February 2010

Cameroon: Gov't Embarks On Vast Construction

Cameroon: Gov't Embarks On Vast Construction - The project to provide 10.000 houses to all major towns in the country for low income earners has been launched in Douala and Yaounde. [AA Construction]

Uganda: UPE schools Need 51,000 More Classrooms - Ministry

Uganda: UPE schools Need 51,000 More Classrooms - Ministry - SCHOOLS under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme need 51,000 more classrooms, statistics from the education ministry have shown. [AA Construction]

Uganda: A $6 Million Centre to Boost Rice Industry

Uganda: A $6 Million Centre to Boost Rice Industry - THE construction of a $6m regional rice research and training centre has began at the National Crop Resource Research Institute (NACCRI) at Namulonge. [AA Construction]

SA the biggest welfare state in the world, says economist

SA the biggest welfare state in the world, says economist - South Africa is the biggest welfare state in the world, economist Mike Schussler said on Thursday. [XMG News]

Tunisia: Real Estate At the Click of a Mouse - Tunisia Launches New Portal

Tunisia: Real Estate At the Click of a Mouse - Tunisia Launches New Portal - The first Tunisian real estate portal "Tunisia real estate" was launched on February 15, 2010; composed of 7 websites dedicated to real estate professionals, the new portal is dubbed "lereflex-immobilier.net". [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: NISE Tasks FG On Building Collapse

Nigeria: NISE Tasks FG On Building Collapse - The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers' (NISE), a division of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has initiated nine-point agenda to stop the incessant cases of building collapse in the country. [AA Urbanisation]

Botswana: Germans Eye Country's Energy and Water Sectors

Botswana: Germans Eye Country's Energy and Water Sectors - A 22 member business delegation from Germany is in the country to explore investment opportunities in various sectors of the economy mainly mining and energy. [AA Urbanisation]

Uganda: Hilton Hotel to Be Ready by September

Uganda: Hilton Hotel to Be Ready by September - THE $100m Hilton Hotel will be ready by September, Mohamed Mohamed Hamid, the AYA Group of Companies managing director, has said. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Area 10 Traders Want Abandoned Projects Completed

Nigeria: Area 10 Traders Want Abandoned Projects Completed - Traders at Area 10 business area in Abuja (popularly called UTC) are not happy with the way a construction firm has abandoned a car park project it was given to do since 2005. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Abia Awards N167 Million For Renovation of Hospitals

Nigeria: Abia Awards N167 Million For Renovation of Hospitals - Abia State Government has awarded a contract worth over N92 million for modernisation of Abia State Specialist Diagnostic Hospital, Umuahia, which it took over last year to bring modern technology into health care in the state. [AA Construction]

Fifty Two Billion Rand for Public Works Projects Over Next Three Years

Cape Town - Around R52 billion will be made available in the next three years to roll out various Expanded Public Works projects over the next three years.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tabling his Budget Speech today, said an additional R2.5 billion will be used to support labour intensive projects in the social, non-governmental and environmental sectors, largely targeted at rural areas.

The second phase of the EPWP aims at creating 4.5 million short-term job opportunities. The programme created 1.6 million short-term jobs during its first phase from 2004 to 2009, exceeding its target of one million. A projected 642 000 job opportunities will be created in 2010/11, rising to 1.2 million in 2012/13.

"Public sector investment is a crucial component of development as it provides the infrastructure through which we transport goods, power the economy and connect households and business to services and markets," said Gordhan.

Over the next three years, the public sector aims to spend R846 billion on its infrastructure programme with a significant portion of the work to be undertaken by state-owned entities.

SA Municipalities to receive R55 Billion Boost

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has in his Budget Speech announced a R55 billion allocation to widely cash-strapped municipalities in the next financial year.

This figure will increase to R78 billion in 2012/2013.

Delivering the R907 billion budget for 2010/2011 on Wednesday, Gordhan said municipalities will receive an additional R6.7 billion through the local government equitable share to help them cushion the poor households from the rising costs of electricity and water.

A sizeable number of municipalities countrywide were cash-strapped in the past financial year as most families in poor households battled to pay for services. The equitable share funding allows municipalities to supplement their revenue in order to achieve the intended access to basic public services for communities.

A further R2.5 billion will go to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to help municipalities address issues of aging infrastructure and to better the provision of services.

"We are mindful of the fact that even though transfers to municipalities have increased strongly over the past five years, service delivery problems persist," Gordhan said.

New Model of growth and job creation identified by government

Cape Town - Government is looking at ways to boost employment creation and economic growth as South Africa emerges from the global economic recession, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

"The recent crisis and its aftermath have led to a serious introspection and rethinking of what were thought to be robust and superior economic models," Gordhan said, delivering his maiden Budget Speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

He said all South Africans shared a commitment to expand job creation and grow the economy.

Chief among these are a need to reduce joblessness among youth, support labour-intensive industries through industrial policy interventions, improve the performance of the state and ensure that the country maintained a competitive exchange rate and low inflation rate.

Other interventions that the government would look at in supporting growth and employment were skills development, public employment programmes, rural development, improving the savings level and ensuring a more inclusive labour market, he said.

Liberia: MPW, Partners Begins Seminar for Local Contractors Today

Liberia: MPW, Partners Begins Seminar for Local Contractors Today - The Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors (ALCC), GTZ, the World Bank and InWent is expected to hold a two (2) day capacity building seminar for local road construction contractors in the country next week. [AA Construction]

Harare Council Needs U.S.$250 Million for Water

Harare Council Needs U.S.$250 Million for Water - Harare Council Needs U.S.$250 Million for Water - HARARE City Council needs over US$250 million to adequately supply water to all its customers, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday. [All Africa : Zimbabwe] [AA Zimbabwe]

Five Year Licences for Private Water Suppliers

Five Year Licences for Private Water Suppliers - Five Year Licences for Private Water Suppliers - Private water suppliers in Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola seem to have won their demand for five year licences. [AA Network News] [AA Mozambique]

Govt to Invest 200 Million Kwanzas in Electricity, Water Sectors

Govt to Invest 200 Million Kwanzas in Electricity, Water Sectors - Govt to Invest 200 Million Kwanzas in Electricity, Water Sectors - A total of 200 million kwanzas is the amount invested by government of the southern Bié province, in the year 2009, in the sector of electricity, in order to improve the population's living standards. [AA Network News] [AA Angola]

Eti-Osa Local Govt to Float Bio-Diesel Refinery

Eti-Osa Local Govt to Float Bio-Diesel Refinery - Eti-Osa Local Govt to Float Bio-Diesel Refinery - As part of efforts at combating the menace of climate change, Eti Osa Local Government Council of Lagos State has said it is set to float the first bio-diesel refinery in the country. [Nigeria News : All Africa] [AA Nigeria]

South Africa: Evictees Near World Cup Stadium Win Temporary Reprieve

South Africa: Evictees Near World Cup Stadium Win Temporary Reprieve - ABOUT 1000 inner-city residents evicted from a building near the Coca-Cola Park rugby stadium on Friday were temporarily allowed to return to their homes after they went to court yesterday to fight the eviction, which they said was unlawful. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: PetroSA's R9 Billion Oil Refinery 'On Track'

South Africa: PetroSA's R9 Billion Oil Refinery 'On Track' - THE government said yesterday PetroSA's 9bn Project Mthombo was "on track", providing a fillip for SA's biggest crude oil refinery to be built as scheduled. [AA Urbanisation]

Zuma: More talks on Pretoria name change

Cape Town - Further talks with the parties involved will need to take place before a decision can be made on the change of the capital city's name to Tshwane, says President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma was responding to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and leader of the Freedom Front Plus, Dr Pieter Mulder's speech during the Parliamentary debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in which he raised the issue of geographic name changes and specifically Pretoria.

The change of Pretoria to Tshwane has been a longstanding and thorny issue.

Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana retracted the registration of the Tshwane municipal council name as a geographical feature earlier this month due to technical issues. Ministry officials have since been instructed to carry out more work on the matter.

Describing the issue of what names one should use to describe the towns, cities, streets and geographical features of the country as "difficult", Zuma said he had met with Dr Mulder to discuss the matter.

Malawi : Madonna's School for Girls finally off the ground

Material Girl comes to Africa - and makes a material difference.

The BBC reports that some two hundred Malawian villagers have accepted a compensation deal which will see them moving off the land purchased by the artist's foundation some time ago. The protesting squatters have accepted a cash settlement figure of US$105,000 and free land elsewhere. Work is now expected to start on the Raising Malawi Girls Academy outside the capital, Lilongwe. The project is estimated to cost US$15 Million. An AFP news agency report indicates that the project will be completed by 2012.

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Uganda: 100 Encroachers Face Eviction From Lutoboka Forest

Uganda: 100 Encroachers Face Eviction From Lutoboka Forest - The parliamentary Committee on Commissions and Statutory Authorities has given a go ahead to the National Forestry Authority to evict the over 100 encroachers in Lutoboka Forest Reserve in Kalangala District. [AA Urbanisation]

Tanzania: Ray of Hope in Zanzibar As Govt Moves to End Power Blackouts

Tanzania: Ray of Hope in Zanzibar As Govt Moves to End Power Blackouts - The Zanzibar government has outlined measures to end the incessant power blackouts on the island, which have hurt the tourism industry. [AA Urbanisation]

Congo-Kinshasa: Corruption Evidence Mounts in China Deal

Congo-Kinshasa: Corruption Evidence Mounts in China Deal - Over US $23 million in signature bonuses payable on China's $6 billion Sino-Congolaise des Mines (Sicomines) deal with the Kinshasa government have been stolen according to a probe by a commission set up by the National Assembly. [AA Construction]

Rwanda: Man Killed in Demolition Exercise

Rwanda: Man Killed in Demolition Exercise - Hamza Izabayo, 23, was killed when part of a wall fell on him during demolition of houses in Gisenyi town of Rubavu District. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Yobe Housing Programme Could Be National Model

Nigeria: Yobe Housing Programme Could Be National Model - For Modu Goni Aisami, a civil servant in Yobe who has spent 27 years in service, it was a hopeless situation to own a decent house before retirement. His dream and that of thousands of other civil servants to move out of make-shift squatter camps to owning decent accommodation has remained a tall, unrealistic dream. [AA Construction]

Botswana: Karate Hall Construction Begins

Botswana: Karate Hall Construction Begins - The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction of the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) Karate Hall, known as the Dojo will be held tomorrow after months of delay. [AA Construction]