June 2010

Uganda: Rukungiri, Bushenyi for Sh 4 Billion Power Project

Uganda: Rukungiri, Bushenyi for Sh 4 Billion Power Project - Rukingiri and Bushenyi villages have allowed the Rural Electrification Agency to extend power to their communities. [AA Urbanisation]

South Africa: Affordable Housing for Low-Medium Income Earners

South Africa: Affordable Housing for Low-Medium Income Earners - Struggling low-to-middle income earners in East London will soon get affordable rental accommodation. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Town Planners Urged to Utilize Vision 20 - 20 Blue Print in Professional Practise

Nigeria: Town Planners Urged to Utilize Vision 20 - 20 Blue Print in Professional Practise - Recent government interventions such as the creation of NDDC, NEPAD, MDGs, and the release of the final blue print for the attainment of vision 20:2020 will open a new vista to the professional practice of town planners. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Fadugba Warns Against Building Cargo Airport

Nigeria: Fadugba Warns Against Building Cargo Airport - Secretary General of African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Mr. Nick Fadugba, has advised governments and private investors in the aviation industry to build airports that will operate both passenger and cargo airport instead of constructing cargo airport alone, as it will reduce the revenue generation of the airport. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Burnt Bricks Making As Brisk Business

Nigeria: Burnt Bricks Making As Brisk Business - Faced with the biting effect of the economic meltdown, many Nigerians have gone back to their traditional ways of earning a living. In the Northern part of the country the local block industry has come alive as jobless youths have turned to it as an alternative means of survival. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Engineers Tasked On Costing of Projects

Nigeria: Engineers Tasked On Costing of Projects - The Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Felix Atume, who is the coordinator of the Anti-Corruption crusade of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has said engineers can do more work by applying rate analysis to get the exact probable cost of any project. [AA Construction]

Uganda: Construction of New Aswa Bridge Starts

Uganda: Construction of New Aswa Bridge Starts - Construction works on a new two-way bridge over Aswa River have started. Works state minister John Byabagambi commissioned the construction on Tuesday. [AA Construction]

Angola: Delay in Delivery of Youths Homes Explained

Angola: Delay in Delivery of Youths Homes Explained - The delay in handing over of 50 social houses to youths, initially set for April this year, in central Huambo province, was due to works of conclusion inside of the residential complex, Angop learnt. [AA Urbanisation]

West Africa: ECOWAS Council of Ministers Adopts Regional Industrial Policy

West Africa: ECOWAS Council of Ministers Adopts Regional Industrial Policy - The Ecowas Council of Ministers has adopted the West African Common Industrial Policy (WACIP), its action plan and supplementary acts and called on the Ecowas Commission to take all necessary steps to ensure their speedy implementation. [AA Urbanisation]

Gambia: Fire Ravages Eight Houses in Boraba Village

Gambia: Fire Ravages Eight Houses in Boraba Village - A fire outbreak that occurred on Friday afternoon June 4th destroyed eight houses in Boraba Village, in the Upper Fulladu West district, Central River Region (CRR) south. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Lagos Plans Rehabilitation of Scavengers

Nigeria: Lagos Plans Rehabilitation of Scavengers - Lagos State Government on Monday said it would rehabilitate refuse pickers known as "scavengers" and use them for waste recycling. Mr. Ola Oresanya, the Managing Director of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), said this at the state's maiden Solid Waste Management Open Day held in Lagos. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Transforming Prisons

Nigeria: Transforming Prisons - Nigerian prisons have suffered severe neglect in the hands of various administrations over the years. This has culminated in the deplorable state of prisons across the country. Apart from the dilapidated infrastructures of most prisons in the country, there is also the problem of over congestion of Prisons as a result of large number of people awaiting trial. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Katsina Govt Pays N563 Million to Housing Contractors

Nigeria: Katsina Govt Pays N563 Million to Housing Contractors - The Katsina State Government has so far paid N563.1 million to the contractors handling the construction of 252 new low cost houses along Daura road in Katsina. [AA Construction]

Uganda: LC5 Slams University Plans

Uganda: LC5 Slams University Plans - The government's plan to open a public university in the West Nile region before the area gets electricity will be waste of resources, the acting Maracha district LC5 chairman has said. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Bayelsa to Build 2,000 Houses

Nigeria: Bayelsa to Build 2,000 Houses - The Bayelsa Government says it has approved the construction of 2,000 low cost housing units to tackle shortage of ccommodation.The Commissioner of Information, Nathan Egba, disclosed this in a statement in Yenagoa. [AA Construction]

Namibia: Meatco Adds 70 New Crush Pens in Ncas

Namibia: Meatco Adds 70 New Crush Pens in Ncas - Meatco is facilitating the establishments of 70 crush pens in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) after plans to establish a feedlot at Etunda near Ruacana under the auspices of the Agriculture Ministry collapsed. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Actis Commences Work On U.S.$100 Million Ikeja City Mall Project

Nigeria: Actis Commences Work On U.S.$100 Million Ikeja City Mall Project - Actis, a leading private equity investor in emerging markets, has commenced construction at the $100million Ikeja City Mall project in Lagos with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Governor Babatunde Fashola, and project partners, Paragon Holdings and RMB Investments & Advisory. [AA Construction]

2010 Opening Ceremony Kicks Off The Biggest Show On Earth

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Johannesburg - After six years of waiting, the much anticipated first 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first to be held on African soil, opened at 2pm, with all the promised pomp, splendour and colour.

A large crowd at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium, as well as viewers all over the world, were entertained by artists from different parts of the continent in true African style in the Opening Ceremony of the biggest sporting spectacle that was themed "Welcoming the World Home".

World Cup To Leave Lasting Legacy

Pretoria- Education will be the legacy of the first Soccer World Cup on African soil, says FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

"Education, this is the legacy not the infrastructure. Naturally you must be proud of the infrastructure in South Africa not only for the people but the football society. But the legacy is education, "said Blatter at a briefing hosted by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

This as President Zuma announced that government plans to host a 1Goal Education campaign on 7 July on the sidelines of the semi-finals in Cape Town. The World Cup officially kicks off on Friday.

South Africa More Than Ready ...

Pretoria- With four days to go before the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is more than ready to host the spectacle, says President Jacob Zuma.

"South Africa is more than ready. For us the World Cup has already begun," President Zuma told journalists on Sunday.

The president said the country has been preparing for the tournament since 15 May 2004. He acknowledged the role played by FIFA President Sepp Blatter for his confidence in South Africa's ability to host the World Cup in the face of doubt and Afro-pessimists.

Travel Tips for Fans during World Cup 2010

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg - With more than half of the teams and their fans already in the country, the Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) recently issued travel tips to air travellers during the World Cup.

ACSA Group Communications Manager, Solomon Makgale said: "This is crunch time as we expect the greatest volume of visitors through our airports, with the next three weeks being a critical period for everyone involved in our operations."

He said their extensive planning and collaboration with all our stakeholders aims to minimise disruptions due to the increased volumes.

This also involves airport users fully understanding what the airport arrangements are for the duration of the tournament where on certain days the network of ACSA airports will facilitate more than 100 000 passengers a day.

ACSA has raised its operational capabilities and capacity in the areas of security, passenger processing, baggage handling and vehicle traffic control to avoid delays and ensure safe, hassle-free travelling.

World Cup 2010 : Everything You Need To Know About Attending A Match

Everything you need to know about attending a FIFA World Cup Match in South Africa

The 2010 Local Organising Committee has issued comprehensive transport guidelines and other important information for the thousands of fans who will be attending matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Uganda: KCC to Beautify City

Uganda: KCC to Beautify City - Kampala City Council (KCC) has launched a campaign to beautify the city and turn it into a model city, town clerk Ruth Kijjambu has said.She was commissioning a sh100m fountain at the Nile Avenue round about opposite Nakumatti Oasis shopping Mall. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: Before Another Building Collapses

Nigeria: Before Another Building Collapses - Recent spate of building collapse incidences can be traced to as far back as 1999 when a building in Bariga, a Lagos suburb, experienced structural failure. The developer, one Alhaji Raimi, was accused of having used bamboo as reinforcement for a one-storey building that was under construction. [AA Urbanisation]

Mozambique: Government Repeats Commitment to Decent Housing

Mozambique: Government Repeats Commitment to Decent Housing - Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali on Monday reiterated the government's commitment to improve living standards by providing Mozambicans with decent housing or the possibility to build their own homes on land where roads, electricity and water supply are already available. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: We Heard a Deafening Noise And the Building Crumbled

Nigeria: We Heard a Deafening Noise And the Building Crumbled - Wednesday was yet another black day for the building industry in Lagos. An uncompleted storey building at Adenike Street, off New market in the popular Oniru Estate, Victoria Island suddenly came crumbling. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: From 1Million FG Homes to 55,000 - How Feasible?

Nigeria: From 1Million FG Homes to 55,000 - How Feasible? - The late President Umaru Musa Yar' Adua early last year gave a directive to the then Minister of Housing, Halima Alao, to set in motion a machinery that would make available an estimated one million housing units for the masses nationwide. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Kano Govt to Construct N1.4 Billion Women Centre

Nigeria: Kano Govt to Construct N1.4 Billion Women Centre - Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has laid the foundation of a N1.4 billion Women Development Centre at Kofar Na'isa in Kano city. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: Firm Wins $1.2 Billion Mass Housing Project in Chad

Nigeria: Firm Wins $1.2 Billion Mass Housing Project in Chad - Efforts at boosting economic integration between Nigeria and the Republic of Chad have started yielding dividend, as an indigenous construction firm based in Nigeria, over the weekend won the bid to construct 50,000 housing units in Chad at a cost of $1.2billion. [AA Construction]

Nigeria: FG Cancels Abuja Second Runway Project

Nigeria: FG Cancels Abuja Second Runway Project - The controversial Abuja airport second runway contract awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has been cancelled by the Federal Government. [AA Construction]