November 2010

Three Killed At Construction Site

Uganda: Three Killed At Construction Site - THREE people died at a construction site on Entebbe Road after a dune of soil collapsed on them yesterday. The incident took place at Namasuba at about 3:00pm, shortly after the workers had finished with their lunch. [AA Construction]

Cement Prices Decline by 18 Percent

Uganda: Cement Prices Decline by 18 Percent - Cement prices have dropped by 18% in the past one year. The East African Cement Producers Association (EACPA) attributes the decline to an increase in local cement production. [AA Construction]

Police Force to Build Own Houses

Uganda: Police Force to Build Own Houses - The Police is to acquire 20 hydra-form machines for making bricks in a bid to tackle the acute accommodation shortage and improve welfare in the Force. [AA Construction]

Work Resumes on Lafia Water Treatment Plant

Nigeria: Work Resumes on Lafia Water Treatment Plant - Work has resumed on the N539 million water treatment plant in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, as the contractor has returned to site to complete the laying of pipes through the metropolis and its environs. [AA Construction]

More Schools for Limpopo Learners

South Africa: More Schools for Limpopo Learners - Learners in Limpopo who have been battling in overcrowded classrooms will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the province is set to get more schools before the end of the financial year. [AA Construction]

Kigali One Stop Centre Addresses Woes in the Construction Sector

Uganda: Kigali One Stop Centre Addresses Woes in the Construction Sector - The experts are busy. Some are attending to clients trickling at intervals, while others are scrutinizing a pile of documents submitted by people seeking construction permits. These architects, engineers, surveyors and environmentalists who used to be scattered in different parts of Kigali, are now assembled at Nyarugenge District Hall where they are under one roof to handle 'big' developers. [AA Construction]

New technology to be discussed at water conference

Pretoria - Water supply, resource management and sustainability in the water industry are among the top issues to be covered during the Vietnam Water Industry Conference.

Themed, "Green Technologies & Solutions for a Sustainable Water Industry", the three-day conference to be held in Ho Chi Minh City will run from 10 to 12 November 2010.

It will focus on emerging technologies and advances that are eco-friendly, energy efficient as well as management best practices.

The South African delegation will be led by Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

Making clean, potable water available to everyone is one of SA's key priorities. South Africa is largely a semi-arid, water-stressed country. The country's average rainfall of about 450mm a year is well below the world average of about 860mm a year.

South Africa has a National Water Resource Strategy, which was approved in September 2004. It describes how South Africa's water resources will be protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in accordance with the requirements of the National Water Policy.

One million Rand allocated to clean up Madibeng's water crisis

Pretoria - An amount of R1 million has been allocated to help the Madibeng Local Municipality address its water crisis.

The assistance follows an outbreak of algal blooms in raw water sources in the Hartebeespoort area, which prompted the municipality to close all outlet valves supplying water to the surrounding areas.

The North West Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs said to date, water tanks have been deployed to supply water to the worst affected areas such as Mmakau, Letlhabile, Centerville, Maboloka, Lethabong, Madidi, Oskraal, Brits, Itsoseng, Meerhof, Mothutlung and Oukasi.

"Officials from Magalies Water are currently refurbishing the Brits plant, while the Haartebeespoort water purification plant will also undergo major refurbishment," the department said.

The cost to sustain the project is estimated at R8 million and to address the shortfall, the department is in the process of securing additional funding through the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

The Tata Africa Scholarships 2011 Call for Entries - All Disciplines

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Rail on the Way

Ethiopia: Rail on the Way - Part of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), the new railway designs are to connect some of the major cities of Ethiopia. From Mekelle up North; Galafi and Djibouti in the East; Awash and Sebeta; and Jimma down South, the 1,833.6km-long railway will be providing service to these locations. [AA Urbanisation]

Windhoek Backtracks on Squatters

Namibia: Windhoek Backtracks on Squatters - The City of Windhoek has apparently backtracked on its decision to forcibly remove squatter shacks at the so-called 8ste Laan settlement at Otjomuise. [AA Urbanisation]

Nigeria: FG Poised to Provide Mass Housing

Nigeria: FG Poised to Provide Mass Housing - The Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, Hon. Nduese Essien,has cleared the air on why previous policy statements to provide mass housing for Nigerians failed. [AA Urbanisation]

Government to Build Church, Health Unit in Luwero

Uganda: Govt to Build Church, Health Unit in Luwero - THE Government will start rebuilding three institutions in Luweero Triangle this month. [AA Construction]

NGO Builds Kapchorwa Markets

Uganda: NGO Builds Kapchorwa Markets - RESIDENTS of Kween and Kapchorwa districts are to benefit from the construction of roads and markets under the Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme. [AA Construction]

New President's Office Plan Put On Hold

Kenya: New President's Office Plan Put On Hold - Plans to build President Kibaki a new office in Upper Hill, Nairobi, have stalled. [AA Construction]

Museum Faces Demolition

Uganda: Museum Faces Demolition - One of Uganda's most venerated and symbolic cultural and preservation sites faces demolition to pave way for the construction of government offices. [AA Construction]

Uphill Task Awaits Governor to Turn Kisumu Into Regional Business Hub

Kenya: Uphill Task Awaits Governor to Turn Kisumu Into Regional Business Hub - Kisumu County can be likened to the man who lives by the river but washes his face in the morning dew. [AA Construction]

Kamya - I Will Build Permanent Houses for War Victims

Uganda: Kamya - I Will Build Permanent Houses for War Victims - Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) president Betty Olive Namisango Kamya says she will reconstruct northern Uganda and resettle war victims. [AA Construction]

Twin Towers for the Rock City

Nigeria: Twin Towers for the Rock City - The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, USA, were destroyed on September 11, 2001under circumstances that shook the country to its foundation. The 28-year-old landmark had become a symbol of the city's economical and political success. [AA Construction]

Akure Eyes Megacity Status With N13.5 Billion Road Schemes

Nigeria: Akure Eyes Megacity Status With N13.5 Billion Road Schemes - Within a 21-month period, the government of Ondo State has committed a whopping N13,478,784,766.80 towards fixing the state of its road infrastructure and kick-starting the transformation of several spots especially Akure, the capital city. [AA Construction]

40 Luuka Pupils Injured in Classroom Collapse

Uganda: 40 Luuka Pupils Injured in Classroom Collapse - About 40 pupils of Hidaya Islamic Primary School are admitted in hospital after a classroom block collapsed on them. [AA Construction]

Foundation for Cazenga District Upgrading Laid

Angola: Head of State Lays Foundation for Cazenga District Upgrading - The foundation stone for the upgrading of the Luanda's high density suburb of Cazenga, was laid Monday during a ceremony chaired by Angolan head of State, José Eduardo do Santos. [AA Construction]

Tunisia: European Investment Bank Grants Nation Loan to Upgrade Electricity Network

Tunisia: European Investment Bank Grants Nation Loan to Upgrade Electricity Network - On Friday in Tunis, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) signed a loan agreement worth 185 million Euros, some 350 million dinars (MTD). [AA Urbanisation]

Local Construction Companies Fear Future

Namibia: Local Construction Companies Fear Future - After 30 months of job security, these men's future is no longer secure. Michael Antonius, Andreas Nghilokwa and Saius Ng- hidengwa say they don't know if they will have work next year, after working for Namibia Construction on the trunk road for the past two and half years. [AA Construction]

Luanda Government to Build Crematorium

Angola: Luanda Government to Build Crematorium - The Luanda provincial Government (GPL) will build a district crematorium this year in the capital. [AA Construction]

As Uncompleted Projects Litter Lagos Landscape

Nigeria: As Uncompleted Projects Litter Lagos Landscape - When the current Chairmen of the 20 Local Governments (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) were inaugurated in October 2008, majority of them like their boss at the state level immediately went to work with a flurry of construction and renovation works. [AA Construction]

FCTA Demolishes Area3 Shopping Complex, Seals UTC

Nigeria: FCTA Demolishes Area3 Shopping Complex, Seals UTC - The Abuja Markets Management Limited (AMML), in collaboration with Abuja Environmental Protection Board, (AEPB) and the FCT Department of Development Control on Saturday demolished the popular Area 3 shopping complex. [AA Construction]

Motlanthe assesses antipoverty interventions

By Mandla Khoza

Malalane - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has promised the poverty-stricken residents of Ntunda village in Mpumalanga's Nkomazi area that their development needs will be prioritised and that he will be back to personally assess the progress that has taken place.

Motlanthe was speaking during a War on Poverty campaign meeting with the community on Saturday, during which he visited several poor households and also launched the Ntunda Water Purification Plant.

He was accompanied by Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Social Development Edna Molewa and Minister of Water and Environment Buyelwa Sonjica and several MECs.

Motlanthe heard from the community, which comprises about 5 000 people, that there was no clinic, high unemployment, little skills development and a lack of access to information about government development initiatives.

Members of the delegation visited 39 households in the village - which has never had running tap water since it was established about 50 years ago - and promised each family an RDP house.

New Minister and Deputy Minister for Public Works

Pretoria - The Department of Public Works is to have a new minister and deputy minister after the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday.

Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde was appointed the new Public Works Minister and her deputy is Benedict "Ben" Martins. They are expected to be sworn in, along with other new ministers, this afternoon.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who was Deputy Minister for Economic Development, replaces Geoff Doidge.

She has served as Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee of the National Assembly and was Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2008 to 2009.

She became Deputy Speaker in 2004 and was later elected as Speaker on 25 September 2008.

In the latter post, Mahlangu-Nkabinde succeeded Baleka Mbete, who was appointed as Deputy President of South Africa at the time, and was in turn succeeded as Deputy Speaker by former Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.

Following the April 2009 general election, she was replaced as Speaker by Max Sisulu on 6 May 2009.

Amuru Civil Servants Get Houses

Uganda: Amuru Civil Servants Get Houses - For the last five years, civil servants of Amuru district, including the chief administrative officer and LC5 chairperson, have been commuting from Gulu town and arriving late at their offices due to lack of accommodation. [AA Urbanisation]