December 2011

Kenya: 400 Mau Evictees to Be Resettled - Orengo

AT least 400 Mau evictees from Kipkogor IDP camp in Kuresoi will be resettled before the end of this month, lands minister James Orengo has said. He said the evictees will be resettled on a 1000 acre piece of land in Nakuru county in the next two weeks.

East Africa: Cement Makers Invest Heavily As Demand Rises

Surging demand for cement in the East Africa region is encouraging manufacturers to pump million of dollars into expanding capacity.

Nigeria: Govt Okays N12 Billion On 13 Road Projects

Ekiti State Government is to spend a total sum of N11,477,062,629.73 on 13 road projects, which will cut across 187.87kilometres. Consequently, the state government gave the contractors between six and 12 months to complete the projects.

Nigeria: Police to Establish New Barracks in Borno

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Operations, Audu Abubakar, has said that the police in collaboration with the Borno State government have resolved to build new barracks, and renovate existing ones for men and officers of the Force.

Namibia: Ntinda Responds to Hidipo Hamutenya's Claims

RECENT revelations about how the President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, RDP, Hidipo Hamutenya, messed up two projects that were set up to create jobs for thousands of jobless Namibians, especially former freedom fighters, have embarrassed Hamutenya so much that he has resorted to concocting stories to save his face.

Namibia: Problems Dog Kavango

Poverty, unemployment, alcohol abuse and school dropouts are some of the pressing challenges that Kavango Regional Governor, Maurus Nekaro, has faced about a year after his appointment.

Kenya: Evicted Families to Be Resettled

At least 400 families evicted from the Mau Forest Complex will be resettled by the end of this month, Lands minister James Orengo said at the weekend.

Kenya: Pay Landowners First Before Building Port, Says MP

A nominated MP has urged the government to compensate those who will be evicted to make way for the construction of Lamu port.

Kenya: 14 Killed and 40,000 Homeless in Month of Floods

More than 700 people have been rendered homeless and 10,000 hectares of banana plantations destroyed after River Tana burst its banks following heavy rains.

Kenya: If You Want to Make a Man Cry, Bring Down His Home

An Italian called Giulio Douhet was the first man to speculate that a war could be won by superior air power. In his book Command of the Air he claimed that mass bombing of civilian populations could inflict the type of psychological trauma usually reserved for soldiers in the battlefield.

Kenya: Firms Deny Shoddy Work Claims

Two contractors at the centre of the controversy over the Milimani Law Courts have denied responsibility for the building's state of disrepair.

Zambia: Plans to End Water Blues in Lusaka Underway

LUSAKA Province Minister Miles Sampa has said Government is working on plans to address water shortages in Lusaka Province.

Zambia: Mukanga Fumes Over Shoddy Airport Works

TRANSPORT, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has bemoaned the poor workmanship at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport terminal that is under construction.

Namibia: More Than 2 000 Building Plans Approved in Capital

NEARLY N$1,5 billion worth of building plans have been approved by the Windhoek municipality so far this year, according to Simonis Storm Securities (SSS).

Namibia: Construction Worker Buried Alive

TRENCH TRAGEDY ... The Police and Windhoek fire brigade on Friday struggled for eight hours to retrieve the body of a man who had been buried alive in a five-metre-deep trench at a building site in Windhoek. Photo: Henry van Rooi

Kenya: Demolitions a Gross Affront to Rule of Law

Under the law, title deeds cannot be revoked by executive orders because the allotment of land to a citizen, or others protected under the Constitution, which action is symbolised by title deeds, invests in the allottee inviolable rights that can only be defeated by a lawful procedure in court.

Zimbabwe: Housing Association Launched

THE National Association of Housing Finance Organisations, an organisation that is meant to regulate the operations for housing development trusts and protect home seekers, has been launched.

Zimbabwe: MoU On Kunzvi Dam Project Signed

HARARE'S next major water source, Kunzvi Dam and water works, has come a step nearer as the Government and Kunzvi Water Development Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding that gives the firm the green light to start the construction of the long-awaited Dam in Goromonzi.

Strikes Likely to Hit Mining, Construction, Ports in 2012

Industrial action has increased in multiple sectors in 2011, with industry experts estimating 30 million working days lost so far this year, up from 20 million in 2010.

Cape Town Station Boasts Leading Building Management System

Province Lighting/Automation/Switching is responsible for the highly efficient Building Management System (BMS) in operation at the refurbished Cape Town Station, the hub of the Metrorail Western Cape commuter rail network situated in the city's Central Business District (CBD). 

Established in 1987 in Cape Town, Province Lighting/Automation/Switching is a leading supplier of specialised SABS-approved, commercial, industrial and architectural lighting products and a diverse range of related devices and services that, when integrated, provide an intelligent solution.

Phase One of the Station's refurbishment was completed prior to World Cup 2010. This however was part of a longer-term revitalisation plan, and work for the second phase commenced after the international sports event. 

The revamp of Cape Town Station pre-World Cup comprised the refurbishment, alterations and additions to the station precinct, which is now a world-class transport hub. The first phase also entailed extensive renovations to the main concourse, and construction of a range of new shops along Strand Street.

Development Programs Under Implementation in Anseba Region

A number of development programs are under implementation in Anseba region, reports indicated. These include construction of micro-dams, schools, irrigation facilities and the finalization of water projects.

Bill to Abolish Construction of Bore Holes Underway

A bill, which will abolish the construction of bore holes Anambra State is under way in the state House of Assembly.

1992 Tribal Clashes Victims Now Demand Resettlement

Over 6,000 families that were victims of the 1992 tribal clashes that rocked the country have threatened not to participate in the next general election unless the government resettles them alongside other internally displaced persons.

Eastleigh Residents Want Airbase Moved

BUSINESS leaders in Eastleigh want the government to consider relocating Moi Airbase which they not only blame for recent demolitions but also for continued encroachment on private land. Residents, business leaders, landlords and small-scale traders who appeared before the Mutava Musyimi-led parliamentary probe on the demolitions yesterday told the committee of immense loss occasioned by the demolitions done on the basis of airport security.

Move Moi Airbase Out of Eastleigh

BUSINESS leaders in Eastleigh want Moi Airbase relocated. The airbase was outside Nairobi when it was built in 1921 for the Royal Air Force. Since then it has steadily expanded. Buildings around Moi Airbase are now being controversially demolished to make it more secure. Eastleigh is densely populated and a vibrant commercial district.

'Ultra Modern' Milimani Court Building Falling Apart

It has now emerged that the 'ultra-modern' Milimani Law Courts building unveiled by President Mwai Kibaki earlier this year is yet another white elephant that cost the taxpayer a staggering Sh1 billion.

CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATORS X 2- Middle East

CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATORS / QUANITY SURVEYORS x 2 Middle East
B Sc QS or equivalent Prefer registration , MRICS
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Based on site you will be responsible for supporting the Senior Contracts Administrator on a
major construction contract within the project's overall multi-packaging plan, You will help
ensure that all costs / variations / relevant correspondence are dealt with in a timely manner
as per the contract conditions, You will work amongst a team, reporting to your Senior CA
responsible for the contract

SENIOR CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATORS / MANAGERS x 3 Middle East

SENIOR CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATORS / MANAGERS – Middle East
B Sc QS or equivalent, Chartered or Registered MRICS / MCIArb
Exclusive to Wallstreet in South Africa
International Firm of Construction Commercial Managers & QS's is seeking 3 x Senior
Contracts Administrator / Manager to join their ever-expanding team on a large
infrastructure / transport type project in the Middle East .

Based on site you will be responsible for managing a major construction contract within the
project's overall multi-packaging plan, You will ensure that all contractual issues with
contractors / clients / consultants are monitored fully and/or adhered to, and that any
changes / claims / disputes are resolved in a timely manner as per the contract conditions,

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responsible for the project.

Water Woes - Unacceptably High Vacancy Rate for Senior Managers

In a parliamentary reply to the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has revealed that 49 senior management positions in her Department are vacant. This means that an unacceptably high proportion of all senior positions remain unfilled. Please view the cuurent vacancies by clicking here.

Police Give Ultimatum to Hawkers

The Government of Liberia through the Liberia National Police (LNP) is contemplating on removing street sellers from side-walks by December 15, 2011, following several failed attempts to relocate the street hawkers.