February 2012

FG Begins Evaluation of Abandoned Dams


Following the high number of abandoned dam projects in the country, the federal government has commenced assessment of the projects with a view to charting a way forward for the projects which are geared at improving power generation in the country.

Kashimbilla Dam Attains 40 Per Cent Completion

[Daily Trust]

The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe has expressed her satisfaction at the level of work on the construction of Kashimbilla/Gamovo multipurpose buffer dam and associated structures.

UDA Tenants Win Round One in Case Against Eviction Move

[Daily News]

TEMEKE District Land and Housing Tribunal will continue hearing an application filed by the tenants of Usafirishaji Dar es Salaam (UDA) after overruling preliminary objections on its jurisdiction.

Townships Not Over Shopped, Wealthier Gauteng Suburbs Are


According to an accessibility study of large shopping centres in Gauteng done by AfricaScope, Maponya Mall is the closest to the largest number of people and within the shortest travelling time in Gauteng. 1.2 million people have access to the mall, within approximately 5 minutes travel time by road using a car or taxi.

AFL Housing Is National Security Issue


In her goodwill message to the nation on Armed Forces Day, last Saturday, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf gave a rave review of the re-formed Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) much as she laid bare its challenges and prospects. The president spoke of a once discredited army growing from 106 recruits six short years ago to a robust professionalized armed force of 2,169 professional soldiers and coast guards trained in combat, intelligence, and surveillance from the best military academies across Africa and the

Construction Consultants and Contractors Capacitized


The Association of Construction Contractors (GACCON) and the Gambia Association of Construction Consultants (GACSUL) yesterday 13th February commenced a two day training workshop for construction consultants and contractors on the theme, "The New National Assembly Building Project (NNABP)", at the Laico Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. The training workshop is funded by the National Training Authority (NTA) to capacitize the members of these two professional associations.

Only a Fraction of Namibians Can Afford Houses


WITH what they earn, less than 14 per cent of households in the country can afford to buy a house, FNB Namibia research has shown.

Housing Corporation Plans Low-Income Housing

[Business Daily]

National Housing Corporation (NHC) plans to enter the down-market real estate segment in its next major construction project.

Amuru Eviction Turns Bloody As Residents Resist Relocation

Adjumani/Amuru -
A joint eviction exercise by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the police and army in Apaa Village, Amuru District, entered day three on Monday with one life lost and several others injured.

Housing Finance Seeks a New Core Banking System

[Nairobi Star]

Listed mortgage lender Housing Finance is seeking a new core banking system with capabilities for its mortgage and property sales and rentals business. Now at a transformational stage, the country's only stand-alone mortgage lender is getting set for a new medium term strategy for 2012-2016, according to managing director Frank Ireri.

New Investments Fuel Nakuru Housing Demand

[Nairobi Star]

A surprise turn-around that has seen corporations return to invest in Nakuru town has resulted in a sharp demand for both residential housing and commercial space.

Proposed Building Control Bill to Rid Industry of Quacks


Builders and contractors who breach the law shall be subjected to stringent penalties if the government goes ahead to pass the newly proposed Building Control Bill into law.

Orders Barring Embakasi Demolitions Extended

[Nairobi Star]

Orders baring Embakasi Developers Limited from demolishing houses in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi has been extended. High Court judge Pauline Nyamweya extended the orders to March 1 when the case will be heard. Justice Nyamweya granted the order two weeks ago restraining the developers from interfering with the plaintiffs peaceful occupation of the pieces of land. She directed that the plaintiffs to serve the pleadings and hearing notice to Embakasi developers.

New Regulations for Buildings

[Nairobi Star]

The government is introducing new regulations in the construction industry to curb cases of collapsing buildings in Nairobi and other parts of country. Public Works PS John Lonyangapuo says the National Construction Authority is being strengthened along with other measures to ensure adherence to quality and modern standards in the construction sector.

Communities Urged to Build Own Homes

East London -
Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says people should start building their own homes and stop relying on government alone to provide RDP houses.

Life in Mabushi Slum


The gap between the poor and the rich in the society has continued to expand, especially of recent. The margin between the rich and the poor can be seen as two parallel lines; thus a sharp contrast between the two in terms of accommodation, accessibility to qualitative education, health care, food and finance.

Port Harcourt Residents Protest Fresh Demolition

[Daily Trust]
Port Harcourt -
Residents of Railway Line in Port Harcourt took to the streets on Monday to protest a seven-day quit notice given them to evacuate the area to pave way for a demolition exercise as ordered by Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

FG to Confiscate Sites of Collapsed Buildings

[Daily Trust]
Calabar -
Worried by the recurring cases of building collapse in the country, the Federal Government says it would begin to confiscate sites where buildings collapse in the country no matter who owned them.

Two Succumb to Typhoid, 2 000 Treated

[The Herald]

TWO people have died and about 2 000 patients have been treated of typhoid since the first case was recorded last year in October.

Second Niger Bridge Now to Take Off - Minister

[Daily Champion]
Abuja -
MINISTER of Works, Mike Onolememen has said that financial and other logistic issues delaying the construction of the second Niger Bridge had been sorted our, assuring that very soon, the bridge would be completed.

Court Cases Derail Housing Projects


Court injunctions and scarcity of land have been blamed for the government's slow pace of building affordable houses.

Mass Displacement Begins Near Kenyan Border Towns

Afmadow -
Hundreds of families living in Lower Jubba region of southwestern Somalia began Tuesday fleeing from their house after hitting frequent battle and heavy shells between Somalia government forces allied with Kenyan army and Al-shabab fighters, according to residents.

Luweero Fires Consume 20 Houses in Single Week


Local authorities in Kamira Sub-county, Luweero District, have confirmed at least 20 houses have been burnt and six animals killed in the past one week.

South African Architects Against Corruption

It is no secret amongst architects that corruption at South African municipal building control departments has reached an all time high. It is now threatening the very integrity of the building construction industry and impacting strongly on the efficiency of the professions. Besides costing the country's economy dearly it is placing the Nation's citizens at risk. Corruption has many facets and permeates every level of our society; it is always ugly and always destructive but none so dangerous as that which affects the Built Environment.
Nigeria and Uganda are prime examples of what happens when building controls become dysfunctional - buildings collapse and kill people.

KNSG, Mortgage Firms to Build 20,000 Houses in Kano

[Daily Trust]
Kano -
Kano State Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Mohammed Nadu Yahaya, said Kano government will collaborate with the Federal Mortgage Bank and other private development partners to build 20,000 houses in the 3 new cities the present administration planned to develop in the state.

Kano to Construct Six Major Roads

[Daily Trust]
Kano -
The Kano State government will soon embark on the construction and expansion of six major roads as part of measures to decongest Kano metropolis vehicular traffic. This comes as the government opened bid for the projects which more than 30 construction companies applied for.

Rainstorm Destroys 500 Houses in Lagos

[Daily Champion]

It was a tale woe yesterday for Lagos residents, as the early morning rainstorm which swept through the metropolis destroyed properties worth millions of naira. One person, Mathematics teacher with St Gregeory's College Obalande was reportedly killed.

10 More Kabwe Houses Collapse After Heavy Rains

[Times of Zambia]

TEN more houses in Makululu and Nakoli townships have collapsed in Kabwe following continued heavy rain while a school has been abandoned because of floods.

$500 Million Dangote Cement Plant Works On Course

[Times of Zambia]

WORKS on the construction of the US$500 million Dangote Cement plant in Masaiti District expected to be the largest in Zambia, is progressing well and will be completed on schedule, company logistics manager Kampew Nundwe has disclosed.

MP Mung'aro Warns Against Demolitions

[Nairobi Star]

Malindi MP Gideon Mung'aro yesterday warned the Kenya Airports Authority against demolishing structures at the Malindi Airport.