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Tanzania in Drive for More Low Cost Housing Units

East Africa: Tanzania in Drive for More Low Cost Housing Units - Tanzania's National Housing Corporation (NHC) is set to increase its budget ten-fold, giving it financial muscle to push through key low and medium cost housing projects to reduce the country's housing deficit. Nehemiah Mchechu, the NHC director general said the agency would raise its budget from $23 million to $230 million in the 2011/2012 financial year. [AA Urbanisation]

Why Rapid Urbanisation in Africa Can Be Good News, After All

Africa: Why Rapid Urbanisation in Africa Can Be Good News, After All - In 1890, Jacob Riis, an American immigrant of Danish descent, published a photo journal titled; How the other half lives. This publication depicted scenes of squalor in the tenement housing of New York city and was meant to shock the wealthier half of the New York population into action . [AA Urbanisation]

Nyamata to Get Multi-Million Taxi Park

Rwanda: Nyamata to Get Multi-Million Taxi Park - The construction of a Rwf 330 million bus and taxi terminal in Bugesera District is nearing completion, bringing to an end parking woes in Nyamata town. [AA Construction]

East Africa: Estate And Home Firms to Exhibit This Week

East Africa: Estate And Home Firms to Exhibit This Week - Real estate firms will once again converge at the Annual Stanbic Home and auto show this week starting 20th21st March in Kampala. [AA Construction]

New Church Under Construction in Kiambaa Eldoret

Kenya: New Church Under Construction in Kiambaa Eldoret - A new church is under construction near the Kiambaa KAG church site where 35 kenyans were burnt to death at the height of the post election violence. [AA Construction]

Tourism Body to Develop Hotels in National Parks

Uganda: Tourism Body to Develop Hotels in National Parks - The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has started a project that will see high end hotels constructed in the protected areas to end accommodation shortage in national parks. [AA Construction]

Swakopmund to Repair and Widen Rain-Damaged Roads

Namibia: Swakopmund to Repair and Widen Rain-Damaged Roads - WITH the recent rains most of Swakopmund's roads were damaged, and in order to maintain its vision to "provide and maintain safe, sufficient and affordable services and promote future development to the benefit of our community", the Swakopmund Municipality decided to repair and widen Daniel Kamho Avenue (the old Henties Bay road). [AA Construction]

Squatters Grab IDPs Land

Kenya: Squatters Grab IDPs Land - People displaced by post election violence in 2008 will not get a share of the 1,000 acres bought by the government in Eldoret for their resettlement. [AA Urbanisation]

4.8 Million Slum Dwellers Need Constitutional Protection

Ghana: 4.8 Million Slum Dwellers Need Constitutional Protection - The 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution must be amended to protect housing rights and ensure that tens of thousands of slum dwellers are not threatened with homelessness, Amnesty International said in a document released last Saturday. [AA Urbanisation]

Why Low Cost House Design Won't Fix Slums

Kenya: Why Low Cost House Design Won't Fix Slums - Sometime last year, Vijay Govindarajan, a professor of international business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Christian Sarkar, a marketing consultant, blogged on what a USD300 house could look like. The post had been triggered by an observation of David A. Smith, the founder of the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI), who argued that "markets alone will never satisfactorily house a nation's poorest citizens...whether people buy or rent, housing is typically affordable to only half of the population." This market failure then results in the spread of slums and shantytowns where people often live in difficult circumstances: a Kibera shack with an open sewer running through the kids' bedroom, as featured Comic Relief's Slum Survivor fundraising documentary, is just one example. [AA Urbanisation]

Mudavadi Condemns Neno Evangelism Church Demolition

Kenya: Mudavadi Condemns Neno Evangelism Church Demolition - Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi yesterday urged local councils to embrace dialogue and restraint when carrying out their mandates. [AA Construction]

Three Feared Dead As Four-Storey Building Collapses in Enugu

Nigeria: Three Feared Dead As Four-Storey Building Collapses in Enugu - Tragedy struck in Enugu, Sunday afternoon, when a four-storey building under construction collapsed and reportedly claimed three lives. [AA Construction]

FG's N2.9 Billion Bridge Project Abandoned in Delta

Nigeria: FG's N2.9 Billion Bridge Project Abandoned in Delta - The Federal Government's N2.9 billion bridge project at Ebu, near Asaba in Delta, has been abandoned for almost two years now, investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has revealed. [AA Construction]

NHC to Build 200 New Apartments in Dar 'Salaam

Tanzania: NHC to Build 200 New Apartments in Dar 'Salaam - The National Housing Corporation (NHC) yesterday restated that it has no plans to sell its houses in Upanga, instead it will put up 200 new apartments in the area to accommodate more tenants . [AA Construction]

Amosun Explains Abeokuta Demolition

Nigeria: Amosun Explains Abeokuta Demolition - Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday, explained the building demolished by the state government which sparked off outry was constructed without legal backing and that it constituted security risk. [AA Construction]

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