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Weekly news roundup: October 10, 2014

Desalination plans for Dakar water supply. A joint venture led by France’s Eranove subsidiary, Senegalaise des Eaux (SDE), has announced plans for the construction of a 100,000 cubic metre/day desalination plant in Senegal to boost water supply in urban areas especially the capital Dakar. – The International Water Association. At least 12 killed in Bangui. […]

An exhibition on cities through the lens of Cape Town

The African Centre for Cities, a UCT research unit, is mounting a wide-ranging exhibition investigating the challenges and possibilities facing Cape Town. Entitled City Desired, the exhibition opens at 18h00 on 30 October in City Hall and runs until 10 December 2014. City Desired emerges against the backdrop of the World Design Capital (WDC) programme, […]

Weekly news roundup: October 3, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent

A look inside Yaounde’s scrap metal economy

Every day, 12-year-old Ali Mustapha and his three older brothers take to Yaounde’s streets in search of scrap metal with little or no idea of what they will excavate from beneath the earth and rubble. “We never return empty handed,” said the young waste picker. “We pick all sorts of metal, even those that are […]

Weekly news roundup: September 26, 2014

Cape Town to shut gay-friendly mosque. South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, must close, a local official has told the BBC. A City of Cape Town councillor says the newly established Open Mosque has violated municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces. The mosque officially opened its doors on Friday […]

Weekly news roundup: September 19, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Weekly news roundup: September 12, 2014

Islamist militants about to take Benghazi. Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the North African country into three warring parts. Three weeks after losing Tripoli to a different militia, the army now faces an offensive in […]

Weekly news roundup: September 5, 2014

This week’s headlines from across the continent

Weekly news roundup: August 29, 2014

Kickoff for Nairobi‘s e-pay parking. The pilot project for the cashless payment of parking fees in Nairobi was launched on Haile Selassie Avenue on Monday. Jambopay Chief Executive Officer, Danson Muchemi says the five-day exercise will see motorists pay for their parking using their mobile phones or through agents located strategically on the street. – CAPITAL […]