Urban news roundup: February 20, 2015

Addis Ababa to get second airport A major infrastructure project in Ethiopia designed to expand the capacity for handling passengers passing through the capital’s airport is on course for completion in 2018, but moves are already under way to build an additional airport. Airport project manager Hailu Gebremariam said Ethiopia is already studying potential sites […]

Urban News Roundup: February 13, 2015

Cape Town EFF thrown out for disrupting Sona, DA walks out Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu were removed from Parliament on Thursday during President Jacob Zuma’s eighth state-of-the-nation address. EFF members demanded to know when Zuma is going to pay back the money towards the costs of security upgrades […]

Ambitious housing project revamping Ethiopian cities

Since 2004, the Ethiopian government has been rolling out a national housing project to solve the country’s urban housing challenge. While the project has made some gains, there remains a housing deficit, especially in urban areas. Ethiopia has one of the lowest proportions of citizens living in urban areas: only 16.7 percent. However, things are […]

Weekly news roundup: February 6, 2015

Lagos evacuates 260 beggars in 100 days In spite of Lagos state Government’s effort to end street begging, more beggars still troop into the state daily. This compelled the government to intensify its raid, leading to the evacuation of 260 beggars from the streets in the last 100 days. – Vanguard In Johannesburg, a new bridge […]

Urban news roundup: January 30, 2015

Johannesburg: Cops implicated in Soweto unrest According to foreign shop owners and those implicated in last week’s seemingly xenophobic looting incidents, the police were complicit — either stealing goods themselves, or assisting others to do so. The attacks are said to be South Africa’s worst in seven years; an estimated 120 foreign-owned or run shops […]

Analysis: Time for Maputo to tackle traffic congestion

In December last year, Maputo’s municipal bus company published a quite astounding statistic. Its annual results for 2013, published in daily newspaper Noticias, showed it had only managed to transport half the number of passengers around Mozambique’s capital city as it had in 2012. It blamed this primarily on increased traffic congestion, which it said […]

Urban news roundup: January 23, 2015

Nairobi police teargas protesting children Almost 100 primary school children staged a protest against the sale of their school playground to a property developer. Around 40 armed police accompanied by dogs dispersed the protesters by firing tear gas canisters, according to an AFP news agency photographer present at the scene. – Al Jazeera   Ouagadougou […]

In Kampala, an Uber for motorcycle taxis puts safety first

(Republished from Citiscope). KAMPALA, Uganda — Motorcycle taxis rule the road in this capital city, where estimates of the number of “boda bodas” ferrying passengers around town range from 65,000 to the hundreds of thousands. That’s at least five times more bodas than New York has yellow cabs. They’re also notoriously unsafe. Between the potholed […]

How Mozambique’s rebel fighters wooed an urban electorate

In October 2013, thousands of people took to the streets of Maputo, the Mozambican capital, in anti-government protests. At municipal elections the following month, which were boycotted by the traditional opposition party and former rebel army Renamo, a third party called the Mozambique Democratic Movement, or MDM, won 40% of the Maputo vote, giving the […]

Weekly news roundup: December 5, 2014

Ouagadougou buries martyrs of the uprising. Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Burkina Faso’s capital for the official funeral of “martyrs” of the bloody uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaore. In all, at least 24 people were killed during demonstrations on October 30 and 31 against a bid by Compaore to extend his […]