Dar needs to deal with unplanned settlements

Living in Dar es Salaam for some can best be described as the struggle of living in unplanned settlements where road networks and drainage systems leave a lot to be desired. But residents can see some light at the end of the tunnel as the government plans to implement the Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Project […]

Urban news roundup: May 08, 2015

A round-up of news headlines from around the continent.

Malled to Death: Gaborone’s Retail Explosion

I was born and raised in Gaborone. Despite being in my mid-twenties I can still recall a time when this city had no shopping malls to speak of. Of course we had African Mall and Main Mall with their quaint rows of shops ranging from butcheries to shoe repairers but we had no real malls. […]

There’s no place like home: Botswana’s housing problem

In November 2014 thousands of Batswana came to apply for plots at Oodi Sub Land Board, the local authority responsible for managing land-related issues in a small part of the country spanning several villages, despite the fact that there were only 400 available plots in all the villages under the board’s mandate. The result was […]

Urban News Roundup: April 3, 2015

Garissa University attack: at least 147 victims At least 147 Kenyans were killed in Thursday morning’s terror attack on Garissa University College, a number Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery described as a “high human cost.” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery announced late Thursday that security forces had ended the day-long siege at the institution, after they killed the four […]

Urban News Roundup: March 20, 2015

Cairo to be replaced by new planned capital city Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people, with the aim of boosting the […]

Urban news roundup: March 6, 2015

Mombasa to receive road upgrades Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has invited bids for the design of Port Reitz Road and Moi International Airport Road aimed at decongesting the two link roads. The roads are to be upgraded from a single carriage way to dual carriageway with grade separated junctions at the Magongo and Port […]

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 […]

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 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 […]