Close to 400 dead in Bangui

Nearly 400 people were killed over the weekend in Bangui, according to the French embassy in the Central African Republic’s capital. “We count 394 dead in the last three days,” French Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius told France 3 TV Sunday. “The operation of disarmament of the Seleka [rebel militias] are going to start,” he said, […]

Mandela’s funeral brings together antagonistic world leaders

Soweto’s Soccer City stadium, venue of the 2010 World Cup final in the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied, is hosting Mandela’s memorial service today. More than ninety world leaders are in attendance, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro. The ceremony recalls Mandela’s gift […]

Harare water crisis strikes city hospital

As surgeries were cancelled and patients were left without drinking water, it was apparent that water delivery in Harare had hit a new crisis point. Harare Hospital, which serves the majority of the city’s residents, has run dry several times this year. There is contestation over whether the fault lies with the Harare City Council […]

Fuel crisis hits Cameroon’s cities

In Yaounde and Douala, motorists are seeking fuel as filling stations run dry. While there is very little information available, it appears that the cause has primarily been an issue with distribution. While the cause of the distribution problem is unclear, Business in Cameroon reports: Meanwhile, at the National Corporation for Petroleum Depots (SCDP) that […]

Lagos welcomes the second African Athletics Masters Championship

The second African Athletics Masters Championship, celebrated for the first time last year in South Africa, will be held on Teslim Balogun Stadium on December 6th and 7th, will count on the participation of 150 athletics oldies from Nigeria and Cameroun, as reported by All Africa. “It is very important to give support to these athletes who were once […]

New terminal to handle 20 million passengers at Nairobi international airport

Kenya started building a $653 million new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International airport Tuesday. This is the second large infrastructure project it has launched in a week, aimed at boosting trade and cementing its status as a regional commercial hub. The new terminal, whose first phase construction is expected to be finished in 2016, will be able to […]

High prices for rentals in Accra

The number of people living in Accra is thought to be at least eight million. Official statistics say the population grew from 2.9 million in 2000 to four million in 2010 as a result of people flocking to the capital in search of better work prospects. The city’s housing deficit makes it tough for residents […]

Tshwane declared a disaster zone after hail storm

Last Thursday, a hail storm caused extensive damage within the Pretoria area amounting to R100 million ($10 million). Largely striking the poorest areas of the city and numerous power sources, the storm also saw hail stones the size of peoples’ hands. South Africa’s Highveld is renowned for its late afternoon thunder storms during summer; this […]

Amnesty International takes up cause of evicted urban residents

The forced eviction of residents from Badia East in Lagos in February will make human rights headlines this month. Amnesty International has taken up the plea of residents after 2000 people were forcibly removed and have still not been compensated 10 months later. The alleged violation of evictees’ rights by police during the evictions led […]

Kenyan journalists demonstrate against media bill

Kenyan media workers demonstrated across Nairobi Tuesday in protest against a controversial media bill. President Kenyatta vetoed the original bill in parliament last week but proposed changes that media members say are worse than the original. As The Standard reports: “Editors, hundreds of journalists staged protest along the streets of Nairobi Tuesday to protest against […]