Urban News roundup: Feb 22, 2014

Freetown‘s frequent power cuts cause President to take firm decision

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed the energy minister and his deputy, as well as suspended senior officials in the electricity sector on Tuesday, in the wake of worsening power cuts in the capital city. – Reuters.

Monrovia‘s hospitals suffer from strikes

In the wake of recent strike action by health workers across Liberia, normal working activities are said to be on a standstill at various government hospitals in the capital. – AllAfrica.

Accra to gain satellite city

A new tech-city is being built on the outskirts of Ghana’s capital. The multi-billion dollar project is said to be having “teething problems” with disapproving residents near the location. – The Guardian.

Abuja municipality completes mass housing project

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the “Aviation Village” in Abuja this week. The 270 newly constructed flats are in line with the government’s goal to improve the living standards of the country’s citizens. – This Day Live.

Bangui under threat of militia attacks

Heavy fighting erupted near the airport in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Wednesday as Christian militia blocked an attempt by Chadian troops to evacuate Muslims from the city. – Mail and Guardian.

Kinshasa finds potential solution to its traffic problems

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city has introduced two, eight-foot tall, talking androids to direct drivers and pedestrians on the road. Kinshasa residents are noticing improvements in traffic. – AFP.

Bor recaptured from rebels

Jonglei state capital in South Sudan has been reclaimed by the national military this week after a month-long conflict believed to have left thousands dead. – BBC.

Addis Ababrevitalised

A renowned African architect gives an account of visionary development prospects for Ethiopia’s capital, recognising infrastructure as a medium through which the city can be enhanced. – The Reporter.

Dar es Salaam residents warned of oncoming heavy rains

Tanzania’s Meteorological Agency has predicted long and heavy rains to start next month and has urged citizens, especially those living in Dar es Salaam, to take precautions. – Daily News.

Tsumeb suburb endures ongoing water shortage

Residents of Soweto, a residential area in Tsumeb, have resorted to fetching water from filthy public toilets as a last resort due to severely limited water sources in the northern Namibian city. – New Era.

Keetmanshoop housing project one week in

The construction of 320 houses in the Namibian city has entered into its first phase. The project is expected to be completed within twelve months. – New Era.

Bulawayo community unite in support of central hospital security upgrade

The city’s residents have given themselves a target to raise $200,000 to construct a perimeter wall around Mpilo Central Hospital. The initiative is a collective response to the health centre’s need for improved security. – Chronicle.



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