Urban news roundup: March 22, 2014

Buchanan‘s road upgrading leaves several homeless

Residents of a recently established community in the port city of Buchanan, Liberia, have expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing construction of road and streets linking their various communities in the county – The News (Monrovia).



Accra authorities concerned about multi-storey construction

A highrise building currently being built “right in-front of” the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, is cause for concern. The city’s authorities have been notified of significant flaws in the building’s contruction – SpyGhana.


Kano city welcomes South African retailer giant

South African retailer Shoprite on Thursday opened its first outlet in northern Nigeria’s largest city and commercial hub, defying wider concerns about security in the region – BusinessDayLive.


Lagos governor’s ambitious development project

Governor of Nigeria’s most populated city, Babatunde Fashola, has taken strides to initiate the construction of “Eko Atlantic City,” a project that holds promises of skyrocketing business activity and financial capital for the region – African Arguments.


Malakal recaptured from rebels

The South Sudanese army announced Wednesday that it had recaptured Malakal, the capital of South Sudan’s oil-rich Upper Nile state, one month after it had fallen into rebel hands on 18 February – Sudan Tribune.


Nairobi sewer network to increase over next five years

In light of new revelations regarding the Kenyan capital’s population growth, city officials are seeking to increase the sewer pipeline network by 200 kilometres in the next five years – CapitalFM.


Mombasa‘s muslim community experiences violent conflict

Radical Islamic youth assaulted a Muslim cleric near the conversational Masjid Musa mosque in Kenya’s port city on Friday last week, accusing him of being a “traitor” – The Star.


Kigali: Urban planners tipped on sustainable growth

At a two-day national forum on sustainable urbanisation hosted in Rwanda’s capital on Thursday, international speakers urge urban planners to “stay ahead of the game” in diminishing the risk of informal settlement growth – New Times (Rwanda).


Windhoek CBD brought to a standstill

Public taxi strikers clashed with police during peak-hour traffic on Thursday afternoon at a key intersection in Namibia’s capital. Protesting drivers blocked off streets to take a stand against high fine levies – The Namibian.


Windhoek: Urban poverty after 24 years

After 24 years of national independence celebrated by Namibia this week, the sprawl of informal settlements along the edges of the capital city has come to characterise the country’s state of urbanisation – The Namibian.


Johannesburg experiences labour strikes

Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) members and supporters marched to national government offices on Wednesday to deliver a memorandum that calls for the implementation of a national minimum wage – BusinessDayLive.


Cape Town ‘loadshedding’ leave many in the dark

Residents of various informal settlements in Cape Town city have experienced power cuts due to South Africa’s energy shortage with little access to information on what to anticipate – GroundUp.

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