Urban News Roundup – 19 June 2015

Cape Town: City Withdraws Salt River Market’s Permit

What was supposed to be an upliftment project for the Salt River community has turned into a nightmare for market organiser Kim van Lingen. The permit for her market was withdrawn days before the second one was to take place.

Van Lingen is the organiser of the Yew Street Market, which is described as a return to the authentic community street market: “An eclectic mix of a fully fledged farmers and food market, an Artist & Makers Market and a Previously Loved, Vintage Market and Knick Knack Market all rolled into one.” – Groundup

Gauteng: Urban Migration ‘Putting Pressure’ On Gauteng’s Public Transport

Gauteng’s population is projected to double over the next 25 years, placing increased pressure on public transport, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has said. “Gauteng’s population has doubled in the last 20 years. We got our 25-year plan – the integrated master plan,” Vadi told News24. – News24

Maiduguri: Shettima Sets Deadline for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation of 22 Communities

The Borno State government has set a deadline for the “reconstruction and rehabilitation” of 22 communities destroyed by Boko Haram in the state as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has yesterday taken over the management of resettlement camps in Maiduguri metropolis. – The Guardian

Monrovia: Construction Begins On Somalia Drive Road, Residents Warned

The government of Liberia has warned residents of Somalia Drive, a major road linking populated Gardnersville to Monrovia, constructing building in the alleys and right-away to immediately relocate and give way for the Japanese contractors to start the road project that was put on hold due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. – Front Page Africa

Kumasi: Demolish Our Buildings and Make Our Day – Aboabo Residents Dare MCE

Residents of Aboabo in the Asokore Mampong Municipality in the Ashanti Region have dared their Municipal Chief Executive Officer, Nuru Hamidan, to carry out an intended demolition of their buildings and make their day. The Municipal Assembly has served notice of demolition of houses along the Palele River, which serves as a boundary between Aboabo -Apagyahene and Sawaba, following the claim by the Assembly that the area is flood prone and that any building without authentic documents would be pulled down. – The Chronicle

Windhoek Residents Need to Change Their Lifestyles

The Windhoek Municipality says if residents change their lifestyles and use water sparingly by saving at least 15 percent then planned water rationing could be avoided. The desperate attempt to save water has left many residents questioning why the municipality has to wait until September to impose water restrictions rather than starting now. – New Era

Mascara: Sellal Inspects Construction Site of New University Center of Mascara

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal inspected on Wednesday the site of construction of the new university center in Mascara. The future university center has a capacity of 8,000 training places and 4,000 beds. It also includes a restaurant and a central administrative office for administration. – Algerie Presse Service


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