Urban News Roundup: March 27, 2015

Cairo: The New Capital Good, bad, and Cairo
Over the past few days, the Egyptian government has unveiled to the world and surprisingly enough, its own Egyptian nationals, that there shall be a change of its capital state. It will be moving from Cairo to a patch of uninhabited land 50km to the East of the Fifth Settlement. According to the government and their respective ministries, the projected budget for such a city is estimated at approximately $66bn, and will be completed in between five to seven years.– Daily News Egypt

Nairobi: Nairobi begins to dig out roundabouts to ease traffic
Nairobi County Government has started removing roundabouts along Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way in a bid to ease traffic congestion. “We are looking at all the arterial roads that feed the CBD. What we have started with is the A104 which constitutes Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way stretch and Mombasa Road because it serves both local and international traffic,” said County Executive Member for Roads and Transport Mohammed Abdullahi. — Standard Digital 

Tripoli: LU Tripoli back to class after protests
Thursday was the first day of courses at the Lebanese University branch in Tripoli after weeks of interrupted classes as a result of strikes and protests over the appointment of a Christian director. Graduate students at the Faculty of Economics and Business attended their classes normally, while undergraduates gathered in a restaurant called “I Like” in Tripoli, waiting for the rescheduling of their final exams. — The Daily Star

Addis Ababa: Hustle Bustle in Addis as Africa Finance Confab Opens
The sprawling headquarters for the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is bustling with activities as participants arrive for weeklong discussions of Africa’s development priorities.The complex in Addis Ababa is hosting a series of meetings headed by the conference of ministers of finance, planning and development from some 50 African countries. — All Africa

Abuja: Long queue at Abuja petrol stations
Hundreds of motorists on Friday were left stranded at petrol stations in Abuja as they spent hours in long queues waiting to buy fuel. The queues were largely pronounced in the city centre as most of the filling stations in satellite towns refused to sell the product without giving customers any reason why they decided not to sell. — The Breaking Times

Blantyre: City council to resume relocation of encroachers
Blantyre City Council has confirmed that it will start relocation process of people located in prohibited areas in Soche by end of the rainy season. This comes following a court order which restrained people living in prohibited and marginal areas and instructed them to relocate to given recommended areas in Blantryre.– The Maravi Post

Livingstone: Siamunene warns scrap metal dealers
Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Richwell Mr Siamunene, has urged scrap metal dealers to desist from buying railway clippers indiscriminately because their action is tantamount to economic sabotage. Speaking during the tour of Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) Livingstone station yesterday, Mr Siamunene said that there is need to discourage the buying of scrap metal in order to curb vandalism of railway infrastructure. — Zambia Daily Mail

Durban: Durban says “no” to Eskom price hike
The eThekwini Municipality has urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to reject Eskom’s proposed “hefty” electricity tariff increase. Mayor James Nxumalo expressed concern and cited consequences for the municipality and ratepayers if such a massive increase were okayed. He said the city had noted Eskom’s submission for a further review of electricity tariff increases, which was in addition to the 14.25% increase already granted by energy regulator Nersa. — The Mercury

Kampala: Typhoid sickens hundreds in Kampala
A senior Ugandan health official says a typhoid outbreak has infected hundreds of people in the capital, Kampala, and looks likely to spread as the rainy season gets under way. Anthony Mbonye, director of health services at Uganda’s Ministry of Health, said 4,000 suspected cases of typhoid have been reported, 400 of which have been confirmed. — News 24

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