Urban news roundup: May 08, 2015

African cities: Urban Slums a Death Trap for Poor Children

It’s called the urban survival gap – fuelled by the growing inequality between rich and poor in both developing and developed countries – and it literally determines whether millions of infants will live or die before their fifth birthday. Save the Children’s annual report on the State of the World’s Mothers 2015 ranks 179 countries and concludes that that “for babies born in the big city, it’s the survival of the richest.” – Inter Press Service

Burundi: protests continue despite Pierre Nkurunziza pledge

At least four people have been killed in fresh protests in Burundi, witnesses say, after President Pierre Nkurunziza vowed not to seek a fourth term. – BBC Africa

Cairo: Ethiopian Dam Deal Ignores Science, Warn Experts

Water scientists from Egypt have raised concerns over a declaration governing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that is meant to ensure fair access to Nile water for countries downstream. The Declaration of principles, which the leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in Khartoum, Sudan, on 23 March, is meant to regulate Nile water use following political upheaval over the dam, which is about a third into its construction. – AllAfrica

Cape Town: Township clean-up project shows the heartwarming side of diversity in SA

In the wake of a number of incidents of xenophobia that have gripped South Africa’s city communities, there are still neighbourhoods that choose to embrace the diversity in the country, and make living together side-by-side a pleasant experience. While some people are spreading the bad news of what’s going down in South Africa, others are taking brooms and spades and doing what they can to be the difference. ¬†– Traveller24

Pretoria: Voortrekker monument gets koeksister-shaped selfie bench

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria has a new feature that will get social media enthusiasts and sweet treat aficionados very excited. A concrete bench in the shape of a koeksister has been placed at the foot of the large main staircase. With the spectacular backdrop, it has been labled a ‘selfie bench,’ allowing people to snap pictures of themselves with the famous monument in the background. – Traveller24

Nairobi:  Water Shortage Expected in Nairobi Due to Repairs

A water shortage is expected in parts of Nairobi from Wednesday as a result of scheduled maintenance works at the Sasumua Water Treatment Plant. – AllAfrica

Durban: Environmental justice organisations sue eThekwini for access to refinery licences

Environmental justice organisations the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance have launched legal proceedings in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court to force eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality to release the atmospheric emission licences and compliance reports of two south Durban refineries. – Right to know

Kololi: In Gambia the NEA Launches Project to Reduce Greenhouse Gas and Ozone Depletion

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has started to implement a pilot project aimed at reducing the use of greenhouse gas and ozone depletion substance in The Gambia. The project, supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), is designed to achieve its aim through technology transfer in the industrial refrigerator and the air conditioning sectors. – The Point




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