Urban News Roundup (November 20, 2015)

Rabat – Moroccan cities comparatively safe from rising sea levels

Moroccan cities are relatively safe from threats posed by global warming, as compared to other major cities around the world, according to a report issued this month. Both in terms of total population and percentage of the population that would be affected by rising sea levels. – Morocco World News

Addis Ababa – Land-fill power project to commence next year

A leading waste management firm and producer of green and clean energy from waste has been engaged in transforming a land-fill in Addis Ababa to a power plant that would generate 50MW of electricity.  It will start to generate power within the coming seven months. – The Reporter Ethiopia

Abuja – Housing as a tool for economic development

Housing construction indices are some of the most common measures used by analysts to gauge economic trends in OECD countries. However, the housing and construction sector in Nigeria accounts for only about 3 percent of the country’s rebased GDP. – Vanguard Nigeria

Monrovia – Squatters in hot water

Liberians and foreign residents who are illegally occupying or squatting on public lands, especially those obstructing major road construction in Monrovia and its environs, have gotten on the nerves of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has threatened to demolish illegal structures without compensation. – Liberian Observer

Kigali – Scientists call for geographic info system applied to address land issues

Researchers have pledged to address land use issues through the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to inform policy makers on the right activity for every place. – The New Times

Nairobi – No on-street parking for matatus, Nairobi MCAs decide

Matatu operators within the central business district will no longer be allowed to park on-street. In a motion that sought to restore sanity in the expanding matatu sector in Nairobi, members of the county assembly argued that all public service vehicles revert to their designated bus termini in order to reduce overcrowding within the city. – Standard Digital

Lusaka – Waste-to-energy plant needs investment

The Lusaka City Council is seeking for investors to partner with to set up a waste- to-energy plant at Chunga land-fill. The local authority has since advertised for interested investors and bids have since been received. – Zambia Daily Mail

Windhoek – Transport master plan launched

The City of Windhoek yesterday launched its sustainable urban transport master plan, which had been on the cards since 2012. The master plan was designed to cover public transport in Windhoek, Rehoboth, Hosea Kutako Airport and Okahandja. – The Namibian

Johannesburg – Theft drains urban water supplies

Ten percent of municipalities’ water – half a billion cubic metres totalling R3-billion – is stolen. A third of all water that municipalities buy from the department of water and sanitation goes unaccounted for. The average for similarly water-scarce countries is 10%. – Mail & Guardian

Africa – 326 billion reasons Africa is on the move

A report by Deloitte projected that in 2014 the value of major construction projects on the continent totaled over $326 billion — an increase of 46 percent on the previous year.  The report outlines “megaprojects” with an average value of $1.27 billion. – Egypt Independent

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