Urban News Roundup (November 6, 2015)

Rabat – Morocco might soon make its name as a solar superpower

Ouarzazate project, the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant, will supply electricity to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018. The project will use a highly advanced technology called Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which “allows to store energy for nights and cloudy days.” – Morocco World News

Addis Ababa – WB extends assistance to modernize Anbessa City Bus

Anbessa City Bus Service Enterprise, in its endeavor to make their services more modern, is applying technological advanced transportation systems to repair and expand its current garages and depots, as well as to build a new one in the Akaki Kality sub city. – The Reporter

Monrovia – Broh gets US$400,000 to clean Monrovia

The political leader of the opposition Liberia National Union or LINU claims the presidential taskforce constituted recently by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted a budget for US$400,000 to give the capital a facelift despite full budgetary allotment for the Monrovia City Corporation. – The New Dawn

Kigali – Housing dilemma: Lessons from Ethiopia

Imagine buying and owning a modern apartment in a decent city neighborhood at US$100! Not exactly US$100 but technicall, Rwf73,000 for a two-bedroom condo. This is what Ethiopia’s urban low income earners are paying, monthly, to own an apartment in Addis Ababa. – The New Times

Nairobi – IMF revise Kenya’s 2016 growth estimate

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered Kenya’s 2016 economic growth projection. IMF Kenya representative Armando Morales said Thursday that the multi-lateral lender has trimmed the country’s projection down to 6.8 percent, from the initial 7.2 percent, owing to the prevailing harsh economic conditions. – Daily Nation

Harare – Electricity shortages to get worse

Zimbabwe’s perennial energy crisis is set to worsen by year end after it emerged the country’s sole hydroelectric power plant, Kariba Hydropower Station, will further reduce its generating capacity by more than half to below 300 megawatts (MW). – Zimbabwe Independent

Luanda – Angola: 31.18 percent of territory exposed to climate risks

Speaking at a workshop on Climate Changes – Towards COP21, jointly sponsored by the Ministry and Environment and the European Union delegation, the minister said that 50,000 people a year suffer the effect of climate changes and are vulnerable to unpredictable climate phenomena. – ANGOP

Windhoek – New electricity stopgap

The power utility this week advertised a tender to purchase 120MW of short-term electricity supply. The new short-term solution is for a period of three to five years despite NamPower’s 250MW project being put on ice indefinitely by government. – The Namibian

Cape Town – Western Cape weighs use of desalination plants

The provincial government and its municipalities are weighing their options on how to secure water. Water reclamation and seawater desalination are among the options being considered. – Business Day

Addis Ababa – Riding the rails

Ethiopia’s international ratings seem to have soared when the country launched its light rail system in the capital Addis Ababa. It became the first country in sub-Sahara Africa to do so. And the country is now being used as a shining example in infrastructure development for many African countries including Ghana. – GBN

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