Urban News Roundup (October 2, 2015)

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia to break ground for new mega airport project

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise is going to break ground for the mega international airport construction it is planning to undertake in the vicinity of Addis Ababa. The new mega airport will have the capacity to handle 120 million passengers a year – The Reporter

Cairo – We have 700,000 tuk-tuks

Assistant Finance Minister Amr Badawy told Al-Masry Al-Youm in an interview that there are 700,000 tuk-tuks in Egypt to which the fuel distribution smart card system would be applied once it begins – Egypt Independent

Rabat – Moroccan Regional Center of Investment approves 94 projects worth MAD 4 Billion

The Regional Center of Investment in Marrakech approved 94 projects worth MAD 4 billion during the first six months of this year. According to an announcement by the Regional Center of Investment, the 94 projects will create 5,549 direct jobs – Morocco World News

Nyala – Kalma displaced reject South Darfur housing plans

The residents of Kalma camp, near Nyala, capital of South Darfur, denounced the state Governor’s announcement of housing projects for the displaced on Tuesday. Their places of origin have been taken over by new settlers – Dabanga Sudan

Lagos – Varsity don advocates enactment of Housing Act

Prof. Timothy Nubi, has called for the enactment of a Housing Act in Nigeria that will guarantee access to decent housing for all Nigerians, similar to the Universal Basic Education that ensures every Nigerian child has access to primary and secondary education – Vanguard Nigeria

Monrovia – Transport ministry to reduce traffic congestion

In an effort to reduce the heavy traffic congestion in Monrovia and its environs, as well as enhance transportation between Monrovia and rural Liberia, the Ministry of Transport is working on several proposals – The New Dawn

Kampala – Experts to meet in Kampala over housing improvement

Experts in the housing sector will on Friday October 2 converge in Kampala to deliberate on how to improve the housing situation in the country – New Vision

Dar es Salaam – Dar residents hail government over BRT

Many Dar es Salaam residents have commended the government and private sector for making Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project a reality. A number of people interviewed in the country’s commercial city said the recent arrival of a fleet of 138 BRT buses reflects seriousness on people involved in implementing the project – Daily News

Chipata – City plans on track

Eastern province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo says government is on track with plans to transform Chipata district into a city. Mr Kasolo assured chiefs in the province that Chipata would assume city status by next year – Zambia Daily Mail

Cape Town – No tolls means no upgrades or new roads, says Sanral

The South African National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) plan to toll roads in the Cape Winelands was dealt a heavy blow on Wednesday when a court halted it. Sanral downplayed the ruling that ordered it to restart the tolls process and review plans for the N1 and N2 highways – Business Day Live


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