Urban News Roundup (September 4, 2015)

Durban – City to host 2022 Commonwealth games

Durban was selected as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the federation’s general assembly in New Zealand on Wednesday. Organisers said the Games would be held from July 18-30, opening on the birth date of late president Nelson Mandela. The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies. – BDLive

Tunis – Is the Tunisian government about to crackdown on civil society?

Tunisian Civil Society Minister Kamel Jendoubi last month called for the closure of 157 associations and announced a probe into the legal(ity) of 83 others, sparking fears of a government crackdown on Tunisian civil society groups. The Minister gave a vague justification, claiming that the groups involved in the closure were linked to ‘terrorism’ but failed to provide further details about the crackdown. This news is reminiscent of the governmental suspension of 150 organizations following an attack on Mount Chaambi last year. – TunisiaLive

Monrovia – Housing units for W/Point, NKT, other communities

The Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate is requesting authorities at the National Housing Authority (NHA) to partner with his office to carry out a study on how low cost housing units can be provided for the communities of West Point, New Kru Town (NKT), Clara Town, Logan Town and Jamaica Road. – Daily Observer

Cape Town – Langa residents and police clash over houses

People who live in shacks and backyards burnt tyres and rubbish Tuesday in Langa. They alleged that other people have jumped the waiting list for units in a new block of flats, leaving them without homes. The block of flats in question is part of the City of Cape Town’s efforts to eradicate apartheid-era hostels. According to the City, the 463 units that are being built on the Old Depot Site in Langa are part of the first phase of a project which will construct 1,300 units in the next five years. – GroundUp

Cairo – Egypt seeks best offer for nuclear plant

Egypt and Russia are still negotiating several financial and technical issues on an offer presented in June by a Russian firm on establishing a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the Egyptian presidential spokesman said. Alaa Youssef said the inking of an agreement on establishing a nuclear power plant during the current visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was not on the agenda. – Egypt Independent

Tangier – Morocco’s third Technopark to open by September

After the launch of the Technoparks in Casablanca and Rabat in 2001 and 2012 respectively, all arrangements are in place for Morocco’s third startup incubator in Tangier to open in September 2015. The Technopark of Tangier will open its doors next September and will host over 100 startups, announced Marouane Chelli, director of the Tangier Technopark in a statement. – Morocco World News

Zanzibar – Villagers bear brunt of climate change effects

RISING sea levels, and floods linked to global warming have already forced people out of their homes in Zanzibar, while environmentalists warn that migration driven by climate change may rise in the near future. While in some parts of the world, economic hardships and unrests are forcing people out of their homes to find safe place to live in Zanzibar, people are abandoning their houses to safer place due to climate change. – Daily News

Monrovia – Road construction works start in October

The Ministry of Public Works has announced here that all road construction projects across the country will resume effective October.  Public Works Minister, W. Gyude Moore, making the pronouncement Tuesday, said government has allotted US$23 million for ongoing road constructions and additional $4 million for maintenance. Addressing reporters at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, Minister Moore noted that Liberia lacks adequate road network. According to the minister, of a total of 10,000 kilometers of roads in Liberia, less than 1,000 kilometers are paved. – The New Dawn

Johannesburg  – SA gold faces uncertain future

At Sibanye Gold’s Kloof mine in the heart of the world’s largest known gold reserve, more than 10,000 workers toil daily at depths of about 3km — a striking image of the scale and ambition of an industry that until recently enjoyed booming profits and plentiful production. But the golden era for SA’s producers now appears to be over. – BDLive

Windhoek – China builds N$12 million school

In an attempt to reduce school dropouts in remote areas, the People’s Republic of China – through the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) – has completed the construction of Talismanus Primary School in Otjombinde Constituency in the Omaheke Region. The state-of-the-art elementary school, which was built with a N$12 million investment, will cater for Grades 5 to 7, and has the capacity to accommodate 400 learners. The new school will  be officially handed over to the ministry of education by the Chinese government on Thursday. – New Era

Rabat – Morocco interested in using nuclear energy: IAEA

IAEA Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Anne Starz stated nuclear energy is an “obvious attraction for African countries that are keen to develop reliable sources of power to enhance their growth prospects. “ Starz also noted that IAEA has decided to help African nations with the development of nuclear energy for electricity generation. Morocco has signed four nuclear cooperation agreements over the past eight years. – Morocco World News

Cairo – 1% of electricity used last Saturday generated by solar, wind energy

The Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency announced in a statement on Monday that 1 percent of the electricity used by Egypt last Saturday was generated by wind and solar energy. – Egypt Independent

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