Weekly news roundup: February 6, 2015

Lagos evacuates 260 beggars in 100 days

In spite of Lagos state Government’s effort to end street begging, more beggars still troop into the state daily. This compelled the government to intensify its raid, leading to the evacuation of 260 beggars from the streets in the last 100 days. – Vanguard

In Johannesburg, a new bridge must also address apartheid’s legacy

The city has an ambitious plan to redress historic inequities through mass transit and redevelopment. Only four miles separate the crowded township of Alexandra, where Tshepo Monama lives in a one-room house, from the skyscraper suburb of Sandton where he is employed as a barista in an upscale office block. But in some ways, they might as well be on different planets. – The Atlantic Citylab

Abuja: FG plans 3-hour Abuja – Lagos speed rail project

In a bid to boost speedy railway transport, the Federal Government, yesterday, announced that plans have reached advanced stages for a three-hour speed train project from Lagos to Abuja. This is coming at a time train transportation services from Abuja to Kaduna will commence next month to make movement in the two cities not only faster but also cheaper and less stressful. – Vanguard

Port Sudan: Red Sea State, eastern Sudan, imposes ‘tourism support fees’

Sudan’s Red Sea state has passed a new law defining the fees to be paid for state government services. The fees range from SDG1 ($0.17) to SDG150 ($25). The proceeds will be used to encourage tourism in the state. – Radio Dabanga

Windhoek: Squatters to get lease agreements

Informal settlers will soon receive lease agreements from the Windhoek municipality, a council meeting concluded on Monday. The municipality said it embarked on a data capturing project as part of its strategy to improve systems and operations. – allAfrica

Tororo: PPDA orders Tororo Municipal Council to cancel Taxi Park tender

The procurement process for service providers for the management and collection of revenue from taxi and bus parks in Tororo Municipality has hit a snag after the intervention of the public procurement regulator. – New Vision

Kampala: KCCA tests passenger train

At about 9:15am yesterday, a crowd had formed inside the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) compound in Kampala to witness a train test run that would mark one more step in efforts to establish passenger train services in the city. – Daily Monitor

Nairobi: City Hall takes over buildings as it seeks to collect Sh28bn in land rates arrears

The Nairobi County government is targeting to collect Sh28 billion in land rates arrears owed to it by property owners. Apart from taking over buildings within the central business district, City Hall has also spread its tentacles to properties located in the outskirts of the city, officials have said. – Daily Nation

Zanzibar: State not to reduce commuter bus fares

The Zanzibar government has said that there are no plans to reduce fares for commuter buses despite a sharp drop in fuel prices. “Yes it is good that (the) petrol price globally and in the country has fallen, but we have no plans to reduce the fare in commuter buses (Daladala),” Mr Haji Ali Zubeir, Planning Officer in the Transport and License Department said. – Daily News

Lilongwe: Vendors clash with police in Malawi capital city; fire tear gas

Malawi Police fought running battles with vendors on the streets of the capital Lilongwe, dispersing them from Lilongwe Town Hall as they occupied the land, including the pavements, claiming they have been given an okay by the City Council to turn the area into a market place. – Nyasa Times

Lagos gets law to simplify land related issues

At last, Lagos has signed into law a bill to simplify procedures in land transactions. While signing the bill last week, Governor Babatunde Fashola, noted that the initial Executive Order to reduce the cost of land transaction which produced the electronic Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, is part of the bulwark of the titles that comes with the new bill. – Vanguard

Cape Town: “We can’t smile for passengers when there is pain in our hearts” – MyCiTi bus driver

MyCiTi bus drivers say they will not go back to work until the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) is recognised by Transpeninsula Investments (TPI). The strike that started yesterday continued today, with a picket outside TPI’s depot. – GroundUp

Read older posts from this section

Leave a Reply