Weekly news roundup: August 1, 2014

Citizens of Khartoum face floods and devastation. Torrential rains and ensuing floods paralysed daily life in large parts of Sudan’s capital of Khartoum on Wednesday. The heavy rainfall on Wednesday that continued from 1 a.m. until 2 p.m. led to the destruction of hundreds of homes. – Radio Dabanga.

Challenges of urbanisation for African cities. Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it’s a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. – Daily Maverick.

A stampede in Conakry takes at least 24 lives. A stampede during a rap concert on a Conakry beach on Tuesday left at least 24 people dead, Guinean hospital officials said. Medics took at least 24 bodies including 13 girls to a hospital morgue at Donka, a hospital official told AFP. – News 24.

LGBT activists fight for rights in Kampala. James Wan talks to the campaigners seeking to overturn Kampala’s tough new law that bans the ‘promotion’ of gay rights, and could see homosexuals jailed for life. “We are an illegal organisation. We are underground. We are essentially operating guerrilla warfare and could be raided by the police at any minute”. – The Guardian.

New rubbish dump for Accra. As part of efforts to manage waste disposal in the country, a waste disposal facility dubbed, “Nsumia Waste Disposal facility,” has finally begun its operations in Accra. The facility is to serve as an alternative sold waste landfill site for the Accra metropolis and its surrounding areas. – The Ghanaian Chronicle.

Rabat kicks-off a housing survey. Housing Minister Mohamed Nabil Benabdellah on Wednesday (July 23rd) launched a survey of urban and rural households. The minister stressed the need for housing for the poor. This study, which will run for a year, comes against the backdrop of significant changes in Morocco, such as strong urbanisation, a growing population and migratory flows. – Magharebia.

Fire strikes Tripoli. A huge blaze engulfing Libya’s biggest fuel storage facility in the capital, Tripoli, has spread to a second tank. Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) has described the fire as “out of control”. It comes hours after the authorities appealed for international assistance to try to contain the blaze. – BBC.

Addis growth should come with earplugs. Ethiopia, and especially Addis, is experiencing substantial growth these years, which is reflected by all the construction work being carried out in the city. But the growth is also to blame for some of the noise in the capital as the construction work is making a lot of disturbing sounds in the daytime together with other sinners. – The Reporter.

Luanda fosters sustainable development. The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the UNDP and Agostinho Neto University (UAN), will hold on 22 August 2014 a conference under the motto “Sustainable Development – Angola post 2015”, in view to exchanging experience between Angolan and foreign technicians on the matter. – Angop.

Kano clobbered by terrorist attack. At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, witnesses say. The female bomber is reported to have blown herself up as students queued to check their names on an admission list. – BBC.

Cropping celebrations take hold on the streets of Kigali. Hundreds of Rwandans jammed Kigali streets to participate in a carnival march that marked the start of this year’s national harvest day celebration, locally known as Umuganura. The march, that was led by the police band, was punctuated by drumming and dancing. – The New Times.

Waste increases in the megacity of Lagos. As Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, battles to rid Lagos of garbage and other unwanted materials in spite of daunting challenges,  refuse generation in the megacity has risen from 10,000 to 12,000 metric tonnes per  day. LAWMA evacuates at least 12,000 tonnes of refuse daily against 10,000 earlier being generated. – Vanguard.

Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Giza and Souhag to have ID cards for women. A national identification card is essential to life in Egypt. Yet millions of women in poor urban neighborhoods and villages lack this staple, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A UN initiative launched in 2011 seeks to make the national ID cards available to more women in different cities of Egypt. – Citiscope.

Windhoek turns out to be more expensive than Cape Town. Windhoek is 34,73% more expensive than Cape Town, according to a Cost of Living Index 2014 released by Numbeo, a database on living conditions around the world. According to a survey by Numbeo, consumer prices in Windhoek are 34,73% higher than in Cape Town. Consumer prices including rent in Windhoek are 30,19% higher. – allAfrica.


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