Weekly news roundup: August 15, 2014

Lagos faces Ebola crisisNigeria has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital, Lagos, bringing the total number in the country to 10. The authorities in Lagos, which is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city, have however appealed for volunteers because of a shortage of medical personnel exacerbated by a month-long doctors’ strike. – The Guardian.

Benghazi fighters ignore ceasefire. Despite repeated calls for a ceasefire in Libya, terror group Ansar al-Sharia launched fresh attacks against security forces in Benghazi. Ansar al-Sharia and their allies from the Central Shield and February 17 brigade launched attacks on the Benina district to try to destroy the airport, under the control of Operation Dignity forces. – Magharebia.

Gunfire rocks Mogadishu. At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured as heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu after government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former militia leader as part of a disarmament campaign, residents and officials said. Explosions and gunfire were heard on Friday in the Somali capital as government troops backed by African Union forces battled militiamen. – Aljazeera.

Cape Town evictions lead to violent clashes. The City of Cape Town has invoked a series of court interdicts and orders to defend its role in the evictions of shackdwellers in Philippi East. The land occupation has grown since last week. City Law Enforcement resumed the demolition and removal of shacks on a plot off Symphony Way on August 13, resulting in violent clashes. – Ground Up.

New Dar es Salaam project angers city dwellers. Residents of the Dar es Salaam suburb of Kigamboni queried what they alleged as forceful ownership of shares in the envisaged New City project, saying the process remains unclear to them. It has proposed that people with land in the area should be deducted 10 per cent of their compensation payment for shares in the envisaged project. – Daily News.

African cities focus on climate change solutions. A global design challenge to launch in September will mark the first phase of a $100 million initiative that aims to make vulnerable parts of Asia and Africa more resilient to disasters. The effort focuses on cities, villages and informal settlements in three regions: South Asia; the Sahel, a belt that stretches across Africa from Gambia to Eritrea; and the Horn of Africa.  – Citiscope.

Harare installs bus lanes. Harare City Council has marked roads for use by commuter omnibuses only as they ply from the holding bay along Coventry Road to the Copacabana bus rank in line with trends in other cities around the world where buses use specially dedicated lanes. – The Herald.

Campaign for Ebola consciousness launched in Monrovia. Green Cities, a youth group has embarked on an Ebola awareness campaign in several communities in Monrovia and its environs. The awareness is being carried out in densely populated communities such as Slipway, borough of New Kru Town, Paynesville, West Point Township, Clara Town and Soul Clinic, respectively. – The New Dawn.

Miners demonstrate in the streets of Johannesburg. Hundreds of people from mining communities marched on the mining lekgotla in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, in protest over not being included in matters affecting the industry. Communities had been excluded from the adoption of the Mining Charter and the development and passing of legislation. – The Citizen.

Mawazine Festival lands in Rabat. The festival brings global acts from a variety of genres to Rabat, and this year hosted artists from more than 30 different countries in its nine-day run. Mawazine’s impact doesn’t end with the cultural; it reaps significant benefits for the city’s economy too. – The Guardian.

Citizens of Freetown hidding from the pandemic. Kroo Bay, Freetown’s largest slum, is one of the places more ill-equipped to deal with an outbreak of Ebola. Many of Kroo Bay’s inhabitants confess that they now spend much of their free time hiding in their densely-packed zinc and wood shanties. – News24.

Nairobi faces challenges to include the disabled. In a country whose infrastructure, buildings and transit policies fail to factor in needs of the disabled, they feel like second-class citizens. – Voice of America.

A view of Joburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Cairo in 2030. A new report from Ernst & Young (EY) has revealed that over two-thirds of the people in Nigeria, Ghana and Indonesia will live in cities by 2030. The rapid pace of urbanisation, combined with strong economic growth is expected to create ‘consumer cities’. By 2030, hubs of Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Cairo would be home to an additional 300 million people. – This Day.

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