Weekly news roundup: August 29, 2014

Kickoff for Nairobi‘s e-pay parking. The pilot project for the cashless payment of parking fees in Nairobi was launched on Haile Selassie Avenue on Monday. Jambopay Chief Executive Officer, Danson Muchemi says the five-day exercise will see motorists pay for their parking using their mobile phones or through agents located strategically on the street. – CAPITAL FM.

West Point, in Monrovia, hit by floods. Over 1000 residents have been left homeless following sea erosion in the slum community of West Point.  As a result of torrential rains on Sunday night, 24 August the sea overflowed and entered several homes while residents were asleep, washing away some 250 shacks. – The New Dawn.

Tripoli shows Libya’s critical situation. Black smoke from a massive fuel depot fire has been lingering over the heads of the residents of the capital Tripoli for more than four weeks. While the smoke has lessened since July, the fuel fires, water-supply cuts and regular gun-fire are signs that the country is going through one of the most difficult periods since the 2011 revolution. – IRIN.

Lagos hotels have highest rates in Africa. Despite the high number of hotels in Lagos, the metropolis remains the city with the highest charges on hotel accommodation in Africa.  Findings show that all the five-star hotels with branches in other African cities charge much higher room rates in Lagos than they do in other African cities. – The Guardian News.

Informal buildings already represent 65% of Mombasa. Mombasa could turn into an informal city if proper planning is not done, Housing executive Francis Thoya has said. According to the executive, 65 percent of Mombasa is currently covered by informal settlements posing a threat to standardised development of the city. – The Star.

Lilongwe Youth get assistance. Lilongwe District Youth Office has received funding from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) amounting to K33 million which would cover youth awareness projects outlined for the next three months. The funding would help the office in establishing youth clubs in different traditional authorities in Lilongwe which would mostly target adolescent’s youths who are HIV positive. – allAfrica.

Accra hit with cholera. At the last count, over 55 Ghanaians have succumbed to the ongoing outbreak of cholera in Accra, the national capital and the supposed gateway into the West African sub-region. And there appears to be no end to the toll. – The Chronicle.

Anger in Valhalla (Cape Town) after eight months without electricity. Residents of 8th Lane in Valhalla Park protested along Robert Sobukwe Drive after being without electricity for eight months despite Mayor Patricia De Lille making them firm pre-election promises. – GroundUp.

Abuja to build more toilets. The FCT Primary Health Care Development Board says plans are underway to build toilets in strategic locations in Abuja. Dr Matthew Ashikeni, Director, Disease Control Department of the board explained that the move was designed to ensure improved sanitation in the city with emphasis on reducing open defecation in FCT. – Vanguard.

Informal trade razes Harare. Things have changed in Harare with the liberalisation of vending by authorities. Over the past fortnight or so, Harare City Council has allowed vendors to operate in open spaces, some of them formerly used as commuter bus ranks, in a move that has changed the face of the city. – The Herald.

Bulawayo loses water activist Arnold Payne. Prominent Bulawayo water activist, Arnold Payne, has died. Bulawayo Mayor, Clr Martin Moyo said Payne’s passing was not only a big blow to his family but to the whole city. “Payne dedicated most of his time fighting for the Zambezi Water  Project. It is sad that he has died before the completion of the project.” – New Zimbabwe.

Streetlights installed in Eldoret slums, Kenya. Street lights have been installed in densely populated low class estates in Eldoret town to improve security. The project will allow traders on most streets to operate at any time – The Star.

Harar struggles to preserve tradition and adapt to modernity. Harar is one of Islam’s holiest cities. It is holding out against the pressures of the modern world. But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve the gated Ethiopian city’s unique history, cultural and religious traditions. – Africa Review.

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