Weekly news roundup: August 8, 2014

African cities, crying out for reimagination

Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development, Marelise van der Merwe reports. – Daily Maverick.

African cities and Asian urbanism

More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities, says Justin Zhuang of Metropolis. – Cityscope.

Tripoli fuel tank fire spreads

Libya warned Monday of the risk of a humanitarian and environmental disaster after a second fuel tank caught fire amid heavy fighting at Tripoli airport between rival militias. – The Wall Street Journal.

Freetown in grip of Ebola virus

The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in West Africa has hit Sierra Leone’s capital hard, declaring a state of emergency in the country. – AlJazeera.

Accra’s unpopular healthcare

Despite Ghana being hailed as a model for countries trying to build their healthcare systems, long queues and lack of health services in Accra’s health insurance offices mean that the scheme is still shunned by many. – AlJazeera.

Beledeweyne sought after as place of refuge

Hundreds of residents have been fleeing Bulo Burde, Mogadishu, since the beginning of July due to al-Shabaab’s blockade on the town. The long walk to the city of Beledeweyne has proved treacherous for many families seeking refuge. – Sabahi.

Kisumu slum to see new sanitation plan

A Sh212.4 million water and sanitation project will be built in Manyatta, in Kisumu, a Kenyan port city. The project will provide household toilets for the community, and manage waste to produce energy, biogas and fertilizer for the residents, The Star reports. – AllAfrica.

Kassala demonstrators in prison

Angry Sudanese citizens had blocked the Khartoum-Kassala-Port Sudan road with burning tires on Sunday, protesting against the high prices of basic commodities, and the authorities’ refusal to issue trade permits. Approximately 38 people who attended the demonstration were sentenced to prison. – Radio Dabanga.

Rundu mass housing workers on strike

Over 40 workers employed at a mass housing project in Rundu, Namibia, downed tools on Wednesday due to the non-payment of their salaries. – The Namibian.

Harare housing co-ops told to toe the line

Zimbabwe’s national government are tightening the screws on the administration of co-operatives currently deemed to by corrupt. Most affected by the problem of corruption are housing co-operatives in Harare, says Minister Sithembiso Nyoni. – The Herald.

Johannesburg: the empire city strikes back

Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic capital, makes a comeback after white flight, overcrowding and neglect led to the decline of the inner city. – Good Governance Africa.

Cape Town informal settlement buried in rubble

Rubble dumping on the fringe of Siqalo informal settlement in Cape Town has forced hundreds of shackdwellers to evacuate their homes. Those on the fringe of the settlement have experienced large boulders hitting their shacks. – GroundUp.

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