Weekly news roundup: November 28, 2014.

African cities could benefit from “regenerative development”

Amy Fallon reports for UrbanAfrica that Pedro Ortiz, a senior urban planner at the World Bank in Washington, DC, that “regenerative development” could be the answer to managing the explosive growth transforming the continent’s cities. – Citiscope.


Algiers opera house to be completed in July next year

The Opera of Algiers, a project whose construction works started in November 2012 in the south-west suburbs of Algiers, will be delivered in July 2015, said Culture Minister Nadia Labidi on Tuesday. The project is being funded by the People’s Republic of China. – Algeria Press Service.


Cairo protests less violent than expected

Despite the anticipation of wide-scale violence today between protestors and police during Islamist protests in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, organised by the Salafi Front, the day passed calmer than expected and ended with three reported fatalities.- Aswat Masriya.


Monrovia Medical Unit discharges first fully recovered Ebola survivors

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has announced that two patients, both Liberian healthcare workers, were released Monday from the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU). Both patients have recovered from Ebola and are virus-free. – Monrovia US Embassy.


Kano Central Mosque attacked by multiple bomb blasts

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds more injured in multiple bomb attacks at the Central Mosque in Kano today, one of the largest worship centres in the city. The exact number of deaths is still unclear. – Premium Times.


Mubi bomb blast proves fatal

A bomb blast Me hit a bus station in a village just outside of Nigeria’s northeastern city of Mubi on Thursday, killing at least 40 people, according to witnesses and security personnel. Mubi has been a site of fierce clashes for weeks as terrorist group Boko Haram attempt to repeatedly claim it. – AlJazeera.


Mandera terror attack incites mass exodus of civil servants

Non-Muslim civil servants camped at the Mandera airstrip as they demanded to be evacuated in the wake of the terror attack that occurred last week Saturday. The deliberate killings by Al-Shabaab insurgents spurred a mass exodus on Thursday as people unable to be evacuated by air decided to take the road. – Daily Nation.


Kampala designers take to the catwalk

The rate at which tickets for Kampala’s first ever Fashion Week sold out earlier this month is indicative of the fierce creativity emerging from East Africa as designers claim a stake in the global fashion industry. – Gulf News.


Tanzania’s cities lack master plans, say city commissioner

None of the five major cities in the country have a comprehensive master plan, posing a challenge for sustainable urban planning, according to Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Saidi Meck Sadick. – Daily News (Tanzania).


Beira rally: Mozambican opposition party takes to the stage

Addressing a rally in the central city of Beira on Wednesday, Afonso Dhlakama said he would not allow Frelimo to form a government on its own, on the basis of the results of the 15 October general elections. The leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party, threatened to “make a revolution,” Mozambique News Agency reports. – AllAfrica.


Harare, Bulawayo schools to close for Zanu PF congress

Primary and secondary schools in Harare and Bulawayo will close today, a week earlier than scheduled, to accommodate thousands of delegates attending the Zanu PF congress in the capital and the Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo respectively. – News Day (Zimbabwe).


Windhoek polling stations open late

Voting started slowly in various cities and urban informal settlements this morning as citizens elected a new president and National Assembly. Many polling stations opened late without explanation. – The Namibian.


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