Weekly news roundup: October 10, 2014

Desalination plans for Dakar water supply. A joint venture led by France’s Eranove subsidiary, Senegalaise des Eaux (SDE), has announced plans for the construction of a 100,000 cubic metre/day desalination plant in Senegal to boost water supply in urban areas especially the capital Dakar. – The International Water Association.

At least 12 killed in Bangui. Clashes in the capital of Central African Republic have caused many casualties, the International Committee for the Red Cross said on Thursday, marking the most significant violence in Bangui since a United Nations force took over peacekeeping last month. – The Guardian.

Road safety challenges in Juba. The frequent road carnage in the South Sudanese capital city of Juba is a point of grave concern. Daily, irrespective of which road one uses, there is usually a fatal motor accident involving either commercial motorbike riders commonly referred to as boda-boda or impatient drivers trying to overtake the cars in front of them. – Sudan Tribune.

Over 50 cases of murder, suicide reported in Luanda over jealousy. More than 50 cases of suicide and homicide for alleged passionate reasons (jealousy) were recorded from early this year in Luanda. The statistics were released Wednesday by the Provincial Command of National Police  in Luanda. – Angop.

Building of Rabat Grand Theater begins. Located at the Bouregreg Valley, near Hassan Tower and Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Rabat Grand Theater will be a symbol of Morocco’s cultural and artistic renewal. It will improve the access of local populations to cultural and  artistic facilities thus developing their intellectual potential and creative capacities. – Morocco World News.

Noise pollution invades Windhoek. Concerned parents daily approach the Windhoek Municipality to complain of noise pollution emanating from drinking spots in Windhoek. The popular Eveline Street in Katutura is notorious for such complaints. However, there are many other streets that contribute to noise pollution through loud music coming from shebeens and bars in Windhoek. – New Era.

Abuja‘s public transport users express their discontent. After this year’s Eid-el Kabir break, some commuters in Abuja, the nation’s capital, have stressed the need for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to intensify its efforts towards improving the public transportation system in the territory. – Peoples Daily.

Accra demolitions leave tradespeople without compensation. The authorities of AMA explained that the demolition exercise was to help pave the way for the ongoing construction works at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. But speaking to Today, the visibly worried traders lamented the failure of the city authorities to give them compensations they promised them earlier before the demolition. – Today.

Dakar, Accra, Ibadan and Nairobi have some of the world’s biggest and most dangerous dump sites. Dumps pose a serious threat to human health and water supplies, and all are located within or close to fast-growing cities in poor or low-income countries. Fifty giant tips have been identified in a new atlas of the world’s biggest dumps, and according to it the 50 sites are all pollution and health time bombs. – The Guardian.

Over 60% of urban Malawians live in slum conditions. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Bright Msaka has disclosed that about seven in every 10 Malawians who reside in urban areas live under slums conditions. – The Nation.

Gaborone tops in uncollected national identity cards. The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs’ review of the status of national registration has revealed that Gaborone offices have the highest concentration of uncollected national identity cards at 5,935. – Daily News.

Kigali will host the Petroleum Conference in 2015. Next year’s Petroleum Conference and Exhibition to be hosted by the East African Community is scheduled to be held in Kigali, with Rwandan President Paul Kagame expected to officially open the event. – Daily News.

Slum populations increasing in Tanzanian cities. At the occasion to mark the World Habitat Day in Dar es Salaam, Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Minister, Prof Anna Tibaijuka, has said that unplanned settlements remain rampant across the country, partly due to poor supervision and failure to comply with legislation and policies governing city and towns’ development. – Daily News.

Ghana crosses urban divide. Ghana has crossed the urban divide with about 51% of the population living in urban areas. This puts huge pressure on the already distressed housing situation in the city. As a result, there is the proliferation of slums with more than 38% of the population of Accra living in slums. – Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.


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