Weekly news roundup: September 19, 2014

Freetown ebola impacts economy

The ebola virus raging within Sierra Leone is impacting the day to day livelihoods of people living in the capital. Food price hikes and reduced mobility are making trade difficult. – IRIN News.

Takoradi Market Circle overrun by waste

The Takoradi Market Circle, the central business center of Ghana’s oil city, has become a dumping ground for garbage. The indiscriminate disposal of waste and filth is a daily frustration for traders.- The Chronicle.

Nigerian cities under fuel scarcity pressure

The nationwide industrial action embarked upon by oil industry workers since Monday has resulted in a fuel scarcity that has already taken a serious toll on businesses in major cities, particularly Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. – Premium Times.

Lagos synagogue collapses leaving 80 dead

Six days of rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, have ended with 80 people confirmed dead. A five-storey building inside the church’s premises at Ikotun collapsed last Friday – Premium Times.

Kano college shooting blamed on Boko Haram

At least 13 people were killed and 34 injured on Wednesday as a gun battle broke out between police and suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers in Nigeria’s second city of Kano, according to police. – Vanguard.

Goma hosts international film festival

The Salaam Kivu International Film Festival that took place in Goma gave the people of war-weary eastern DR Congo a chance to celebrate in dance and music. – AlJazeera.

Nairobi’s Westgate attack: what lessons can be learned?

A year has passed since Al-Shabaab militants laid siege to the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. Twelve months on, many more attacks have transpired, questioning the state of security in the country. – African Arguments.

Lilongwe residents haunted by insecurity

People in Malawi’s capital have expressed concern for the increased sustained security lapses in most areas in the past week, as reports of vandalism and theft were rampant. – Malawi24.

Windhoek: a casualty of mass housing projects

Since Namibia’s independence, the growing number of informal settlements in the capital are only a reflection of how much more still needs to be done. – The Namibian.

Maseru rocked by another spasm of violence

Police and military officials exchanged gunfire in Lesotho’s capital Maseru in the early hours of Friday this week. Southern African states have pressed Lesotho’s leaders to solve the political crisis of the country. – IOL News.

Johannesburg residents battle Red Ant evictions

Residents of Castle Blaney, near Hillbrow in the Johannesburg central business district were evicted by the Red Ant Security and Eviction Services on Monday. – Mail and Guardian.

An ‘open’ mosque for Cape Town

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has called on fellow Muslims not to protest against the establishment of an ‘open mosque’ in Cape Town, that welcomes gay people and non-Muslims, and will also allow women to lead prayers. – Eyewitness News.

 

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