Weekly urban news round up: April 11, 2014

Kigali National Genocide Memorial filled with grief

Screams and wails punctured the crowd at Rwanda’s Amahoro stadium in Kigali on Monday, as people were overcome with grief while listening to a survivor of the 1994 genocide tell his story. – RFI.

More than 2,000 Somalis arrested in Nairobi

Kenyan police have been carrying out raids in Nairobi’s mainly Somali neighbourhood of Eastleigh since three grenade blasts killed at least six people in the area last Monday. – BBC.

Durban starts works for the mega project  Cornubia.

The R25-billion mixed-use development of housing, commercial and industrial sites is set to change the skyline between Durban and King Shaka International Airport. – SouthAfrica.info.

Housing the middle class in Tangiers

HM King Mohammed VI launched on Thursday in the urban commune of Gueznaya (prefecture of Tangiers) construction works of Ibn Khaldoun integrated housing project, consisting of 766 low-cost lodging units. – Agence Marocaine de Press.

Cairo police shut down street art festival

Al-Fan Midan denounced on Monday the closure of a Saturday night concert hosted at the Bayram el-Tunsi Theater, and arresting some of the concert organizers and activists who attended. – The Cairo Post.

Mogadishu‘s new fibre optic cuts for culture resources

Some residents of Somalia’s capital have been experiencing a form of “culture shock” since fibre optic services launched over the last week, an internet provider has told the BBC. Earlier this year, 3G mobile phone services were cut off because of a threat from Islamist militants. – BBC.

Retail investors stand up for Kano

Major retail investors like South African grocer Shoprite and Wal-Mart unit Massmart Holdings are opening stores in Kano, the northern commercial hub of Nigeria, Africa’s number one oil producer, and since Sunday, its largest economy. – AllAfrica.

Creative training programme for Cape Town

As part of the World Design Capital 2014 legacy programme, some of Cape Town’s design schools have collaborated to create a programme that will leave a mark on the country’s future design landscape. Called Platform 6, the programme is part of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 project, and is designed to train and equip teachers to engage high school learners in the purpose and practice of design and to share technical knowledge and create a renewed passion for the potential design offers. – Biz Community.

YooMee, the Swiss mobile-Internet provider, opens branch in Abidjan

YooMee Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan, is launching its LTE services to individuals and businesses. These services are based on the latest global technology TD-LTE, which ensures a new, faster Internet experience with more stability and better reliability for Ivorian users. – Prlog.

E-commerce, the solution for shoppers in Lagos

There are two main reasons people shop online: it’s cheaper or they can’t be bothered with a trip to the store. And in Lagos, a city of 21 million people, a trip to the store can kill your entire day if you lose the traffic lottery. – Reuters.



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