Weekly urban news roundup: April 25, 2014

Benghazi votes peacefully.

Benghazi residents on April 19 voted to choose their municipal council in an atmosphere of hope and optimism about a better future. The chairman of election subcommittee, Abdel Wahab al-Feki, expressed his relief over the smooth flow of elections, which took place without any obstacles. –Magharebia.

Small traders fear evictions in Kigali

The city of Kigali has dismissed claims by some business people that they would be relocated from different parts of the city and compelled to operate from shopping malls. City traders, especially those working from a street commonly known as ‘Quartier Matheus’, were claiming plans were underway to evict them and give the land to big investors to set up commercial buildings. – AllAfrica.

Healing the scars of segregation in Johannesburg

While it may be true that many buildings will have to be refurbished in order to make downtown Johannesburg a safe space for all South Africans, it is also considered important to make sure affordable apartments are available for the poor. Only then would Johannesburg become a city for all South Africans thereby truly confining apartheid to the past. – Deutsche Welle.

Disaster plan set for Lilongwe

Lilongwe City has become the only city in Malawi to have a Disaster Response Contingency Plan (DRCP). This is in line with disaster preparedness for urban centres by the Malawi Red Cross which has been implementing a climate change project targeting urban centres. – Malawi News Agency.

Nairobi blasted again

At least four people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Pangani,  a poor neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday. A second controlled detonation was carried out by bomb disposal officers shortly after the initial blast. – The Guardian.

Building collapse in Lagos

No fewer than 10 persons escaped death after a two-storey building under construction at 11 Sand Beach lanes off Alonge Street, Oworonshoki, Kosofe Local Government, collapsed in the early hours of Thursday. – Vanguard.

Cairo issues 94,000 traffic tickets in 15 days

94,000 traffic tickets were issued in just 15 days for traffic violations including 1,387 tickets for driving in the wrong direction, 155 for motorcycles without license plates, 15 for Tuk-Tuks without license plates and 230 for double-parking.  – Egypt Independent.

Japan finances new fish market in Maputo

Construction of a new fish market in the Triunfo area of Maputo is set to begin in late April, and is funded by $12.6 million from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project, which was first mooted in 2008, will also include modern waste management and water drainage systems, and a 125-vehicle car park. – Wanted in Africa.

New airport terminal under construction in Dar es Salaam

President Jakaya Kikwete laid the foundation stone for the construction of the 518bn/- Terminal Three passenger lounge at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (NJIA) in Dar es Salaam, which is expected to significantly boost the number of passengers at the country’s major air gateway. – Daily News.

N$360 million mall for Windhoek

Phase three of the mall was completed earlier this year, with 2,230 parking bays and 148 shops at a total cost of N$360 million, making it one of the biggest shopping centres in Namibia. Government will furthermore continue to modernise its laws and regulatory frameworks to ensure that they are effective in facilitating private investments and the operations of business in the country. – The Namibian.

Abuja celebrates a Nigerian/Turkish Festival

The UFUK dialogue foundation of Turkey is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Tourism and Culture to organise a Nigerian/Turkish friendship and cultural festival in Abuja. – Daily Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

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