Weekly urban news roundup: May 9, 2014

World Economic Forum lands in Abuja

No fewer than 13 heads of state and about 1,000 delegates participate in the World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa in Abuja. Ms Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, said that Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa has a great role to play in the region to ensure positive economic growth. According to her, Africa by 2040 would have a larger work force than China, noting that the major focus of the forum would be on how best to ensure that Africa with its positive growth rate could be inclusive. – Vanguard.

Project to improve Mombasa Slums

Lands Secretary Charity Ngilu yesterday launched a Sh911 million slum upgrade project in Mombasa county. The project involves constructing road networks, installing floodlights, improving sewerage and sanitation programmes and modern housing facilities in five slums. – The Star.

Cape Town women become urban farmers

In a revival of urban agriculture in townships of Cape Town, micro farmers are using tiny parcels of land to grow food for their families and to generate an income. Four women, all over the age of 60, run a communal food garden in Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town. AllAfrica.

Trauma in Tripoli

Nearly three years after an armed popular revolution in Libya toppled former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the number of admissions at the psychiatric hospital in Tripoli is rising. Children suffer from a lack of self-confidence, shyness or hyperactivity and trichotillomania (the compulsion to pull out one’s own hair). –IRIN.

Douala joins Rwanda throught a new flight route

Rwandair has started flights to Douala, Cameroon its 16th destination. This is part of the firm’s four year business revamp and network and fleet expansion program. Flights to Douala will be made five times a week from Kigali via a three-year old route to Libreville in Gabon. – AllAfrica.

Bulawayo wants to purify its waters

Bulawayo City Council has written to Government seeking borrowing powers to raise $13.3 million from financial institutions to purify rivers that are spilling raw sewage and hazardous effluent into the Umguza catchment area. – The Herald.

Lilongwe will have a huge children hospital

President Dr. Joyce Banda has assured people in Lilongwe of the construction of a huge hospital to cater for children at Kamuzu Central Hospital premises. The hospital will be the first to be constructed in Southern Africa which is going to cater special treatment to children. – Malawi News Agency.

Rabat focuses on rap and politics

A recent Rabat seminar focused on the growing interplay between politics and rap music. Music agent Noufissa Bennani explained to Magharebia that art was born in the street, stems from society, reflects the concerns of people and proposes solutions. – Magharebia.

Kumasi washes its face

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, in collaboration with the Manhyia Palace, scheduled a massive city-wide clean-up exercise in the Metropolis on Saturday May 3, 2014. The Assembly called on the general public and major stakeholders to actively participate in this exercise to ensure its success. – AllAfrica.

Bangui hosts the ICC

International Criminal Court investigators arrived in Bangui on Thursday to begin probing the relentless violence that has plagued the Central African Republic for 18 months. “Serious crimes have been committed since 2012 in Central Africa,” ICC head of international cooperation Amadi Bah said at a news conference in the capital. – News24.

Dar Es Salaam‘s port improves performance

The Chairman of Dock Workers Union of Tanzania (DOWUTA), Edmund Njowoka told a news conference in Dar es Salaam that motivated workers had boosted performance at the port with cargo handled increased to 13.1 million tonnes as of March, this year, surpassing the target of 13 million tonnes forecasted by June this year. – In 2 East Africa.

Lagos‘ Challenges and merits

Lagos more than any other city in Africa, illustrates the challenges and opportunities in making urban areas more sustainable and humane. As the post-2015 development agenda is being shaped, Lagos provides a timely reminder of how important it is to take Africa’s rapid rates of urbanization into account. – AllAfrica.

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