Weekly urban news roundup: March 31, 2014

New protocol to restore Old Cairo.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab attended the signing of a cooperation protocol between the housing and antiquities ministries to resume the restoration of historical sites in Old Cairo. AllAfrica.

Bujumbura restricts the areas of jogging.

In Burundi, jogging has just become a high-risk activity. If you’re not careful – if you don’t jog in the right places, at the right time – President Pierre Nkurunziza might just mistake your gentle exercise for a dangerously subversive protest against his government. And the president doesn’t take protest lightly. Daily Maverick.

Addis Ababa opens Center for Climate Change.

World Bank-supported business hub, the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), was launched this week in Addis Ababa to support pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change while creating jobs and improving livelihoods. World Bank.

Theatre initiative offers entertainment in Accra.

As part of activities marking World Theatre Day, the Ghana National Theatre launched the 2014 Comedy Series in Accra. The aim of the comedy series, which begins on the last Friday of April, is to enhance and broaden the entertainment choices of Ghanaians. Government of Ghana Portal.

Unplanned markets still prevail in Yaounde.

In spite of efforts by the Yaounde City Council to restore sanity, urban disorder persists. For close to a decade, there has been an offspring of markets in the capital city Yaounde. What catches the eye of any visitor who comes to the city is the presence of markets in strategic junctions. Cameroon Online.

Kenyan urban-based Somali refugees moved into designated camps.

Kenya has ordered all urban-based Somali refugees to move into designated camps in a bid to end attacks by militant Islamists. Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said the directive had been issued because of the “emergency security challenges” facing Kenya. BBC.

Ebola hits Conakry.

Four cases of infection by the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Conakry, Guinea’s Health Minister Remy Lamah said, marking the first confirmed spread of the disease from rural areas to West African state’s capital. Al Jazeera.

Low-carbon buses for Dar es Salaam.

In a bid to decongest the city and reduce growing traffic emissions, Tanzania is implementing a multi-million dollar low carbon transport project, which will bring in state of the art, high capacity commuter buses to cater for the growing urban population. The Guardian.

Traffic police retake control of Mogadishu‘s roads.

With a fragile peace prevailing in the Somali capital, the biggest danger now facing this seaside city is road accidents. Somalia’s new traffic police tackle illegal parking, speeding drivers and temperamental street lights in Mogadishu. Al Jazeera.

Air conditioning Kampala.

Samsung Electronics East Africa, last week unveiled its 3rd generation of Digital Variable Multi System (DVMS) air conditioning for large buildings in Kampala. The global electronics manufacturers showcased its highly innovative system that adopts the new 3rd generation SSC (Samsung Scroll Compressor) technology. It provides world class energy efficiency and the most powerful cooling and heating performance. AllAfrica.






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