• Urban news roundup: March 6, 2015

    Mombasa to receive road upgrades Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has invited bids for the design of Port Reitz Road and Moi International Airport Road aimed at decongesting the two link roads. The roads are to be upgraded from a single carriage way to dual carriageway with grade separated junctions at the Magongo and Port […]

  • Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions

    Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) is an EPSRC/DFID/DECC-funded project (Grant No. EP/L002620/1) that seeks to develop a knowledge exchange framework for supporting local and national bodies involved in municipal energy planning in the effective transition to sustainable energy use in urban areas. Through close partnering with six cities in three African countries […]

  • Urban News Roundup: February 27, 2015

    Dar es Salaam: scholar underscores management of urbanisation Urbanisation and planning are important aspects in the country’s development agenda, said Prof Joseph Semboja, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI) Institute. He said the reality of urbanisation is sinking in but significant challenges remain. The process should be managed so […]

  • Urban news roundup: February 20, 2015

    Addis Ababa to get second airport A major infrastructure project in Ethiopia designed to expand the capacity for handling passengers passing through the capital’s airport is on course for completion in 2018, but moves are already under way to build an additional airport. Airport project manager Hailu Gebremariam said Ethiopia is already studying potential sites […]

  • Urban News Roundup: February 13, 2015

    Cape Town EFF thrown out for disrupting Sona, DA walks out Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu were removed from Parliament on Thursday during President Jacob Zuma’s eighth state-of-the-nation address. EFF members demanded to know when Zuma is going to pay back the money towards the costs of security upgrades […]

  • Weekly news roundup: February 6, 2015

    Lagos evacuates 260 beggars in 100 days In spite of Lagos state Government’s effort to end street begging, more beggars still troop into the state daily. This compelled the government to intensify its raid, leading to the evacuation of 260 beggars from the streets in the last 100 days. – Vanguard In Johannesburg, a new bridge […]

  • Urban news roundup: January 30, 2015

    Johannesburg: Cops implicated in Soweto unrest According to foreign shop owners and those implicated in last week’s seemingly xenophobic looting incidents, the police were complicit — either stealing goods themselves, or assisting others to do so. The attacks are said to be South Africa’s worst in seven years; an estimated 120 foreign-owned or run shops […]

  • Urban news roundup: January 23, 2015

    Nairobi police teargas protesting children Almost 100 primary school children staged a protest against the sale of their school playground to a property developer. Around 40 armed police accompanied by dogs dispersed the protesters by firing tear gas canisters, according to an AFP news agency photographer present at the scene. – Al Jazeera   Ouagadougou […]

  • Weekly news roundup: December 12, 2014

    The week’s headlines from cities across the continent

  • Weekly news roundup: December 5, 2014

    Ouagadougou buries martyrs of the uprising. Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Burkina Faso’s capital for the official funeral of “martyrs” of the bloody uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaore. In all, at least 24 people were killed during demonstrations on October 30 and 31 against a bid by Compaore to extend his […]