• 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 […]

  • Bujumbura’s market going up in flames hits economy hard

    After a fire at the end of January that razed Bujumbura’s market to the ground, Burundi’s economy is suffering. Tax revenue has dropped considerably, the banking industry is declining, and countless traders are out of work. Mail and Guardian reports: “The fire in the market was devastating, and now we have begun to see its […]

  • Fire devastates Bujumbura’s central market

    Bujumbura’s central market was gutted on Sunday morning, with Burundi’s fire brigade failing completely to control the fire. Fire trucks arrived late and were not able to penetrate into the market because of the violence of the flames, which went as high as 20 metres. “The fire started around 6:45 am; we alerted the security […]

  • Tanzania receives $100m for transport works

    The new funding brings the total cost of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in east Africa’s second-biggest economy to $290-million. “Traffic jams are a significant problem for the economy. They reduce productivity … threaten future growth prospects for the city and the country, and they pollute the environment,” Philippe Dongier, World Bank’s country Director for […]

  • Towards a transport master plan

    EAST AFRICA: …The East African Community (EAC) linking Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, with a combined population of over 140 million and GDP of over $74 billion, has largely failed to tap the potential of its common market because of poor public transport  infrastructures, experts say. The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) estimates […]