• Yaounde city faces tough choices over planned motorway

    Building a modern capital city based on existing urban planning and disorder seems costly and challenging to the Cameroon government as a future motorway project that will run from the Yaounde Nsimalen airport to the city faces planning stalemates. Building the highway will require demolition of homes on the road’s path and government will be […]

  • A look inside Yaounde’s scrap metal economy

    Every day, 12-year-old Ali Mustapha and his three older brothers take to Yaounde’s streets in search of scrap metal with little or no idea of what they will excavate from beneath the earth and rubble. “We never return empty handed,” said the young waste picker. “We pick all sorts of metal, even those that are […]

  • Yaounde gets renewables makeover

    For students and staff at Cameroon’s University of Yaounde 1 getting around campus has become greener. Two electric mini buses called ‘blue buses’, which are charged using solar energy, transport them free of charge around campus. The buses are part of multinational transport company Bollore’s pilot vision to reduce its green house gas emissions by […]

  • Canals to stave off flood risks in Yaounde

    When it rains the effects of poor drainage and waste disposal is evident in every part of Yaounde. Rainwater overflows from the narrow gutters that are partially blocked by garbage, mainly plastic bottles, flooding the roads with dirt and disrupting traffic. Recently, heavy rains in Yaounde caused flooding in parts of the city: the quarters […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fuel crisis hits Cameroon’s cities

    In Yaounde and Douala, motorists are seeking fuel as filling stations run dry. While there is very little information available, it appears that the cause has primarily been an issue with distribution. While the cause of the distribution problem is unclear, Business in Cameroon reports: Meanwhile, at the National Corporation for Petroleum Depots (SCDP) that […]