• Dakar: a fragmented agglomeration

    In Senegal’s capital a long absence of urban planning has led to the anarchic development of economic activities and residential settlements as well as the remarkable polarity of the city, writes Alé Badara Sy.

  • High prices for rentals in Accra

    The number of people living in Accra is thought to be at least eight million. Official statistics say the population grew from 2.9 million in 2000 to four million in 2010 as a result of people flocking to the capital in search of better work prospects. The city’s housing deficit makes it tough for residents […]

  • Tshwane declared a disaster zone after hail storm

    Last Thursday, a hail storm caused extensive damage within the Pretoria area amounting to R100 million ($10 million). Largely striking the poorest areas of the city and numerous power sources, the storm also saw hail stones the size of peoples’ hands. South Africa’s Highveld is renowned for its late afternoon thunder storms during summer; this […]

  • Accra to host first Vlisco center of excellence in Africa

    With fifteen shops across West Africa, Southern Africa, and the opening of two new outlets in Kinshasa early in 2013, Vlisco Group – operating from the Netherlands since 1846 – will open a center of excellence in Accra next December. “The company runs 63 million meters of fabric annually and generates nearly 90% of its sales on […]

  • Arusha to become the ‘The Hague’ of Africa

    If The Hague is the legal capital of the world, it is hoped that the city of Arusha will soon be its African equivalent. The government of Tanzania plans to expand the legal prowess and jurisdiction of the city’s institutions. Arusha has hosted many historically significant commissions and judgments. Tanzania Daily News reports: “Prime Minister […]

  • Growth predictions released for African cities in 2030

    In a recent report released by British forecasting firm Oxford Economics it is predicted that in 2030 African cities will experience a higher rate of growth than any other region in the world. The study tracks projected population growth, GDP growth and consumer spending. Lagos is set to become the continent’s most populous city in […]

  • Gaborone welcomes ‘African.i am’

    African network agency, Brand Africa Global, will launch its African.i am inititiative, which is focused on development and promotion of the continent and its culture, during the 200 Business Assembly in Gaborone, a platform for marketing and investing in 15 african countries. The launch event will be held on October 28 and 29. As The […]

  • Racial division in Cape Town by the numbers

    Using Census data, Adrian Frith, a software developer, has created an interactive map that shows the racial divides in major South African cities. As a result, it is possible to see how the legacy of apartheid racial segregation has remained over time and space. In Cape Town, “maps created from the data gathered during Census […]

  • Livelihood concerns as Kenya kicks off regional infrastructure project

    NAIROBI, 9 October 2013 (IRIN) – A huge transport infrastructure project due to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected. The 1,700km Lamu Port and Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), launched […]

  • Rights group wary of Chinese-Congolese infrastructure partnership

    Launched in 2008, Sicomines is a Chinese-Congolese project, with an estimated cost of $3 billion, to build new roads and bridges in various cities in the DRC, including  Kinshasa. Sicomines has one clear intent: to facilitate exploration and development for the mining of non-ferrous metal. Notwithstanding benefits to the mining industry, human rights activists doubt […]