• 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Gulu’s sculpture boys

    They only appear in the town centre in the evenings. During the day, they are hard at work moulding all manner of objects using a mixture of clay and cement. In Gulu town, they are simply known as “the boys who sell animals” — teenagers who sell animal sculptures on the streets to make a […]

  • Banking on tourism in Banjul

    The streets of Banjul are often quiet, especially at night. Some hustle and bustle occurs during the day and on weekends, but for the most part The Gambia’s capital city is quiet. Traffic starts to flush into this port city around 6 a.m. when travellers enter the ferry port en route to the other side […]

  • Cape Town represents Africa as top urban travel destination for 2014

    In the much-anticipated Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014, European cities dominate the Top 10 Cities list, but Cape Town features in third place. As the only African city listed, Cape Town’s natural beauty, World Design Capital status, and urban innovation projects make it an international tourist destination for 2014. Listed after Paris, France, and […]

  • Investing in Gambia’s youth

    In June, The Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) and the African Capacity Building Foundation brought the Gambia’s Minister of Trade together with development organizations and bankers for the Top Employers Forum in Banjul. The aim was to discuss strategies for job creation, especially among the youth. The big question was, how can Gambia produce […]

  • Weekly news roundup

    Informal settlements keep growing in South Africa’s Mother City Population growth, urbanisation and inadequate planning have led to the proliferation of slum settlements in Cape Town. The metro area contains almost as many informal settlements as the rest of the Western Cape province, despite the fact that Cape Town metro occupies less than 2% of […]

  • Increased number of beggars in Zanzibar

    While some have reacted to news of the increase in beggars in Zanzibar’s cities with empathy and constructive solutions, other have demanded that government “eliminate the menace”, according to Tanzania Daily News. The study revealed that 65 percent of beggars in urban areas are women; most are between the ages of 40 and 60. Minister […]

  • 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 […]