Young Africa has a problem. Well, to be sure young Africa will face many challenges in the near future but curiously one of them seems to be under the radar; not a priority item for governments and institutions. To hear the experts tell it, Africa will experience a population boom in the coming years and should be reaping what many economists have termed a demographic dividend. What will be happening on the other side of this is rapid urbanisation. The UN-Habitat estimates that by 2030 all developing regions, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia will have more people living in urban than rural areas.
North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements plans to demolish mining hostels in Khuma township beginning this April, to pave way for family units with proper sanitation and infrastructure.
Lafarge Africa Plc and Shelter Afrique, a Pan-African housing and development institution, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of facilitating access to affordable housing for low income earners in Nigeria.
Flintstone Engineering, a little known Ethiopian firm, is targeting the Tanzanian market, thanks to a programme run by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ). Currently, the company is undertaking a USD 3.5m National Housing Corporation project in Tanzania, said Flintstone founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moges Tadese.
Brick manufacturer Corobrik is upbeat on prospects for 2015 following an increase in government infrastructural spending since the May general election. Corobrik managing director Dirk Meyer says that added to infrastructural spending there has been a 15% increase in sales due to a modest recovery in the residential market. In the first three months of the current financial year, the group has sold more bricks into dwellings than in the past few years.
The Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa’s youth organisations and department’s key stakeholders signed the National Human Settlements Youth Accord (NHSYA) for active participation in sustainable human settlements development. The youth accord is the outcome of a one-day National Human Settlements Youth Summit held in Johannesburg to discuss government housing programmes aimed at empowering young people while mobilising them to support government and department’s priorities in the next five years. Key to the department of Human Settlements priorities is the delivery of 1.5 million housing opportunities by 2019 with a special focus to elderly, child-headed household and military veterans.
Broll Ghana, established in 2006 recently won awards for Best Valuation Firm and Best Brokerage Firm of the year at the Ghana Property Awards, an annual event that recognises property leaders in the industry. No stranger to winning awards, the company has won awards for Property Management Company of the Year 2013, Facilities Management Award 2012, Maintenance Award 2011 and Commercial Building Management Award 2010.
Vinson Hailulu, Chief Executive Officer, National Housing Enterprise, Namibia tells Concrete.TV about the National Housing Enterprise’s grand plans of building 180 000 houses by 2030. The housing enterprise was asked by the government to put a programme together to help deliver housing on a mass scale. The way the programme is going to run is by phases. The first phase is currently running and will run until the end of next year. This phase consists of 10 000 houses.
The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has agreed to provide an AED110m ($30m) loan to build a 117km two-lane road and seven bridges.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday hosted an engagement session with the business community of Limpopo.
Parsons has announced that it has won an award from the International Road Federation for the Sheikh Zayed Street and Tunnel project in Abu Dhabi.
Geotechnical specialist Fugro has been awarded a three-year contract by the Highways Agency to undertake traffic speed structural surveys (TRASS) of England’s strategic road network.
Chinese company Sinohydro and the government of Cameroon have agreed to resume the construction of the Mora-Dabanga road in the far north of the country.The agreement followed the release few days ago of ten of their workers, abducted by the Nigerian Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
Drivers on a road in the Netherlands are now being guided by glow-in-the-dark road markings. The N329 in Oss is being used to pilot the concept, which is part of the Smart Highway project by construction firm Heijmans and design firm Studio Roosegaarde. Glowing Lines is aimed at increasing visibility and safety.