DAILY TRIUMPH reports
“AS part of the resolve to achieve its urban renewal objectives, Kano state government says it is set to make the ancient city one of the most beautiful cities not only in Nigeria but the world over.
In this regard, the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) is currently conducting various beautification exercises toward achieving the set goals.”
[SOURCE: DAILY TRIUMPH-Urban renewal programme: Green areas for Kano soon]
As city councillors demand for City Council’s quick investigations and demolition of the mushrooming illegal structures in Kampala, they are concerned that the problem will not be solved unless corruption in KCC is brought to an end.
SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Uganda: Kampala’s Poor Physical Planning – Who is Responsible for the Mess?
THE 100 YEARS BETWEEN 1950 and 2050 have been dubbed as the “Century of the City”, and according to Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-Habitat, “will be remembered for the greatest social, cultural, economic and environmental transformation in history – the urbanisation of humanity”.
Africa, the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent, will be half-urban by 2050, and its urban population of 1.2 billion will represent nearly a quarter of the world’s. But how will African cities be faring?
Read more @ the SOURCE: DAILY NATION – African urban areas have failed in this ‘Century of the City’.
Kironde offers a column on Tanzania’s rapid urbanisation and how past development was undertaken and what the future holds.
SOURCE: Tanzania Standard Newspapers
Kenyans who earn at least Sh40, 000 a month, who are also considered to be the majority of the emerging middle class, could soon have the chance to get a loan to buy a house in a decent part of Nairobi.
The Government has over the decades failed to make good housing plans to cater for the majority of the residents, who are middle and low-income earners but several urban renewal projects underway could help reduce the acute housing shortage in Nairobi.
The shortage has been caused by poor urban planning by both the Government and the City Council, which have neglected to maintain houses and develop new ones.
SOURCE: Business Daily Africa – the international window into East African business opportunities – New plan to give middle class cheap home loans.