Urban forest grows in Soweto

The target is to plant 200 000 trees in dry and dusty Soweto by the end of the year. Already well on the way, City Parks has a number of tree-planting projects on the go.

WITH thousands more trees being planted in the dusty, denuded areas of Soweto, this area may reach its urban forest status sooner than expected.

The next big tree planting event planned by Johannesburg City Parks is on 22 April, when the world celebrates International Earth Day. Some 15 000 trees will be planted by the utility in Bram Fischerville and Meadowlands as part of the City’s drive to green Soweto and other marginalised areas.

City Parks has a target of planting 200 000 trees by the end of this year, says Jenny Moodley, its marketing and communications manager. With the Earth Day project and the 24-hour extreme park make-over planned in May for Diepkloof, the tally of trees planted since 2006 will grow to over 78 000.

Source: city of johannesburg – Urban forest grows in Soweto.

New fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment – South Africa

Fee guidelines for professionals working within South Africa’s built environment are set to come under scrutiny over the next few months, when fee and work-reservation proposals for professionals operating in the sector will be presented to the Competition Commission.

Read more @ Competition body to apply its mind to new fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment.

Source: Engineeringnews.co.za

Zimbabwe: Clear Policy on Urban Agriculture Vital

Harare City Council must have a clear-cut policy on urban agriculture that takes into consideration the need to conserve the environment and the contribution of urban farming towards household food security.

Haphazard urban farming has negatively impacted on the environment and, in some instances, affected protected conservancies, forests and wetlands.

Read more @ AllsZimbabwe: Clear Policy on Urban Agric Vital

Group Five sees urban risks

Pretoria – Group Five believes housing and property developments on the edge of urban areas could be at risk because of a lack of power, but the listed construction and engineering group thinks Eskom’s capacity problems have been exaggerated.

Group Five chief executive Mike Upton said yesterday that Eskom’s capacity would increase as the utility brought back units from maintenance and rolled out its full repower programme, such as the refiring of the Grootvlei and Camden power stations.

Read more @ Business Report – Group Five sees urban risks.

Cameroon: Douala Urban Council Enters Urban Transport

For the first time in the history of the Douala Urban Council, the council has entered urban transport business.

The council has bought 38 percent of the shares of ‘SociĆ©te Camerounaise de Transport Urbain’, SOCATUR, which is the lone authorised urban bus service in Douala. SOCATUR, it would be recalled, bought over the defunct state-owned urban bus service, SOTUC.

Speaking at a meeting in Douala mid last month on the sorry state of urban transportation in Douala, the Government Delegate to the Douala Urban Council, Dr. Fritz Ntone Ntone, announced that the situation would soon be ameliorated with modern buses.

Read more @ allAfrica.com: Cameroon: Douala Urban Council Enters Urban Transport

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