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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed confidence that the hosting of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) will further enhance Nigeria’s quest of emerging a hub of maritime destination for the West and Central African region.
The Director General of NIMASA Daduku Peterside,noted that AAMA is currently the biggest maritime event on the continent  bringing together all the major operators in Abuja for the duration of the event.
Also read:West Africa Modern Airports Conference
He added that apart from showcasing Nigeria’s maritime potential to the maritime community in Africa, it will also bring about interactions, business meetings, exchange of ideas and contacts among the maritime stakeholders across Africa including those from Nigeria.
“In addition to the maritime administrations that would be attending the event other critical stakeholders such as shipping companies, terminal operators, shipping agents, freight forwarders and other sundry maritime and shipping services providers would also be in attendance and this will bring about exchange of ideas and contacts with the Nigerian stakeholders.”

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja runway has been reopened and received two aircrafts on the same day. The airport had been undergoing expansion work.
Also:Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport runway to be rehabilitated
The federal government of Nigeria confirmed the reports and said that normal business activities commenced at the Abuja airport after six weeks of rehabilitation.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Ethiopian Airlines landed at the newly reconstructed runway. Sirika who landed first on the runway from Kaduna Airport on an aircraft appealed to Nigerians not to celebrate the reopening of the airport runway because the April 19 deadline was just a target that the aviation ministry set for itself and met.

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The Ekurhuleni Municipality in Pretoria-South Africa will over the next five years roll out six Mega Housing Projects in an effort to respond to the rampant human settlement build up within the city.

Also read:South Africa’s mega housing project boosts low income earners

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina said in the current financial year, the city will deliver approximately 5 000 housing units and an additional 8 000 housing units will be completed in the 2017/18 financial year.

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Besides recording bumper rainfall throughout the country recently, Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) water supply is faced with challenges.
Also read:Botswana water pipeline construction to be fast-tracked
WUC’s chief executive officer, Mr Mmetla Masire pointed out damaged water pipes and old infrastructure as some of the challenges being faced by the corporation.
He further pointed out that the growing phenomenon of vandalism and third party damage of infrastructure has also contributed to significant water losses.

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Water and Irrigation ministry has been ordered to award the contract for first phase of construction of $604.3m Thwake Dam to China Gezhouba GroupTender for Kenya’s Thwake dam cancelled, the lowest bidder.
The Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) on Wednesday faulted the decision of the former Irrigation Principal Secretary Mwangi Nduati to award the contract to Sinohydro Tianjin Engineering Limited.
In its decision, the board was particularly critical of Mr Nduati’s decision to ignore advice from the Attorney-General and the African Development Bank (AfDB), which is the co-financier of the project.

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Kampala’s Kibuli, Kitintale, Kansanga, Kamwokya, Kawempe and Katanga areas are famous for their low cost houses. The houses in these areas are built to accommodate majority of the middle income earners in the city and some parts of these areas are fast developing into slums.
Also read:Rwanda-Morocco housing project construction kicks off early 2017
According to Emmanuel Mukubwa Byaruhanga, a human settlements consultant who carried out a physical and social planning of a low cost housing scheme commonly known as Midugudugu in Rwanda, it is difficult for local governments to provide social services like education, water and sanitation, hospitals and shopping centres to scattered populations because it becomes too expensive for them to reach such communities.
Also read:Construction sector in Rwanda booms as demand for housing surges
He points out land access as the main challenge hindering establishment of organized settlements in Uganda. This, he says, is attributed to the fact that people are too attached to their land, and are backed by the constitution which states that land belongs to them.
Byaruhanga suggests that there is need for a national housing authority to be created so that government can buy land from individuals and through housing cooperatives, construct settlement schemes where social services such as schools, hospitals, shopping centres and security are concentrated like in Bunagana district in Rwanda where such a scheme has succeeded.
He added that rather than having houses everywhere, the housing authority can ensure that urban houses are properly planned so that social and physical services can be provided.
According to Peter Umimana, the Integrated Development Program coordinator of Bunagana District in Rwanda, the government decided to identify the most vulnerable people who were landless and bought land where it constructed the low cost houses and took closer common services to them.
They then proceed to make amenities such as schools, health centres, water, electricity and environmental protection programmes available in those settlements. He explains adding that through the approach, economic activities like cooperatives for bananas, livestock cooperatives, bird rearing cooperatives, green houses for growing fruits and vegetables have been developed.
Those living in the settlements have become aware on family planning with regards to land allocation. There is also a spirit of neighborliness fostered by the closeness in proximity. Security, water supply are just some of the guaranteed amenities they enjoy.
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Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr signed an accord with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development over the provision of approximately US $85m during her recent visit to Morocco to chip in the Annual Meeting of Arab Financial Institutions.
Also read:Multi-national investors eye Egypt’s solar feed-in tariff project
Nasr affirmed that the contract would fund the establishment of a solar power plant with a capacity of 50MW in Kom Ombo, Aswan.
The new plant is part of the governmental programme to boost the energy produced from renewable sources as an alternative of regular plants that rely on fossil fuels, according to the ministry’s press statement issued on Wednesday. The new capacity of energy will aid the nation to carry out the increasing demand without causing any additional pollution.

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Approximately one year after its national subsidiary was founded in Ethiopia, Sika has opened the first concrete admixture production plant in the country.
Sika is the first-ever international company to manufacture its products locally, and the move creates a base from which to build business activities in the growth market, which has a total population of approximately 100 million.
Also read:Chemical Admixtures have truly transformed concrete
Paul Schuler, Sika Regional Manager EMEA says: “The new concrete admixture production plant in Ethiopia is part of the systematic implementation of our Africa strategy.
We are playing a pioneering role in setting up local production, and this will bring us significant competitive advantages. Customers will benefit from local product formulations that are perfectly adapted to the raw materials and local requirements, as well as from shorter delivery times. This step creates a foundation for further growth in this promising market.”
STRONG CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY GROWTH RATES EXPECTED

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Uganda’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) says it will embark on the construction of low cost houses in the area within the next five years. This will be done on the 830.68 of its land the firm redeemed recently.
Also read:Affordable housing in Uganda remains elusive
The land, which had been lost was recovered only recently and the NSSF is taking the opportunity to construct low cost houses.
The managing director of NSSF, Mr Richard Byarugaba said there is a huge housing deficit in Kampala City and its surrounding towns and if the construction of the low cost houses is completed it will help in solving the problem.
The NSSF uses members fund to make investments on their behalf in government securities (treasury bonds and treasury bills), it also invests members funds in equities listed on the stock exchange and real estates. By far, the NSSF is the largest institutional investor in government securities (meaning it is the largest domestic lender to government).

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Some 600 houses in Namibian town of Rundu will soon  be constructed with 100 of the houses set to be completed by the end of this year.  The 600 houses in Namibian town of Rundu will add to the current 30,000 units in the area.
Also read:Namibia launches initiative to solve housing and land shortages
According to the project developers, the 600 units will comprise two bedroom houses with a garage and some without a garage, as well as three bedroom houses with garages and some without. The house prices will range between $38,500 and$69,300.
The servicing of the land is being done by Armstrong Constructions and the construction done by Armstrong Properties. Both companies belong to Ferdinand Olavi and Mathew Hungamo.

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A report by the W-Hospitality Group reveals that a total of 365 hotel chain development pipelines were reported in Africa last year in 2016, with 64,231 rooms.
According to the records, this is an increase of 29.2% from the 2015 where a number of 270 hotels and 49,715 rooms in the pipeline activity were recorded. Furthermore, another research done by JLL hotel research (Jones Lang LaSalle) predicts an investment of US$ 1.7bn in 2017, in hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa with an expected US$1.9bn more in 2018.
Also read:Construction of new hotels in Africa surges
This is expected to increase the number of hotel rooms in the region from the current approximate of 257,000.

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