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As a part of its integrated public housing, the city in July this year, announced its plans to create 4,500 housing units at Wolwerivier. However, a couple of months later The City of Cape Town has decided to not proceed with the same. Brett Herron, Mayco member for Transport and concrete Development, said this was as a result of the area is 30 kilometres from town.
Wolwerivier is an incremental Development area (IDA). The development will benefit individuals awaiting better housing. However, some residents have been there for years. Several were resettled from destroyed informal settlements. The area also has high unemployment.
Location
However, Herron’s explained that the City of Cape Town has recently determined not to proceed with the formal development. He has additionally attributed this call to its location. Moreover, the city is of the opinion that first priority should go to  better situated sites in the event of housing opportunities.
Two weeks ago, the city announced that it will turn 13 sites near the city centre into homes for low-income households. Herron said the city still owned the Wolwerivier site. He additionally said the city was assessing the demand for regular minibus taxi services to the area. This is because, according to him the minibus taxi trade services Wolwerivier.
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The Zimbabwe Government recently ordered local authorities to install pre-paid water meters to increase council revenues. Urban Councils Association mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said standards metering systems have failed councils.
Mr. Manyenyeni said that so as to fund current and future water solutions, there ought to be a certain assurance concerning water revenues. Kadoma civil authority Muchineripi Chinyanganya added that the choice should guarantee secured revenue for councils.
Masvingo mayor Hubert Fidze said residents had demanded pre-paid water meters. This is because unlike with the standard meters, the pre-paid water metres enable them to manage and pay off their water charges.
According to Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa, the government is seeking  ways to help native authorities; ruling out another debt cancellation for residents.
Debt write-offs
He said councils lost over US$ 500m following the 2013 debt write off. The 2013 call, Government said, crippled most councils and measures were being thought-about to assist the affected native authorities.
He urged the native authorities to put in pre-paid water meters to assist boost revenue assortment. This will also help in doing away with unsustainable employment prices. Minister Chinamasa said Government ordered Zesa Holdings to install pre-paid meters to assist revenue assortment. He added that and councils should follow suit.
In 2013, Government ordered all ninety two rural and concrete councils to write-off debts owed by residents. That is dating back to Feb 2009 to June of that year. This followed complaint over arrears caused by unwarranted increase in rate, particularly in urban areas.
As of July this year, major native authorities were owed over US $1 billion in unpaid bills by residents, Government, business and commerce, a situation partly to blame for poor service delivery by most councils.


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Remedial repair works on Nigeria roads have commenced. The repair works are a welcomed development due to the deplorable state of some federal roads in Lagos State. This includes roads and bridges in the state.
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Godwin Eke said that some roads require urgent attention. “The federal government is committing to make all federal roads in Lagos and across the nation motorable,” he added.
Furthermore, some of the roads are already complete while others are still undergoing repairs. Besides, the remedial works on both carriageways of Apongbon bridge undulations are complete.

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Kenya is eyeing to construct a brand new road between Mombasa and Nairobi instead of expanding the existing highway. Instead of turning the current road into an expressway, the government has decided to construct a completely new six-lane expressway to run side by side with the existing one.
Traveling options
In another three years, a Kenyan traveling from Mombasa to Nairobi will have at least four major options. One may choose the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger train. The train takes about five hours or take a flight and land in the coastal town in an hour. If traveling by road, one will have two roads to pick from.
Moreover, the six-lane expressway project is under the execution of Bechtel Corporation, the largest construction and civil engineering company in America.

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Khato Holdings Executive Chairman, Simbi Phiri, says his company is looking to transform communities along Lilongwe-Salima Road. This area is coincidentally also the designation of the Lake Malawi -Lilongwe Water Supply Project.
Lilongwe Water Board contracted Khato Civils’ company with a view to implement the US$700m project. Upon completion, the project is expected to address the perennial water shortages in the Capital City and surrounding areas. The firm won the contract after Phiri made the pledge last week in Sandton, Johannesburg.
According to him, among the focus areas is construction and renovation of schools, clinics and recreation centres. These amenities will serve the purpose of youth empowerment through employment and entrepreneurship.
When complete, the Lake Malawi- Lilongwe Water Supply project will create spin-off businesses for thousands of locals. These people will come in handy in the supply of goods and services to the company and its staff.
Business ventures
Khato Holdings intends to use the project as a stepping stone to doing more businesses in the country. They intend to venture further into property and manufacturing among other areas. Additionally, Khato Holdings plans to penetrate the Africa market and leave a footprint of top-class infrastructure.
Khato Civils (Pty) Ltd. is a South African design and construction company. The company specializes in the development of large scale infrastructure. Furthermore, Khato Civils has established itself as one of the leading black emerging construction companies within the South African market. The Company has qualified professionals with broad experience in areas of construction and engineering.

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Cape Town is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in the construction of buildings; this is according to Weekend Argus, a South African news organization. The organization further states that the the rise in the construction of buildings also comes with increase in the prices of real estate developments. Over US$ 1.5bn in real estate development monies are set to be spent in Cape Town over the next three years.
 “We have seen growth over the past few years which is steady and it shows clear signs of continuing. At least at the same rate if not even stronger between now and 2020,” said Rob Kane, chairman of the Centre City Investment Development.
Construction of buildings in Cape Town
He further said that the type of new properties being developed in the city includes apartments, office buildings, retail and the refurbishing of existing buildings.
Property values in the Western Cape Providence where Cape Town is have sky-rocketed over recent years. Both domestic and international buyers have driven prices up to levels never seen before.
Houses in Cape Town on average range from 78.5% and this is more expensive than they were in 2010; according to FNB. Property expert Toni Enderli says the boom is due to families from across the country moving to Western Cape Province. This is majorly because the region has a reputation for good governance under the Democratic Alliance party.
About Cape Town
Cape Town is the second most populous metropolitan area in South Africa. Recently, it has become one of the most popular cities in the world for international tourism. It consistently ranks among the most beautiful and charming cities in the world.
The town is one of the world’s most striking cities, often compared to San Francisco because of its climate and waterfront location. Oenophiles love it too because of its proximity to the Cape Winelands, the home of over 300 wineries, a number of whom have won prestigious international awards.

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Deputy of Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms. Pamela Tshwete, recently signed an agreement to extend the RSA-Cuba Cooperation Agreement to 2023. The agreement is between the ministry and Cuba’s Institute of National Hydraulic Resources (INHR).

The Committee Meeting served the purpose of review and evaluation of the Agreement Cooperation in the field of Water Resource Management and Water Supply. The meeting also focused on identifying areas of improvement on the same. As a result, the two countries agreed to extend the contracts of the Cuban engineers.

The agreement makes provision for the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Institute of National Hydraulic Resources to co-operate in the areas of geo-hydrology and engineering services. Furthermore, the implementation of this program has been on-going for the past eighteen months. In addition, specialists have been placed in different clusters in all nine provinces where future engineers are undergoing mentorship.

Registration with ECSA

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) said they will speedily process requests from Cuban engineers. The requests are for recognition as professional specialists. This is because currently, ESCA does not recognize the Cubans’ qualifications. This also includes their type of work  in the country.

Ms. Tshwete said South Africa will forever be grateful to Cubans for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and skills in the water sector. INRH Vice President, Mr Bladimir Matos Moya, said they will assist South Africa improve water supplies to the next level. According to him Cubans have directed South Africa to identify its specific training needs for attendance.

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Kenya is eyeing to construct a brand new road between Mombasa and Nairobi instead of expanding the existing highway. Instead of turning the current road into an expressway, the government has decided to construct a completely new six-lane expressway to run side by side with the existing one.
Traveling options
In another three years, a Kenyan traveling from Mombasa to Nairobi will have at least four major options. One may choose the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger train. The train takes about five hours or take a flight and land in the coastal town in an hour. If traveling by road, one will have two roads to pick from.
Moreover, the six-lane expressway project is under the execution of Bechtel Corporation, the largest construction and civil engineering company in America.

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A 14 day ultimatum has been issued for completion of the Power transmission line at Gongo la Mboto on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam by the deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Dr Medard Kalemani. The completion of the power transmission line is a part of Tanzania’s Energy Development and Access Expansion Project (TEDAP).
TEDAP’s objective is to improve the quality and efficiency of electricity service supply. It also seeks to establish a sustainable basis for energy access expansion and renewable energy development in the country. It has sponsorship from World Bank worth over US$ 32 million dollars.

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Nairobi- based Real Estate firm Superior Homes Kenya has announced plans to construct 3,000 housing units in Athi River. The project is expected to cost US$ 291m.
The firm announced the plans early this week after the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court ruling in favor of the firm. This allowed it to proceed with the purchase of a contested prime parcel of land in Athi River. East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) owns the US$7.2m land.
In line with a disputed sale agreement from 12 years back, EAPCC was ordered to sell the land to the developer. The firm said the gated community development will target the middle class. The development will take shape on the 337 acres of land that the real estate company is set to acquire from EAPCC.
Expansion of projects
Adjacent to the development is the open-plan Greenpark Estate at Stoney Athi. Greenpark currently has over 450 houses complete. Some of the amenities in the development include a school, green zones, sports and recreational facility as well as a shopping complex.
Development on the 163 acres at Greenpark Estate is almost getting exhausted. This is according to a statement released through he firm’s MD Ian Henderso. ,Consequently, the new land will come in handy in the expansion of the firm’s vision of providing a world class master-planned and sustainable development.
According to Mr. Henderson, the firm is looking to create a development with all the infrastructure and amenities required for a cosmopolitan neighborhood. It should also be within easy traveling distance to Nairobi. Superior Homes Kenya said mid last year it intends to list on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE’s) Growth Enterprise Market Segment.

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Orascom Construction Limited has signed a US$320mn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build Abu Rawash Wastewater Treatment Plant in Egypt.
The construction company has formed a 50:50 joint venture with FCC Aqualia, a subsidiary of FCC, to deliver the project.
The facility will have a capacity of 1.6 million cubic meters per day, comprised of primary and secondary treatment units. The joint venture is however, planning to execute the project over phases in 37 months. Once complete, the facility will serve 6 million people.
In addition to the EPC scope, the joint venture will operate and maintain the facility for three years. This operation and maintenance scope highlights Orascom Construction’s strategy to grow a recurring income portfolio in the infrastructure sector.
A 50:50 joint venture between Orascom Construction and Aqualia New Europe is currently the co-owner and co-developer of New Cairo Wastewater Treatment Plant, Egypt’s first public private partnership.

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