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No end to rubbish strikeBuaNews | 12 Apr 2011
Pretoria - The City of Johannesburg says it is disappointed with the outcome of the consultation meeting with unions on Monday aimed at ending the strike by refuse workers. The city's spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said management had hoped the strike would have been resolved so that SA Municipal...
Ethiopia: Reducing TB risk in Addis Ababafeedproxy.google.com | 23 Mar 2011
Health officials in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, are concerned about the spread of tuberculosis in the city's crowded public transport networks and tightly packed "DSTV [satellite television] houses" where ardent fans come to watch English and Spanish football.
Africa: After DFID Review: Nairobi-Based UN-HABITAT's Fortunes to DeclineAllAfrica.com | 22 Mar 2011
The fortunes of the Nairobi-based United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) could change drastically in the wake of a damning report by the UK's Department of International Development (DFID) that suggests that the organisation is riddled with irregularities.
Innovations in water management needed to sustain citiesfeedproxy.google.com | 22 Mar 2011
"Within the next 20 years, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, with most urban expansion taking place in the developing world. Ensuring access to nutritious, affordable food for the poorer of these city-dwellers is emerging as a real challenge," said Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources.
'Slum Survivors' inspires and upliftsIRIN News | 18 Mar 2011
In September 2007, IRIN released its award-winning film Slum Survivors, a 45-minute documentary about five people living in the Kenyan slum of Kibera. Slum Survivors has since become one of our most acclaimed and widely watched films and provides concrete proof that IRIN films change lives.
'I don't want to die' in South Africa floodsBBC World Service | 31 Jan 2011
A thick stench fills the air, there is no proper sewage system in the South African township of Themba Khoza - heavy floods have destroyed all the make-shift drains and bacteria infected water is flowing through the tiny pathways between the shacks. Residents of the informal settlement north of Johannesburg are bracing themselves for more floods.
KENYA: Mapping Kibera to improve living conditionsIRIN News | 07 Jan 2011
It is one of the most densely populated districts of Kenyas capital and one of the most researched urban areas in Africa. Hundreds, if not thousands, of NGOs work there, serving a community estimated to number anywhere between 100,000 and a million. Yet, until recently, the sprawling slum of Kibera barely featured on any detailed maps.
Africa warned of 'slum' cities danger as its population passes 1bnGuardian Unlimited | 24 Nov 2010
Lagos to overtake Cairo as largest urban area by 2015. Africa has joined India and China as the third region of the world to reach a population of 1 billion people, and it is expected to double its numbers by 2050, the UN says. By then, there will be three times as many people living in Africa's cities, and the continent that had fewer than 500,000 urban dwellers in 1950 may have 1.3 billion.
Egypt: Fishing in the SewerAllAfrica.com | 31 Dec 2009
After four hours on the Nile in a rowboat with his two sons, fisher Hussein Abdel Malek tallies the morning catch: a plastic water bottle, an empty juice box, a half dozen plastic bags and two small tilapia.