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African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

GlobalData’s latest report (‘African Transport Networks’) reveals that growth in transport construction in Africa is being driven by increasing investment in railway projects. Spending will be led by Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt, where transport investment will increase from US$7.6 billion, US$9.5 billion, and US$5.6 billion respectively in 2019, to US$9.8 billion, US$8.5 billion, and US$7.5 billion ... »

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

A four-year study into Chinese construction and manufacturing firms’ employment practices in Africa suggests some of the bad press China gets on the continent is undeserved. With Chinese firms dominating road construction in Ethiopia and Angola, there are perceptions that they don’t hire many domestic nationals, and treat those they do poorly.But fieldwork carried out by University of London’s Sch... »

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Can Deep Roads Restore Public Spaces and Limit Climate Change?

Cities around the world are trying to ban cars from urban areas as traffic congestion take a toll on our health and environment. Banning cars from urban spaces may make cities much more livable, but this is an especially urban-centric perspective. Banning vehicles from urban centers simply reroutes vehicle traffic that is necessary for commuting or commercial purposes further out into outlying are... »

South African Municipalities Shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure

South African Municipalities Shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure

The auditor-general (AG), Kimi Makwetu,  released yet another set of municipal audit results that show an overall decline in audit results for the 2017-18 financial year. The Auditor General South Africa (AGSA) audits again identified a number of shortcomings in the development and maintenance of infrastructure by municipalities. These included the underspending of grants, delays in project comple... »

3 Reasons why it is critical to make our infrastructure resilient

3 Reasons why it is critical to make our infrastructure resilient

From serving our most basic needs to enabling our most ambitious ventures in trade or technology, infrastructure services support our well-being and development. Reliable water, sanitation, energy, transport, and telecommunication services are universally considered to be essential for raising the quality of life of people. Access to basic infrastructure services is also a central factor in the pr... »