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South Africa: Covid-19 and Rural South Africa

[MSF] The media's focus as COVID-19 has washed over the globe has largely concentrated on urban centers, a preoccupation that is justified by the high case numbers in cities. Yet, as the pandemic slows, it is increasingly clear that COVID-19 has not been a solely urban public health phenomenon. In September, photographer Chris Allen and writer Sean Christie documented the experiences, successes and lessons learned in the rural hinterland of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, where a community ban (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Occupants Struggle to Defend Possession of Departed Asians Properties

[Independent (Kampala)] Masaka, Uganda -- Current occupants of the former properties of departed Asians in Masaka district are struggling to defend their possession before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Dear Careless Restaurateur - Screw You and Your Stairs

[Daily Maverick] When you have mobility issues, the message from most eateries is clear: you're not wanted here. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: BRT and Public Transportation in Lagos

[This Day] The Bus Rapid Transit has brought a fresh air to intra-state movement in Lagos. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Nms, Lands Ministry Begin Processing Title Deeds

[Nation] Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has begun processing titles and leases for county allotted land. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: How Accra Tackled Complex Challenges in an Urban Slum

[The Conversation Africa] When I first heard about the community of Old Fadama in Accra, Ghana, I recognised something. A Ghanaian Catholic sister who visited the green market weekly in that neighbourhood told me about it. She worried about a community of vulnerable migrant women known as "head porters" or kayayei, who earned a pittance transporting heavy items balanced on their heads. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Heavy Floods Threaten the Lives of About 500 000 People

[MSF] Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are deeply concerned by the impact of the ongoing severe and fierce flooding across South Sudan where anestimated 500 000 people have been displaced. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: No Shack, No Vote, Says Port Elizabeth Mother After 20 Homes Demolished

[GroundUp] The shacks of about 80 people who occupied land near the Bayland informal settlement in Port Elizabeth were demolished on Wednesday morning by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The land where the group erected the 20 shacks last week was demarcated for the KwaMagxaki Initiation School. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: 80% of Vision City Housing Units Sold - Rugemanshuro

[New Times] About 80 per cent of houses in the Vision City real estate project has so far been sold, Rwanda Social Security Board Director-General, Regis Rugemanshuro has said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 'We Cannot Risk Our Lives By Drinking Dirty Water'

[GroundUp] Residents of Mngazana village in Port St Johns say water from their communal taps is unusable. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ogun to Boost Online Payment With Discounts

[This Day] The Ogun State government is offering property owners and residents who are willing to make online payments on amenity charges up to 50 per cent discount. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Kidnappings On the Obajana-Okene Highway

[This Day] Abuja -- While the attention of security agencies is focused on tackling criminal activities, banditry and terrorism in the North West and North East of the country, the failure to effectively man the Obajana-Okene axis has worsened the security situation in the area with almost a weekly incident of kidnappings of luxury and mini bus passengers. In the latest incident which occurred on September 22, three passengers including a lady, of one of the major transport companies in Nigeria were kidnapped by men said to b (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Illegal Occupation Not the Answer to LGBTQIA+ Concerns

[DA] The DA Metro LGBTQIA+ Committee rejects the illegal occupation of a Camps Bay Airbnb establishment by a group identifying as "Queer" and "vulnerable". (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Ekurhuleni Shuts Down Illegal Recycling Company

[SAnews.gov.za] The City of Ekurhuleni has obtained a court order to halt operations at the Steel Sheeting Company in Wadeville following complaints of an unbearable stench caused by illegal recycling and manufacturing operations. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Khayelitsha Land Occupiers Call for Water, Toilets and Rubbish Collection

[GroundUp] About 1,200 informal settlement households in Khayelitsha formed during the Covid-19 lockdown are demanding services. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: No Water, No Information - the Plight of a Graaff-Reinet Community

[Daily Maverick] As parts of Graaff-Reinet entered a second year without reticulated water, community organisations wanting to check on progress with infrastructure have been unable to get entry to the areas where the boreholes supplying water to the town are situated. An application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act has also been ignored. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Beyond the Aba Building Collapse

[This Day] The regulatory agencies should be alive to their responsibilities (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kisii - the Beer Market That Turned Into Region's Second-Biggest Town

[Nation] Kisii town, once a one-lane shopping centre with countable buildings, surrounded by steep, heavily forested hills, has progressively grown into a buzzing business centre - the second fastest growing town in Nyanza region after Kisumu. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Province and City to Appeal Tafelberg Judgment

[GroundUp] The Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town will appeal a landmark court judgment on the sale of the Tafelberg site. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Hundreds Riot in Knysna After Two Shacks Demolished

[GroundUp] Riots erupted in Knysna on Sunday with hundreds of people taking to the streets. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Municipal Tribunal Gives Go-Ahead to Mega-Development At Two Rivers Urban Park

[GroundUp] A city tribunal has made way for Amazon to move in to River Club mega-development in Cape Town. (AllAfrica)