Friday, March 7, 2014

Kenya : Nairobi must invest in public transport

Standard Digital News: "The county must invest in public transport that is efficient, secure, clean and reliable. The much talked about metro railway remains a paper project, but there is no reason why the county cannot partner with the National Youth Service, for instance, to operate fleets of buses on selected routes for a start."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Who needs to reduce energy use to stop #climatechange?

Visualising global energy inequality | Make Wealth History: "The current definition of ‘modern energy access‘, as used by the International Energy Agency, is 100 kWh per person per year. The image below, which is from the Center for Global Development, shows how far that amount of power would last us in different parts of the world. An American would use that in three days, a European in five. The average Ethiopian would use that much power in two years."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Accra city public transport in a mess?

SpyGhana.com: "The unworthiness of most vehicles that carry passengers often leads to fatal accidents, making Ghana one of the most accident-prone countries in the world.

At least 26,621 lives were lost through road accidents from January 2000 to September 2013, while about   70, 000 people were injured within the same period.

According to statistics made available by the National Road Safety Commission, 20,503 lives were lost between January 2000 and December 2010 in road accidents that left 63,384 people injured."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

South Africa: Public Transport Exempted From E-Tolls

allAfrica.com: : "In a statement released today, the Presidency said: "Some bits of information that are important for consumers to know appear to have not found way into the public domain in a visible way. One is that workers travelling in buses and taxis are exempted from e-tolls.

"These modes of transport pass through the gantries free of charge. Transport services in South Africa are ably supported by the minibus taxi industry, ferrying about 60% of the population in Gauteng daily. They form an integral part of the integrated transport system value chain.""

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Kigali #publictransit no better under new arrangement

allAfrica.com: Rwanda: Public Transport - It's About Time Service Providers Are Held Accountable: "Several months down the road, the same problems that characterised the previous arrangement, such as keeping commuters waiting for long hours and overloading, still persist.

In some cases, the situation has actually worsened."

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

#Carfree in Capetown

Carfree: "I can tell you this makes me pretty happy with my new lifestyle. My daily experience over these carfree months have been very positive, and I feel so far that the slight inconveniences can't compete with the wind in my (sometimes slightly damp) hair."

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Friday, December 27, 2013

#Autosprawl, product the U.S. has consequences of #climate, #war, and #peakoil in Africa

South Sudanese rebels seize oil wells as mediators meet president - The Irish Times - Fri, Dec 27, 2013: "Rebels in South Sudan have seized some oil wells and may damage them, the petroleum ministry said, as African leaders met President Salva Kiir to try to mediate an end to nearly two weeks of fighting in the world’s newest state."

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Nigeria, with poor infrastructure, nevertheless tries to force people to buy new cars

‘Automobile Production Possible Without Banning Tokunbo Vehicles’, Articles | THISDAY LIVE: "The association stressed that the plan is ill times because of low purchasing power of the citizenry to acquire brand new imported cars; bad and poor road network, as well as lack of conducive and efficient mass transit system to encourage citizens to leave their cars and use public transport systems; poor multimodal and inter-modality with rails, inland waters, etcetera for seamless and easy transportation of products and people to reduce emphasis on road transportation and use of private cars; inadequacy in power (electricity) and other essentials amenities to encourage local manufacturers, foreign investments and reduction in the huge capital flight associated with importation of finished products; low commitment by government to create a functional private sector driven auto industry that will be seen to meet government’s target to produce vehicles that will be affordable to the average Nigerian."

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Monday, October 21, 2013

People in Kigali prove they desperately want more #publictransit

Rwanda - eTurboNews.com: "The recent introduction of a new public transport system in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali has triggered a rush of demand on the busses put on the road by the three licensed transport companies, leaving many users frustrated over long waits and crowding. The new system was launched only two months ago and the vehicles available proved woefully inadequate compared to the number of people now wanting to use public transport and leave their vehicles at home when going to work."

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

New rationale for looting Africa, carbon credits

Ugandan farmer: 'My land gave me everything. Now I'm one of the poorest' | Environment | theguardian.com: "An Oxfam spokesman says: "They had schools, health centres, churches, permanent homes, and farms on which they grew crops to feed themselves and surpluses to sell at market. They paid taxes. Theirs were strong and thriving permanent communities.

"Land grabs are going under the radars of existing safeguards intended to protect vulnerable people. The New Forests Company describes itself as ethical and says it follows international standards, yet more than 20,000 people were evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation to make way for their plantations," says Oxfam director Barbara Stocking."

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Gauteng: many #publictransit promises, little action. Solution: free buses.

Will Gauteng's latest transport strategy be any different? - FM: "None was ever implemented. Indeed, previous plans were abandoned during a change of administration, or have simply sat on the shelf.
Will this latest plan be any different?"
Politicians propose grandiose schemes for building public transport. There are always winners and losers. This creates division and allows the biggest opponent, autosprawl profiteers, to divide and conquer. If a city simply makes buses free, that will people more flexibility in where they work or live.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ghana: Metro Mass Transit/National Drivers Academy to Train 1000 Drivers

allAfrica.com: "The programme is being organised by the MMT in collaboration with the National Drivers Academy (NDA) in compliance with Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 2118 which requires that drivers are given adequate training to ensure safety on the country's roads.

Under the programme, an initiative by Mr Noble Appiah, Managing Director of MMT, a total of 1,000 drivers will be trained in 4 batches in Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale."

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Energy waste in Africa is legacy of colonialism

Pambazuka: "Do you think it is fair that the African continent should be held accountable "today" for the bad decisions rich countries such as yours made “yesterday”, and which has led to over-exploitation of nature, animals and human beings by introducing unhealthy and destructive diets as well as excess energy consumption?

Do you consider it acceptable that countries like yours should impose their failed development models on Africa as if they were models of success and the only guaranteed path towards development?

Would you imagine a world in which Africa adopts your ideas of production, consumption, development and progress?

Do you think it right that Africans must accept without question the responsibility of using our resources to support those who were obviously unable to manage theirs?"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Zimbabwe: 'Invest in Public Transport'

allAfrica.com: ""Zimbabwe must invest in its mass transportation system to improve traffic flow management. Our current system is unsustainable," she said."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Namibia drought: one in three at risk of malnutrition

Namibia declared a state of emergency in May amid the worst drought in a generation. Above: the parched village of Otutati, near Opuwo. Photograph: Jordi Matas/AP
theguardian.com: "One in three people in Namibia is at risk of malnutrition, the UN has warned, as the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa endures its worst drought for a generation."


Monday, August 12, 2013

Cape Town not exempt from an urban spring?

Future Cape Town: "But, globally  the balance of power in cities has shifted and continues to move towards the urban citizen. One that is no longer a passive recipient of major infrastructure projects and city planning, but a more educated, informed and active participant in civil society. The democratic deficit that results can escalate alarmingly fast, as the protests at Taksim Square have showed."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

As Nairobi airport burned, emergency vehicles were stuck in traffic

Inferno roars through E. Africa's largest airport - NewsTimes: "Fire trucks and ambulances on the way to the airport "were trying to weave their way through a solid two lanes of cars," said Barry Fisher, whose flight to Ethiopia was canceled."

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Traffic congestion the biggest problem in Egypt

If I were in charge … of Egypt - theguardian.com:

  • "Make sure that all trading deliveries in large trucks over a certain size take place between 10pm and 5am to avoid crippling the highways and byways. Then, people could at least get to work. This would motivate people and have a psychologically positive effect, as the visible improvement in traffic and the environment would be immediate. This is not a new idea, but it never seems to get implemented.
  • Raise the price of fuel for all private and business cars. Public transport vehicles for the poor should continue to get fuel at the current price. Focus on public transportation."


Monday, July 29, 2013

Durban, South Africa to spend USD 3 billion on #publictransit

R20bn Durban transport plan - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News | IOL.co.za: "Durban - A R20 billion transformation of Durban’s public transport system over the next seven years is expected to connect 600 000 commuters across the city to nine public transport corridors.

The network will intergrate bus, rail and taxi transportation. The aim is to offer reliable and cheap commuter transport.

The city promises it will be safe and secure and will be monitored by a control centre and closed circuit television cameras.

Work has already begun on the first phase of the eThekwini Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network to cost an estimated R10 billion over the next five years.

A further R10 billion will be spent to complete the project by 2020."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2/3 of Egypt’s oil is gone 20 years after its peak

Does this look like good use of a country's wealth?
2/3 of Egypt’s oil is gone 20 years after its peak: "No matter who is ruling Egypt and for how long, this country faces a crippling energy crunch which contributes to the general dissatisfaction of the public and the accelerating changes we see in this country."

Monday, June 24, 2013

We cannot achieve collective goods acting individually

The Observer - Public goods can’t be based on solo actions: "Given a choice, the average person prefers a free-ride, meaning incurring no cost, in enjoying public goods and services. This is because most public goods have what economists call ‘jointness of supply,’ meaning consumption or use by one member of the public does not diminish the supply of the same good or service to others."
Very good. But all public goods are not the same. The subsidy of roads enables climate change and is a free gift to oil industry. In addition, the more individuals use a road, the worse it is for the whole people. Whereas, the more people use public transit, the more the return on the investment, and the less donation to climate change.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Coal-Burning in the U.S. and Europe Caused a Massive African Drought

Olga Khazan - The Atlantic: "New research from the University of Washington shows that air pollution from the Northern Hemisphere indirectly caused reduced rainfall over Africa's largely arid Sahel region, causing Lake Chad, a major local water source, to dry up, and leading to widespread crop failures."

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Climate change impacting food supply in Ghana

Times Of India: "He said evidence of climate change in Ghana was that the mean annual temperature had increased by one degree celsius since 1960, on an average rate of 0.21 degree Ccelsius per decade.
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Adu-Dapaah said the impact of climate change was increasingly becoming severe and that long-term projections indicated crop yields could fall by up to 50 per cent by 2020 and net revenues from crops could drop by as much as 90 per cent by 2100."

Friday, May 10, 2013

Joburg introduces plan to eliminate private autos

30bn for Joburg infrastructure - Sowetan LIVE: "He said the design would diminish the use of private cars.

"Over time, we will eliminate the need for private vehicles as the city progressively moves towards an effective public transport system," he said.

This would not only change traffic patterns but also reduce carbon emissions, resulting in a healthier environment."

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cars choking Sudan

Sudan Vision Daily - Details: "Khartoum -- Public transportation in Khartoum has been a major concern of the residents despite attempts by the state’s concerned authorities to find a radical solution to the problem. The problem is coupled with constant traffic jams especially during rush hours. Many bus stations have been moved and relocated to ease the traffic; however, the suffering of the residents remains."

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Farmers in Africa devastated by #climatechange

coastweek.com: "“As you can see, every single tomato and vegetable in this farm has been submerged in water not forgetting that I spent a fortune to invest in this project in the hope that returns will be great,” Mwangi told Xinhua in his farm located in Kandara, a farming district 70 km northeast of Nairobi"

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nigeria: Money is there for #publictransit, just not vision

allAfrica.com: "It is not because we cannot develop the metro due to paucity of fund as always insinuated by the government, but because we continuously misplace our priority, by placing in the fore what should be last, even if needed. Or, is it not in the same city that we have the National Stadium constructed at a very exorbitant inflated cost? Is it not the same city that hosted the All African Games with a very expansive games village, the CHOGM and not long ago the African First Ladies Summit with a very controversial and expensive African First ladies Peace Mission secretariat now being proposed? We can go on and on. On the other hand Malam el-Rufa'i could have had his short comings, but, the metro, or the on going light rail concept in Abuja development that was earlier abandoned, was not resuscitated until during his tenure. At least, that effort must be commended."

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