Thursday, May 25, 2017

Western societies steal from Africa

Global Justice Now: " “There’s such a powerful narrative in Western societies that Africa is poor and that it needs our help. This research shows that what African countries really need is for the rest of the world to stop systematically looting them.  While the form of colonial plunder may have changed over time, its basic nature remains unchanged.”
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Americans don't know there are 96 concurrent US military missions in Africa

The New Yorker: "At the moment, seventeen hundred members of the Special Forces and other military personnel are undertaking ninety-six missions in twenty-one countries, and the details of most are unknown to Americans. "

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Humans growing by 190,000 per day

Africa Science News: "Environmental summits keep calling for actions which governments adopt or not. There were many of those summits, the last one in Paris. But all the delegates keep discussing the wrong issues. We are facing the fact that there will be seven and, in the nearby future, even eleven billion potential car owners in the world.
A substantial part of this population surplus of four billion people will exacerbate the present problems of pollution and migration. As long as environmental summits ignore the fact that the world population grows with about 70 million people each year – that is 190.000 people on a daily basis – , we will be fighting a running battle with every environmental protection measure. At first sight, those measures may leave a good impression, but everybody who takes the effort of thinking a little bit longer will understand that they should be considered as mere window dressing, less than an treatment of symptoms."
Fortunately birth rates are falling where energy footprint is biggest. We can accelerate this by providing the following.
  • car-free cities
  • education for all
  • good health-care 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lagos choked by motor traffic -- but writer blames pedestrians!

BusinessDay: "While these limitations are real, my submission is that, Lagos roads and highways are too accessible to all manners of pedestrians. Therefore, it is imperative that government prevents unwanted users from major roads and highways, especially cart pushers, street hawkers/traders and okada riders who create illegal bus stops on every inch of major roads and highways."

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Exploitation of Africa means #IslamicState will flourish


Western nations have plundered Africa for hundreds of years. This has created a deep abiding anger which will fuel the Islamic State for a long time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Full speed ahead on paving Africa

Scrapping Nigerian superhighway buffer isn’t enough, say conservation groups: "The six-lane superhighway, which would connect the inland cities of Katsina Ala and Ikom with the port of Calabar, is seen by proponents as vital to Cross River state’s economy.

“We need to open the horizon to get teeming young people employed,” said Ben Ayade, the state’s governor, in a speech at a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in 2015.

“It became imperative that we reconstruct a new means of production,” of which the superhighway would be a critical component, Ayade said."

Friday, February 10, 2017

Chart: Public Transport in African Cities Often Unaffordable

The Data Blog: "The typical household in many African cities cannot afford public transport fares. According to a new report, public transport in Sub-Saharan Africa's major cities is dominated by informal minibuses, and is expensive relative to household budgets making it largely unaffordable on a daily basis, especially for the poorest.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Liberia - Women in Monrovia Call for Safer Public Transport

The Bush Chicken: "“For women and girls worldwide, the freedom to move safely around cities is greatly restricted, whether by gender-blind planning and design of transport infrastructure or by social and cultural norms that tolerate violence towards women,” the report said. “Poor street lighting, a lack of buses and stops, all-male transport staff, lack of public toilets, and inadequate policing has created an environment where sexual violence against women in the city can thrive.”

In Liberia, the report was launched by the minister of gender, children and social protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, along with ActionAid Liberia interim country director, Lakshmi Moore, who said the launch of the report marks the beginning of series of dialogues among citizens, stakeholders, and policymakers on how the recommendations can be used in the Liberian context."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kenya: Economic Opportunities Can Double If Nairobians Use Public Transport, WB Says

allAfrica.com: "Nairobi — A new policy research working paper by the World Bank indicates that economic opportunities in Nairobi can double within an hour when commuters travel by foot or use public transport."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fuel subsidy created false growth, now #degrowth is harsh

Al Jazeera: "Sudanese police forces have fired tear gas at about 300 Sudanese protesters demonstrating against a government decision to cut fuel subsidies."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CPP promises PWDs free education, health care, public transport

Ghana News: "“We will ensure that even public transportation would be made progressively free for all Persons with Disabilities.”
The CPP Presidential candidate disclosed the party’s intention to set up a special fund to cater for the basic needs of Persons with Disabilities."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cars choking Accra, Ghana

The Guardian: "“I’m in trouble if I leave my house around 6 or 6.30am,” Ampofo says. “I then won’t arrive at work until nine or 10am, and that creates a lot of problems with my manager because I’m supposed to get there by eight. If the government doesn’t do anything about the traffic, it’s not going to get any easier …”"

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Friday, November 4, 2016

100 additional buses for Addis Ababa, more improvements called for

Walta Information Center: " Employees and a shareholder of the Alliance Bus Group said the newly-formed cabinet should give attention to modernizing the city's transport system and addressing challenges witnessed in the sector.

They told ENA the above at the delivery ceremony of 100 buses imported duty-free today.

A shareholder of Alliance Bus Group, Tamiru Berhanu said the newly formed cabinet needs to give priority to providing a modern transport system that satisfies the development of the city.

He noted that addressing public transport problems should be given attention as it deeply affects the lives of Addis Ababans."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Accra - Ayaalolo buses to give public free ride for 5 days

ghanaweb : "Beginning from Monday, September 26 to 30, 2016, the general public will enjoy free transport services from the newly introduced ‘Ayaalolo’ buses, a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) service introduced by the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE)."



Friday, August 26, 2016

Rwanda: Privatized #publictransport a disaster, police recommend more corporate mission statements (not a joke)

allAfrica.com: "CP Rumanzi said accidents were caused by reckless driving, wrong maneuvers, violation of right of way, speeding, use of cell phones while driving and wrong overtaking, among others.
...He also challenged them to set company missions, visions and values.

"Strategic planning and effective administration will improve your business and check road accidents.""

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cosatu decries state of public transport in Cape Town

ewn.co.za: "CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has handed over a memorandum to key role players, including Metrorail’s Richard Walke, demanding improved public transport."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nairobi traffic doubles every six years

The Guardian: "We could easily be in Cairo, Lagos or another African megacity, but this is the eight-lane Mombasa Road in Kenya’s capital – a permanently clogged artery in a metropolis where the number of vehicles doubles every six years."

Monday, May 30, 2016

Car emissions draining Nairobi economy

Standard Digital News: "In Nairobi, for instance, vehicular emissions are estimated to contribute close to 40 per cent of urban air pollution. The economic loss arising from vehicle emission-related illnesses and deaths is estimated at Sh115 billion per year (University of Nairobi, 2012). The figure could be higher. With the knowledge that deaths resulting from such pollutions can be prevented, the big question remains how?"

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ethiopia: Bureau to Offer Free Public Transport Service for Teachers

allAfrica.com: "The Bureau has signed an agreement with the Addis Ababa City Administration Transport Authority and made official that the Anbessa City Bus and Public Servant Transport Services Enterprise shall be delivered for free since May 9, 2016.

Social Sector Cluster Coordinator with a Rank of Deputy Mayor and Addis Ababa City Administration Education Bureau Head Delamo Otore said that the agreement is vital to ease the challenges faced by teachers due to lack of transportation."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tanzanian teachers get free travel in Dar es Salaam

BBC News: "Teachers in parts of Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam are being given free transport to and from their schools.
Kinondoni District Commissioner Paul Makonda said he hopes to expand the scheme across the entire city."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup

OilPrice.com: "There has been a lot of talk about going on the offensive against corruption in the Nigerian oil industry for years, but it’s mostly been the empty talk of campaign promises. This time around, the new president, elected in March 2015, has shown a drive that threatens to bring down anyone connected to the oil business under the previous government. So far, he’s made good on his campaign promises, much to the demise of the industry."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kenya: Competition in #publictransport results in suffering for the people

allAfrica.com: "Today, the National Transport and Safety Authority will be launching a crackdown against public service vehicles that have failed to comply with regulations, including on noise pollution."

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cosas wants free transport for pupils

Sowetan LIVE: "He said the government would set a good example by allowing pupils to use trains for free when going to school.

"We have a problem with a South African government that wants to give students free train tickets for soccer matches but is reluctant to give them free train tickets to go to school," he said."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Africa the new frontier for #autosprawl

Massive road and rail projects could be Africa’s greatest environmental challenge: "In total, we have identified 33 massive “development corridors” that are being proposed or are underway. At the heart of each corridor is a road or railroad, sometimes accompanied by a pipeline or power line."


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PE taxi bosses demand city launches public transport system

Times LIVE: "Laphum’ilanga Transport Services‚ which represents the taxi industry‚ has vowed to pursue all its options – including possible legal action against the municipality – to compel the city to start the integrated public transport system (IPTS) project."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ghana Govt imports 200 buses for public transport

Business News 2015-11-19: "“We lack an effective public transport. In every city that I have travelled to abroad, there is a private transport provided by taxi drivers, mini buses and all that, but there is also public transport. So, we are introducing a new bus system."

Monday, October 19, 2015

Must Read: Blistering condemnation of South Africa #publictransit

BDlive: "The 2013 National Travel Survey showed commuters using public transport were spending on average more than 30% of their income on transport. This is totally unacceptable considering that half of all workers still earn below R3,033 a month. The same survey also pointed out that 6-million breadwinners were stranded because they could not afford any form of transport."