Affordable Housing in Africa

Accommodation is rarely affordable in Africa. The majority cannot afford down payment in some parts of the continent, while some also struggle to meet payments and repayments. For instance, according to research, in Angola, a $3.5bn social housing project was done in Luanda, which offers about $84,000 for apartments. This is in a country where […]

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SUDAN: Real estate recession in the nation’s capital

Early in the year, the real estate market witnessed significant increase, but at the beginning of this month, there has been a recession in the sector.  According to reports by El Meghar newspaper, a housing broker attributed the drop to the current economic situation. He further stated that the market is expected to regularise after […]

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RWANDA: 7,480 housing units construction begins in Kigali

On 26th February, James Musoni Rwanda’s Minister for Infrastructure took part in the ground breaking ceremony of 7,480 housing units in Kigali. The Batsinda II will involve the construction of 2,000 units each in Kanombe and Ndera Affordable Housing Project, 2,743 units in Rugarama and 128 units for the Ziniya Pilot Project. The construction of […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: 1.5million houses to be constructed in the next 5 years

At the beginning of the year, The Department of Human Settlements was allocated US$2.60bn to boost the state of housing in the country. About 1.5 million houses are to be constructed in the next 5 years. Lindiwe Sisulu- Head of the Department, announced that this project will help improve the relationship between the government and the private sector […]

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South Africa: Low-cost houses to be constructed

About 1.5 million low-cost houses are to be constructed in South Africa over the next five years. This announcement was made by the Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Johannesburg last week. He stated that the government would achieve this target by implementing 50 catalytic megaprojects, each of which would involve construction of 10 000 dwellings. This […]

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KENYA: People’s Participation in Slum Upgrade

In Nairobi, 55% of her population live in approximately 5% of its total area. These form the slums and informal settlements. And as the world’s population is fast becoming predominantly urban, it is estimated that 52% of humanity will be living in urban areas by the year 2020. The inequality of access to land in […]

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Women help to construct homes in Namibia’s Mass Housing Project

Women in Construction is a program initiated by Namibian Homes. It provides training in plastering and bricklaying to 46 women. The mass housing construction scheme offers women the opportunity to learn how to construct houses from ground to roofing level. Some have even advanced to the stage of installing plumbing and electrical wiring. About five […]

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Alexander Forbes to construct Housing Units in Kenya

Alexander Forbes, an internationally accredited retirement funds consulting and administration provider is set to construct housing units for their retirement fund members. Landmark Holdings- contractor for the project and members will be able to get mortgage loans from KCB, Housing Finance and the Mortgage Company after talks are complete with these financiers. The estate will be located on […]

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Proposal for Casablanca Anfa released

The proposal for Casablanca Anfa residential complex in Morocco has been presented by Herreros Architects from Madrid. The program of this project includes: housing, shops and small sports facilities (swimming pool and gym for residents). The structure of the project is the result of a set of volumetrics adopted by architects. The ground floor and […]

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Prefabricated Housing- The way forward in Kenya

Prefabricated houses are developed in the factory and are assembled on site. They consist of wall panels made of concrete and polystyrene, steel or wood panels. The wall panels are jointed with screws to enhance their strength. The housing issue is a major debacle in Kenya. The fast growing urban population has led to acute shortage of housing […]

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