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Rwanda : King Faisal Hospital secures $14m funding for expansion

King Faisal Hospital has secured $14M for expansion from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). The funds are aimed at further supporting ongoing expansion of outpatient facilities including renovation and construction of the outpatient block’s education and research centre, day care premium facilities. More


Africa : Modern bricks provide green solutions for affordable housing in Africa

Low-carbon brick industry clusters present a strong model to create local supply chains necessary to address the high demand for affordable housing in Africa’s Great Lakes region while decreasing foreign imports. Fatou Dieye and Daniel Wyss outline a true model for green industrialisation. More


Rwanda : MINEDUC building Rwf 7 billion worth of kitchens

The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) is building 2648 kitchens at different schools countrywide to be completed at a cost of Rwf 7, 944, 000, 000 to facilitate existing school feeding program.

They are being constructed at schools which struggled to cook for students due to lack of kitchens.

The development was revealed on Tuesday by the State Minister in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Gaspard Twagirayezu at the celebration of African School Feeding Day held at Groupe Scolaire Kayanga in Rutunga sector, Gasabo district.

Twagirayezu explained that the activity is meant to help schools find dining places unlike the past when they used to eat from their classes. More


Rwanda : Kigali needs adequate housing by 2050 – how do we get there?

Standard & Poor’s (S&P), an international financial services company, has maintained

Building on the milestones of the New Kigali master plan 2050 and the momentum of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to follow up on Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by 2030)

This new concept has the population projection now at 3.8million, household size at 3.8, gross density at 5198 p/sqkm, and employment projection at 1.8m jobs. This new updated Kigali Master Plan 2050 is an upgrade to the 2013 version and will lead the economic and social growth of Kigali for the next 30 years. More


Rwanda : S&P affirms Rwanda’s creditworthiness despite pandemic

Standard & Poor’s (S&P), an international financial services company, has maintained Rwanda’s rating at “B+” but observed that the outlook remained negative.

A sovereign credit rating is an independent assessment of a country’s creditworthiness.

It serves to give investors insight into the level of risk associated with investing in the debt of a particular country, including any political risk.

The international credit rating agency observed that amid the negative economic fallout of the global pandemic, Rwanda’s economy will gradually rebound in 2021; It projects GDP will expand by 3.9 per cent in 2021 and by an average 7.1 per cent between 2022-2024. More


Rwanda : Construction of $10m gorilla conservation centre nears completion

The construction of the Ellen DeGeneres campus which is close to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi sector of Musanze district is at 50 percent.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Construction of campus, expected to boost mountain gorilla conservation efforts and promote Rwanda’s tourism, started in February 2019 and was expected to open in early 2021.

However, the project which was supposed to be complete in early 2021 was disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic, Félix Ndagijimana, the Director of Rwanda programmes at Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Karisoke Research Center told The New Times adding that it is now set to open in late 2021. More


Rwanda : Controversial multibillion Gisenyi modern market gets new investors

The first phase of Gisenyi modern market, which has stalled for 11-years due to sustained disputes between the district and investors could be completed in with six months.

This follows an agreement between the district and a new investor—Rubavu Investment Company Ltd—officials said.

Gilbert Habyarimana, the Mayor of Rubavu District, has disclosed that under the agreement, the investor is responsible for completing construction of the multi-billion facility.

After construction, he added, the parties will then discuss a detailed shareholding arrangement.

The construction of the market—which started in 2010—was supposed to be completed in 2013 by ABBA Ltd but stalled following a tender dispute. More


Rwanda : Young Rwandan to spearhead introduction of technology in architecture and engineering

Alexandre Nzirorera, a Rwandan engineer, has been appointed to lead the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in Rwanda.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

The engineer will represent BIM Africa, Africa’s biggest BIM technology regulatory organization.

The new appointment will see the adoption and implementation of BIM technology in the architecture, engineering and construction industry in Rwanda.

Having started an engineering training academy-Nziza Training Academy- and Golden Construction and Designing Ltd (GCD) in 2018, the engineer was chosen to represent BIM Africa for his skills in the construction industry. More


Rwanda : Rwanda’s green investments have generated 150,000 green jobs

There are multiple business opportunities in environmental conservation which have so far created more than 144,000 green jobs from the 44 green projects funded by Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) with thousands of other green jobs created by other green investments over the past eight years.

In 2008, Rwanda banned plastic bags and in 2011, Rwanda introduced the national Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy (GGCRS).

This was followed by the establishment of a green fund, in 2012 with aim to mobilize domestic and international climate finance, and secure sustainable financing to support projects toward the implementation of the green growth strategy.

These measures that started 10 years ago have played a role in creating green jobs and as more investments are made.

Teddy Mugabo Mpinganzima, The CEO of Rwanda Green Fund explained that over the past eight years, the fund has mobilized $188 Million from both domestic and foreign financing sources. More


Rwanda : Nyabikenke Hospital In Muhanga District Almost Complete

Residens of Ndiza in Muhanga district will no longer have to trek long distance to access medical services- Construction of a Frw7billion magnificent modern hospital is almost complete in Ndiza.

The residents have been walking far away to Kabgayi and Gakenke district to receive medical services ranging from maternity, pediatrics and general medical treatments.

President Paul Kagame in 2015 visited this part of the country and one of the requests from residents was to have a school and hospital. Five years later, the hospital is now available- a private contractor had abandoned construction works in 2018 and the Rwanda Defence Forces took over the project.

Accoding to Muhanga district authorities, engineers on site are now fitting furniture and other equipment – they will also build houses to accommodate physicians and other support staff for the hospital.More


Rwanda : Rwanda extends tax breaks to manufacturing, construction

Starting January, the Government will roll out tax incentives, for two years, to help stimulate investments in the manufacturing and the construction sectors as well as speed up business recovery from the Covid-19 effects.

The relief is under an initiative known as ‘Manufacture and Build to Recover Programme’, which was approved by cabinet this week.

The programme is designed to significantly reduce the cost of setting up industries of select products as well as existing firms who would like to expand their current operations.

The incentives are seeking to increase the production of construction materials, agro-processing, as well as hygiene and sanitation products.

Companies setting up industries or expanding operations in the above sectors will be exempted from import duty for materials and equipment bought for purposes of setting up the production plants.More


Rwanda : NIRDA moves to support firms in clay value chain

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) in partnership with Enabel, the Belgian development agency, have launched the 2020-2021 Open Calls Programme to help firms engaged in clay value chain for construction materials to help them acquire upgraded equipment.

The support aims at improving companies’ competitiveness and productivity for them to increase the quantity and quality of locally made construction materials such as bricks and tiles among other materials needed on the market.

A technical audit survey carried out by NIRDA revealed technological and technical gaps that affected the competitiveness of construction materials made from clay.

It found that 49.2 percent of the firms lack modern technologies; 85 percent have challenges related to the cost of firing materials while the activities of 29 percent were found to threaten the environment.

It also revealed that 33 percent of the firms are challenged by the cost of the clay processing and 32 percent face challenges related to the cost of clay extraction.More


Burundi : Shopping Mall To Replace Bujumbura Central Market Burnt In 2013

Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye summoned members of cabinet to discuss a score of issues including the fast tracking of a proposed plan to build a modern shopping mall at the site of former Bujumbura Central Market that was mysteriously burnt in 2013.

“The Council of Ministers met this morning to analyze, among other issues, the ABEF’s request to government to build a large shopping center on the site of the former central market in Bujumbura,” the Burundi Presidency said early Wednesday.

ABEF or simply l’Association des Banques et Etablissements Financiers (Association of Banks and Financial Institutions) submitted a proposal to the government seeking to prop up a giant shopping mall instead of a market.

On January 27, 2013, residents of Bujumbura commercial city woke up to utter shock and disbelief as columns of thick smoke scaled the skies – the Central market was in flames- the fire broke out at 6.30 am in ward 4 in a stand which contained clothes and electronic equipment (TV and DVD). More


Rwanda : Inside Busanza Housing Estate, the new home of former Kangodo slum residents

After a long wait, the first group of families who were living in Kigali’s largest slum bringing together three zones; Kangondo I, Kangondo II, and Kibiraro I, have settled in their new homes.

On Saturday last week, 46 families were moved into their new houses in the estate, known as Busanza Housing Estate.

Their new estate, once complete, will accommodate 1,000 families.

The slum, degradingly known as Bannyahe, is located in Nyarutarama, Gasabo District is prone to disaster whenever it rains and also a health hazard due to the unplanned nature of the settlement.

Their new homes located in Kanombe, Kicukiro District are equipped with facilities synonymous with modern housing estates. More


Rwanda : U.S. Embassy Inaugurates 400 Millions RWF Kimihurura School Project

KIGALI, December 03, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter H. Vrooman and Rwandan Minister of Education Dr. Valentine Uwamariya inaugurated a construction and renovation project worth 400 million Rwandan francs during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at Kimihurura Primary School in Kigali.

The Kimihurura Primary School project highlights accessibility as the United Nations marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. In addition to 12 new classrooms, seven renovated classrooms, 30 new latrines, and a comprehensive drainage and water storage system, Ambassador Vrooman noted that the project also includes important accessibility features. An expansive ramp system and two custom-made accessible latrines will allow equal access for all students and staff. More


Rwanda : How “rukarakara” inspired a movement in Serbia

After leaving Serbia in 2005 Dragana Kojicic moved to Rwanda where she worked for architecture studios for three years. In addition to architecture projects of commercial buildings, she spent time exploring construction techniques of housing made of adobe bricks, known as “rukarakara” in Rwanda.

She researched by reading documents kept at the Ethnographic Museum in Huye, travelled to several urban and rural settlements, talked to citizens and masons and was documenting and learning on the process of creating “rukarakara” and constructing with it.

In her home country, Serbia, especially its northern province of Vojvodina, using adobe bricks is a well-known and used material for housing for hundreds of years: some of those still standing and surviving temperature spans from -30 during winters to + 40 degrees Celsius during summers. More


Rwanda : City of Kigali seizes over 50 stalled construction projects

The City of Kigali has repossessed some 58 private properties, including plots of land and unfinished construction projects, citing delays in their development.

The repossessed unfinished construction projects, authorities said, have not been making progress in regard to executing the development plans expected of them by the city.

The move is in line with the 2013 law governing land use in Rwanda.

Under its article 58, the law provides for confiscation of land within urban areas for which a detailed physical plan was approved by competent authorities and it is clear that it has spent three consecutive years unexploited.

Once confiscated, the property is sold to competent developers and proceeds from the auction given to the owner of the property. More


Rwanda : FEATURED: IRCAD to unveil high-tech surgery centre in Rwanda

So far, we have been very impressed with all the talented surgeons and engineers we have worked with from Rwanda and around the continent.

In 2018, the government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health in partnership with IRCAD France, a global institution dedicated to advancing and teaching minimally invasive surgery, embarked on a new journey to establish an IRCAD center in Kigali. More


Rwanda : RSSB, BRD Housing Project Gets Shelter Afrique Financing

Shelter Afrique yesterday approved the development of an approximately US$400 million housing project in Kigali, in partnership with Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD).

The Kinyinya Park Estate Project- composed of 10,000 integrated and sustainable large-scale houses is expected to be completed within four years and will benefit 50 000 Rwandese and create over 40 000 jobs during construction.

Other partners in the project include, Development Funding Institution (DFI), Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB and Ultimate Developers Limited (UDL) and and an internationally acclaimed large-scale contractor as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC). More


Rwanda : Prototype Village House; Brick Award 2020 Category “Living Together”; Architects: MIT Rwanda Workshop Team, 

Rwanda is the most densely populated country on the African continent, but at the same time very rural, with only 26% of its inhabitants living in cities. Outside the urban areas, a sprawl of small houses covers the hilly landscape. Because such peri-urban settlements also require modernization and expansion, a state program to promote village development has existed since 2013. These projects, however, are centrally managed, do not involve the local population and resources and result in uniform new buildings with high construction costs. To develop an alternative, a team of MIT Africa students headed by Professor Rafi Segal conducted a three-week project in the village of Mageragere. Together with villagers and local laborers, they worked out a prototype for an affordable house which is completely tailored to Rwandan needs. More


Rwanda : PAC warns City of Kigali against expropriation before compensation

The Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday, September 23 cautioned the City of Kigali against expropriating residents before compensating them, insisting that the expropriation law must always be respected.

It was during a virtual public hearing in which the City of Kigali senior managers were providing explanations on irregularities exposed by the Auditor General’s 2018/2019 report on State finances.

PAC pointed to over Rwf3.4 billion arrears owed to people who were affected by the expropriation for the construction of roads in the City. The delays were between 16 and 1140 days. More


Rwanda : 80% of Vision City housing units sold – Rugemanshuro

 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.

Rugemanshuro was speaking on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 during a virtual Public Accounts Committee hearing where RSSB senior management was responding to issues in the Auditor General (AG) report for the financial year 2018/2019.

Rugemanshuro told PAC that more than 80 per cent of the houses have been sold so far following adjustment of prices..More


Rwanda : What would it take to have more green buildings in Kigali?

The words ‘green buildings’are hard to miss duringtalks and projections of the ideal City of Kigali in coming years. What would it take to actualize the projections and plans?

The City of Kigali is urging real estate developers to consider investing in green buildings as Rwanda moves to include green buildings as part of the green economy.

A green economy is a low carbon and resource-efficient economy driven by investments that allow reduced carbon emissions and pollution, enhanced energy, and resource efficiency.

City officials say that there is need for structures that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient from design, construction, maintenance and renovation.More


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Prime Cement inaugurates grinding plant in Rwanda

02 September 2020

Rwanda: Prime Cement has inaugurated its new 0.6Mt/yr grinding plant in Rwanda in Musanze, Northern Province. It also announced the start of commercial production at the US$40m unit, according to the Rwanda New Times newspaper. It plans to ramp up production to 1.2Mt/yr by mid-2022. Germany-based Loesche installed a Loesche Jumbo CCG (Compact Cement Grinding plant) with type LM 30.2 mill at the site.

The cement plant is owned by Milbridge Holding, a group of companies involved in manufacturing and distribution of construction materials in Angola, the UAE, Rwanda and South Africa. It employs 110 workers directly.More


Rwanda : Considerations to make when deciding between renting, buying or building a home

Housing is among the key priorities for many. At the same time, housing has been a major challenge for most due to factors such as costs, lack of savings and growing competition. With options ranging from buying, renting to building one from the ground up, what’s the most ideal model?

Recently Eric Sibomana relocated from Nyarutarama cell of the Remera sector to Kamukina cell in Kimihurura to rent a residential house at low cost since COVID-19 had negatively affected his income as a hotel waiter.

For him currently, renting is the most ideal for his taking into context his monthly income and preference of location of residence.

“I was paying Rwf100, 000 to rent a house with features such as proximity to work and social amenities, but due to reduced income during COVID-19, I have relocated to another which I pay Rwf60, 000 per month. For me the best housing model is renting at an affordable costs,” he explained.  More


Rwanda : 10 major changes in the new Kigali master plan

The City of Kigali, on Friday, September 4, 2020, launched a new city master plan to be implemented from 2020 up to 2050.

The new master plan introduces a flexible and incremental approach to city development as it seeks to accommodate 3.8 million population in 2050 from the current 1.6 million population.

The master plan is guided by economic, social and environmental drivers.

The following are top changes highlighted by Ernest Nsabimana, the Vice Mayor of Kigali City in charge of Urbanization and Infrastructure, in the new master plan compared to the previous one. More


Rwanda : Prime Cement seeks to bridge supply gap with $40 million plant

Cement is a primary product in construction and other infrastructure activities but those who rely on it in Rwanda have been struggling due to the supply deficit in the market.

Prime Cement Ltd, a new player in the market, promises to change that with a $40-million factory in Musanze District in the Northern Province.

The company officially inaugurated its factory on Tuesday, September 1, and announced the start of commercial production of cement.

It is the second cement manufacturer in the country after Cimerwa, which has for a long time been struggling to meet market demand.More


Rwanda : Progress on the Nyandungu Eco-Tourism Park Project

The project stalled because of the redesign and changing the implementing firm that was implementing project activities. More


Rwanda : Can Rwanda bridge the cement supply gap?

Rwanda has a supply deficit in cement which is continuously frustrating the construction industry.

The country’s cement demand is estimated to be 800,000 tonnes per year against a domestic supply of 420,000 tonnes per year.

And, according to Cimerwa chief executive officer, Albert Sigei the cement market is expected to grow by close to 10 per cent.

Cimerwa is Rwanda’s largest cement factory. More


Rwanda : Review of Rwanda’s construction and real estate development

After the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi when almost the entire infrastructure was non functional, the Government of Rwanda embarked on reconstruction and infrastructure development.  Among the priorities set was the construction of modern residential and commercial infrastructure.

Growth in demand for low and affordable houses has been driven by many factors, a growing population (2.64 per cent per annum), an emerging and growing middle class, increased Diaspora investment in Rwandan property markets and government investment in infrastructure expansion and modernization of urban and rural infrastructure.

The need for infrastructure and real estate has been attributed to recent remarkable growth in population and foreign investments which imply that there will be continued growing demand for residential as well as commercial infrastructure and buildings. More


Rwanda : Rwf37bn Musanze-based cement factory to begin production in August

Following the shortage of cement on the local market, the newly-completed cement plant, Prime Cement, is expected to start operations in August, and it is expected to bridge the current cement gap on local market.

Located at Musanze Industrial Zone in Kimonyi Sector, Musanze District, the cement plant is privately owned and it is part of the Milbridge Holdings a group of companies involved in manufacturing and distribution of construction materials in Angola, the United Arab Emirates, Rwanda and South Africa.

The plant comes at a time a big number of construction projects were either put on hold or seen budgets on construction projects going significantly up as a result of cement shortage on the local market.

The current shortage of cement on the local market has resulted in the sharp rise in market prices to Rwf13,000 from Rwf8,500 per bag of cement.. More


Rwanda : Gatsibo: RPF cadres construct Rwf130m office

Cadres of RPF-Inkotanyi in Gatsibo District are set to inaugurate offices in the city of Kabarore as part of events lined up to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the liberation struggle.

The building, worth more than Rwf130 million, was a contribution from the cadres.

Emmanuel Munyaburanga, a 67-year-old cadre from Rwimbogo Sector, said every cadre contributed depending on their capacity, and the achievement shows that they are proud to be part of the transformative era of the country under RPF-Inkotanyi.

Munyaburanga is now a mosle farmer in Rwimbogo Sector, and he attributes his accomplishments to the leadership of RPF and President Paul Kagame, “who loves Africans in general and Rwandans in particular.”

He grows maize on 12 hectares and banana on three hectares. He also has modern breed cattle in a 25-hectare farm. More


Rwanda : Construction In High Gear At $14 M Munini Hospital

A state-of-the-art hospital that is expected to cost $14.5 million is at completion stage in rural Munini sector, Nyaruguru district of the Southern Province.

Excitedly, Mayor of Nyaruguru district Francois Habitegeko twitted; “Construction of X&Y wings of Munini Hospital  at the completion stage. The project is a 300 rooms superstructure donated by HE[President Paul Kagame] to Nyaruguru district people.”

Mayor Habitegeko further joked “The once upon time called #abatebo are no longer #secondclass citizens.”

The excitement could be understood. Munini is located at a 66-kilometer distance at the nearest hospital, the Huye based University teaching hospital. More


Rwanda : Green mall to be developed at former justice ministry premises

Duval Great Lakes Ltd, a subsidiary company of a French company “Groupe Duval” is going to construct a multibillion environmental-friendly complex at a building that used to house the ministry of justice near Kigali Convention Centre, The New Times has learnt.

Vicky Murabukirwa, the Managing Director of Duval Great Lakes Ltd told this publication that construction activities could start by the end of 2020 once businesses operating in the buildings have relocated.

“It is a huge multi-billion project but I can’t reveal the cost now since we are in final studies of the total cost to be spent on the whole project. The project will be implemented on 26,000 square metres where green technologies will also be integrated,” he said.

The move, he said, is in line with Rwanda’s vision towards being climate-resilient and low carbon economy by 2050 and green building principles set up by Rwanda Housing Authority. More


Rwanda : Ministers inspect new model village, other projects in Nyagatare

Five ministers on Saturday, June 13, visited Gishuro IDP Model Village in Tabagwe Sector, Nyagatare District, in a visit inspecting several projects that are expected to be inaugurated on Liberation Day, July 4.

The cabinet members are Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, Minister of Infrastructure, Claver Gatete and Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Albert Murasira.

Present was also Minister of Education, Dr Valentine Uwamariya and State Minister in Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze.

The model village visited by the officials nears completion, and will be home to 64 vulnerable families. The village is 19km from Nyagatare City. More


Rwanda : FEATURED: Engineers’ body urges govt to be more strict on building standards

The Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER) has called upon government to raise awareness and be more stringent in enforcing the quality of public buildings and observance of construction standards in general.

The call was made after the a one-week inspection of buildings around the City of Kigali, which was conducted by a joint team of the City of Kigali officials and the Institution of Engineers Rwanda.

The inspection, which is done randomly on both already operating buildings and construction sites, found out that one of the most critical problems is lack of awareness of the laws among commercial real estate projects, mainly by local developers.More


Rwanda : Parliament Recommends RHA To Revisit Genocide Survivors’ Housing Standards

In 2013 a private contractor was tendered to build 15 houses for genocide survivors in Sumbure village, Kanazi cell, Nyamata Sector in Bugesera district, each estimated  about Rwf12 million.

The contractor (Dieudonne Uwizeyimana) constructed the houses to the roofing level but left half of them incomplete with no doors, windows and non-plastered walls inside the rooms, let alone the incomplete outside kitchens and toilets.

Bugesera district officials back then reported that the entrepreneur breached the contract requirements as a result of lack of financial capacity.More


Rwanda : MPs Identify 61 Unfunded Projects In Next Budget

The Rwanda Parliament has asked the government to consider soliciting funding for major socio-economic projects that will not be able to get a budget line as a result of the economic effects of coronavirus.

The lawmakers made the call today during a review of budget inputs in next fiscal year’s draft budgets F2020-21 and 2022-23.

This comes after the parliament’s economic and budget committee showed that the government will face difficulties raising money to finance socio-economic activities and projects as a result of the projected drop in internal revenues largely caused by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

The parliament said that though the economy is expected to grow higher by another 2%, a parliament report showed that the existing budget will not be able to finance all the planned projects.More


Rwanda : Rwanda Lays A Foundation Stone Of 22,000 New Classrooms

The government has started construction of 22,505 primary, secondary, and vocational institutions classrooms to improve the students – teacher ration in September when the next academic year starts.

The classrooms to be completed in three months are expected to improve student to teacher ratio to an average of 1:45 in both primary and secondary schools. Today in primary school, the ratio is 59:1 for primary and 26:1 for secondary.

Construction works started on June 1, 2020, across the thirty (30) districts of the country with vital contribution of the community.

In the teachers’ recruitment plan for 2020, Rwanda Education Board (REB) says 7,214 new professional teachers would be recruited to improve students to teachers ratio and cater for the new classrooms being constructed to decongest existing ones.More


Rwanda : The need for more classrooms post-COVID-19

Restarting the academic year at the same time receiving new students will require more classrooms to deal with congestion, officials say.

Government has shifted the beginning of the academic year to September from January following the prolonged schools closure due to COVID-19 effects.

Starting this year, all schools will begin the first term in September. The new directive is for primary and secondary education

This implies that students are going to double, especially in primary one as new children will join primary school.

If nothing is done, the classrooms could get more congested than before. More


Rwanda : Cimerwa Introduces New Brand On Market

Rwanda’s sole cement factory (CIMERWA PPC) has rebranded all its cement products introducing one more new cement brand (SureWall) that is essentially meant for simple home repair works.

In the rebranding, Cimerwa said that its cement packages will be branded as “SURE”, a brand name that is now replacing the Sima Nyarwanda brands that have been identified only by grades for some years since South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) producer took over Cimerwa in 2012.

The newest product brand on the market, SUREWALL (a 22.5N grade)is purposely meant for as a masonry cement designed for plastering and brick joinery, according to Cimerwa,

“It will relieve Rwandans cement users from using the 32.5N grade for masonry works and instead use the right and appropriate cement for this purpose” . More


Rwanda : FARG in Rwf19 billion shortfall for Genocide survivors’ housing needs

The Fund for Support to Genocide Survivors (FARG) is facing a Rwf19 billion shortfall in it budget to be able to renovate over 1,600 houses for survivors.

The revelation was made by Theophile Ruberangeyo, the Director General of the fund at a time the country is marking the 26th commemoration of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“If we get Rwf19 billion in the next fiscal year, all survivors’ dilapidated houses we have on the list could be immediately renovated”.

The fund needs of Rwf31 billion under 2019/2020 fiscal year to renovate over 2,100 houses. However, Ruberangeyo said that only Rwf12 billion was allocated to the shelter programme this fiscal year.

“80 per cent of the old houses will be pulled down and build new houses,” he explained, adding that one house is constructed at Rwf12 million. More


Rwanda : How has sports infrastructure changed face after 26 years?

The sports sector is one of the areas that were hugely devastated by 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Hundreds of key players in this sector, and hundreds of thousands of fans across different disciplines are known to have lost their lives during the atrocities.

Sport plays a significant role in the development of communities; it brings people together to interact, play and engage in conversations that build social harmony. Sports positively impacts social development and economic sustainability; empower people and teach leadership and citizenship skills while inculcating cooperation toward shared goals.

Twenty-six years later, the government has invested hefty sums in a number of measures to see that a peaceful society is built. And, the sports industry was not left behind.

Infrastructure is crucial in the development of any sport. Times Sport takes a look at some of the major infrastructures – in the sports domain – established in the post-1994 era.

Kigali Arena

Last August, Rwanda celebrated the opening of the magnificent Kigali Arena after being constructed in just six months. At 10,000-seat capacity, it is billed as the biggest indoor sports facility in the Eastern and Central Africa and among top ten on the continent. More


Rwanda : Rwanda, Germany Sign €52.1million For Urban Development, Job Creation

Rwanda and Germany have signed a financing agreement worth more than €52.1million (Rwf53billion) to support sustainable urban development, decentralization and promotion of growth and export-oriented small and medium size business.

The agreement, electronically signed on Monday between Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana and the Germany Ambassador to Rwanda Dr. Thomas Kurz, is also expected to bring hope to small export business that have been affected by the global coronavirus epidemic.

The financing agreement will contribute towards Rwanda’s priority areas such as decentralization and good governance, employment creation as well as green development which will contribute to the achievement of Rwanda’s long term development goals.

The grant agreement will promote growth and export oriented SMEs with additional € 14.1 million (Rwf14.2billion), and urban development with an additional €20 million (Rwf20.3billion), while decentralization and good governance will get an additional €18 million (Rwf18.3billion). More


Rwanda : Rubavu district to get Rwf7bn taxi park

Passengers travelling to and from Rubavu District can now breathe a sigh of relief after the district management endorsed a project to build a Rwf7bn modern Taxi Park in Rubavu City centre, one of the six secondary cities.

The new Taxi Park, according to officials, is a sustainable remedy to congestion that has characterized the current bus terminal which was also dilapidated.

The project was recently approved by Rubavu District Advisory Council which awarded the tender to Jali Holdings Group.

The district stake will be a plot of land where the park will be built, as per the advisory council’s resolutions. More


Rwanda : 180 families finally relocated from city slum

The Government through Gasabo District on Friday relocated about 182 households who were living in a city slum commonly referred to as ‘Bannyahe’, an area that district officials say is marked as a high risk zone.

Those who were relocated by the district were living in Kangondo II.  More


Burundi :Burundi Stops Illegal Hotel On Shores of Lake Tanganyika

Burundi government officials secretly stormed Lake Tanganyika coastline and forcefully stopped ongoing construction of a massive hotel that has been at the Centre of land wrangles in the zone.

According to reports by the National broadcaster RTNB, the Director General of Regional Planning Omer Niyonkuru carried out a work visit to the Rumonge province on Tuesday.

The purpose of the raid was to verify whether the information circulating on social networks that the coast of Lake Tanganyika was sold to third parties in violation of the law.

Government officials found that SAVONOR Company had coerced the local population to sell to their land at what has been described as very cheap prices moreover issuing threats.

“They told them that if they did not accept this proposal, the devices would destroy their homes,” said the Director General of Regional Planning. More


Rwanda : Women in construction: What is behind the numbers?

International Women’s Day on March 8 is all about understanding gender equality and diversity – especially in the workforce. It is not the day to celebrate women’s superiority to men, as is often misunderstood, but rather recognises the importance of gender diversity and equality in all sectors of a nation’s economic growth.

The theory that women are not as capable contributors to the workforce has long since been debunked. In Rwanda, the theory has been turned to practice and evidently, women are active in many areas otherwise viewed as men’s domains. And yes, they do excel and make headlines news. More


Rwanda : Over 1,000 households to be evacuated from high-risk zones in Kigali

As Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicts heavy rains that are likely to cause serious hazards, the City of Kigali authorities have said that they are set to urgently relocate more than 11,000 families dwelling in disaster-prone areas.

City authorities disclosed on Monday, March 9, at a news conference that the exercise will cost Rwf80 million, mainly to cater for two months of rent for those relocated.

Pudence Rubingisa, the Mayor of the City of Kigali, said that a city-wide assessment is ongoing to identify vulnerable households and relocate them to safer habitats. More


Rwanda : How green economy efforts will promote sustainability

Environmental consciousness and sustainability have become priority among the general population.

Firm steps have in the past been made in terms of direction of investments and the exploitation of resources – all in a bid to enhance a balanced environment.

But with green economy, how does the world stand to be sustainable?

A green economy can be thought of as an alternative vision for growth and development; one that can generate growth and improvement in people’s lives in ways consistent with sustainable development.More


Rwanda : Earthbag Technology, A New Term In Affordable Housing

There is a global affordable housing crisis, according to the World Economic Forum. For less wealthy nations, a mix of creative solutions is essential, if they are to get anywhere near meeting the ever growing demand.

A newly-formed company, Affordable Human Needs (AHN), brings the intriguingly named Earthbag Technology into the Rwandan house construction  market place.

Earthbag technology was developed in the wake of the devastating Nepal disaster of 2015, as a way of constructing affordable housing, that could withstand earthquakes. More


Rwanda : Nipped In The Bud: Spectre Of Corruption And Inefficiency To Be Scaled Back With Radical Administrative Changes In Kigali City Affairs

t was widely feared that Kigali city was fast turning into a den of corruption just like any other African city.

Over the course of several years, there has been reports of cases of frustrated city investors failing to attain construction permits.

Kigali city investors, it was reported, talked in hushed tones of demands by city officers for hefty bribes before their requests for construction permits could be considered.

That was just part of the story. More


Rwanda : Standard And Poor’s Maintains Rwanda’s Rating At B+; Outlook Stable

Standard and Poors (S&P), a global credit rating agency maintained Rwanda’s Sovereign Rating at B+, outlook stable.

According to a statement released on Friday, February 7, 2020, S&P stated that the ratings on Rwanda are supported by above-average growth trends compared with peers, which are underpinned by the government’s track record of delivering inclusive growth through state-financed projects and broader macroeconomic initiatives.

S&P forecast continued high real GDP growth primarily driven by public investment, pointing out that it would likely result in higher fiscal deficits and rising government debt levels.

However, the rating agency noted that a large portion of the higher fiscal deficits will be funded through concessional sources with long maturities, keeping funding costs low. More


Rwanda : China, Rwanda Sign $214M Financing Agreement For Nyabarongo Power Project

The People’s Republic of China on Friday, February 8, signed a financing agreement worth US$ 214 million to fund construction of Nyabarongo II Hydro Power Project.

The framework agreement will allow China, through China Exim Bank to extend a concessional loan worth US$ 214 million that will facilitate the construction of Nyabarongo II Hydropower Project.

Nyabarongo II Hydropower Project will have three components: 43.5 MW Hydro power plant, a Substation and 110KV transmission line covering 19.2 km from the Power Plant to Rulindo sub-station. More


Rwanda : New international construction technology enters Rwandan

Rwandans are set to benefit from low cost-housing made out of a new construction technology “Earthbag”, that is currently used in different countries in Asia, USA and Europe.

Earthbag construction (building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials) is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars.

Affordable Human Needs, an American-based firm with African Headquarters in Rwanda, is leading the project with the main focus of facilitating Rwandan low-income earners to own their own homes.More


Rwanda : Rwanda to host regional centre of excellence on vaccines

“prior to the construction, a competition for the architectural design of the facility was launched where four companies qualified out of six that had applied and were invited to tender for architectural design competition,” said Jean d’Amour Habagusenga, More


Rwanda : Heroes Day: Rwamagana inaugurates 150 houses for needy families

Florida Mukanyangezi, 46, has been living with her husband in a rented house for more than 15 years in Cyinyana Cell, Gishari Sector in Rwamagana District.

At some point in her life, she was not able to pay rent anymore, and Gishari Sector paid rent for the disadvantaged family for more than a year, before they listed them as people who were in need of their own houses.

Mukanyangezi and her family are one of 159 needy families across 14 Rwamagana District sectors who on National Heroes Day were given houses. Most of the houses were constructed by residents through the monthly community work known as Umuganda.

“It is so significant to get a home on Heroes’ Day,” Mukanyangezi said, “When RPF Inkotanyi liberated Kigali [in 1994], they spoke on Radio Rwanda that, ‘Rwandans should get back to their homes, what we want is unity, peace and security,’” she recalls. More


Rwanda : Kigali Green City Project receives Rwf 10B investment

The Kigali Green City project has received its first capital injection from the German Government through KFW Development Bank worth €10 million (Approximately Rwf 10 billion).

The German envoy to Rwanda Thomas Kurz and the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Uzziel Ndagijimana signed an agreement approving the financing on Friday 31st January.

This is Germany’s first capital injection into the venture with another €20 million expected in the coming days.

The Green City Kigali is a model green city to be developed on 620ha in Kinyinya Sector, Gasabo District at an estimated $1.5 billion.

The model city will be a pilot project in green urbanization and will serve to establish the viability of green cities in Rwanda and possible replication across the country. More


Rwanda : Religious bodies donate land for 11,000 classrooms

Faith-based organisations have donated land to government where thousands of classrooms are to be constructed beginning this academic year.

The clerics and representatives of the Ministry of Education, announced this after an official consent form signing yesterday in Kigali.

The development is a response to the recently signed $200 million (180bn) project between the World Bank and the Government that is expected to advance quality of education through a wide range of interventions including constructing more classrooms.

During the event, officials also argued that availing land will help to address overcrowding in schools, long distances made by students to school, shortage of extra-curricular activities resources, and high student-to-teacher ratio among other factors that affect education quality. More


Rwanda : Government to develop a sports hub in Remera

The Ministry of Infrastructure has revealed that at least 35 hectares in Remera, in which Amahoro National Stadium and Kigali Arena are located will get a facelift so as to produce Remera Sports Hub.

At a press conference on January 29, Amb.Claver Gatete, the Minister for Infrastructure said activities to upgrade the area into a Modern Sports Center are expected to start this year.

He added that after the construction of Kigali Arena which complies with international standards, the surrounding facilities will get a facelift and be turned into a Sports Hub.

Kigali Arena, is an indoor stadium, which has a sitting capacity of about 10,000 people and is among Africa’s top 10 indoor sports venues and the biggest in East Africa. It has been used for the Basketball Africa League Qualifiers and music concerts since it was constructed last year.More


Rwanda : Kayonza upgrades main Genocide memorial site

Preparations to rebury victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Kayonza District is well underway as upgrading of Mukarange Genocide Memorial nears completion.

According to the district mayor, Jean Claude Murenzi, the site, which will have the capacity to hold the remains of 40,000 victims, cost more than Rwf234 million.

Murenzi said upgrading the memorial site was in last fiscal year’s targets, but bringing in other necessary things was planned for the current year.

“We have finished preparing bodies for reburial, we are now in the process of buying coffins, and reburying the bodies in the new site,” he explained.

Didace Ndindabahizi, chairperson of Ibuka, an umbrella organisation of Genocide survivors’ associations in the district, told The New Times that the works are in three phases, the first being construction of the site’s main building where victims will be reburied.More


Rwanda : 80-year old Ruhengeri Referral Hospital to get Rwf30bn facelift

Ruhengeri Referral Hospital will effective next month start undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade which will see almost all the structures of the hospital rebuilt from scratch.

The hospital was too old, having been built in 1939 during colonial era.

The facility was too dilapidated especially the section of patients’ wards and medics’ offices, a situation which many patients have partly blamed for the endemic poor service delivery.

The hospital is located in Musanze town centre and it is both a referral facility and the only district hospital in the district and it serves a population of over 400,000 with 16 health Centers.

The upgrade has been in pipeline for a number of years now, according to officials.More


Rwanda : Real estate players seek govt support

Ten per cent of the Kigali city’s commercial real estate developers are seeking government’s intervention to improve the viability of their projects, industry players heard yesterday.

This was revealed during a public lecture organised by the City of Kigali under the theme, ‘the dynamics of the commercial real estate market in Kigali’.

During the event, that brought together city authorities and stakeholders in the real estate sector, among others, a survey that was carried out on the real estate market within Kigali was presented.

The survey was carried out by local think tank, the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda).

Dickson Malunda, a Senior Research Fellow at IPAR-Rwanda, told the participants that the survey carried out late last year indicates that though 77 per cent of the respondents had faith in the medium and long-term viability of the commercial real estate sector, 11 per cent did not find it viable while 10 per cent felt that there was potential, but only with government policy support.More


Rwanda : Why government extended land registration deadline

Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) has extended the deadline for land registration from January 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020, citing various factors that led many to miss the initial deadline.

In the announcement, the Authority said the extra time came after realising that the land that was registered within the initial three-month period was more than 72,500 plots, which is far less than over 1.47 million plots of land that are not yet recorded.

Of such land which is not yet registered to their respective owners, a large part is found in Southern Province with more than 497,000 plots, followed by Western Province which accounts for over 393,000 plots.

Northern Province comes in third position with more than 297,000 plots, Eastern Province with above 253,000 plots, while the City of Kigali of Kigali has slightly over 30,000 plots.

The Authority explained that the challenges that hindered the progress include requests of people who indicated difficulties they faced in line with meeting the requirements to register their land.More


Rwanda : Catholic Church to build Cathedral at 1930 Prison

After years of speculation about what next for the premises formerly occupied by Nyarugenge Prison, popularly known as ‘1930’ the expansive prime property is set to accommodate what could be the country’s biggest Catholic cathedral.

Located in Kigali’s Central Business District, the facility is one of the oldest buildings in Kigali and among the oldest prisons in the country, having been built some 90 years ago – in 1930.

The Kigali Catholic cathedral, which is also the seat of Kigali Archdiocese, in currently at St Michel Church in Kiyovu, which is old and relatively small.

The last group of inmates from the ‘1930’ prison were relocated from the historical prison in July 2018 to the new Mageragere correctional facility slightly away from the bustle and hassle of the CBD.

This left the prime 5.5 hectare piece of land open for  re-developement.
The City of Kigali’s Director of Kigali Urban Planning and Construction One Stop Centre, Fred Mugisha told The New Times on Wednesday that though the plan is still in its initial stages, the Catholic Church had been given a go ahead to develop a concept.More


Rwanda : Taxation: Know how much you’ll pay for your plot of land

A newly released Ministerial Order has set standard rates and criteria to determine the tax rate applicable to plots of land, in accordance with the law determining the sources of revenue and property of decentralised entities.

The law, that was passed in 2018, had sparked controversy that culminated in a petition by lawyer Edward Murangwa, who challenged some of its provisions.

As a result, article 19 of the law was invalidated by the Supreme Court because it was found to be against the Constitution’s provision on equal treatment of people.

It stipulated an additional 50 per cent tax on land in excess of the standard plot size of 300 square meters, and at the same time provided that such additional tax rate does not apply to land acquired before the commencement of the law. More


Rwanda : Nyagatare to get new hospital

Nyagatare District is set to inaugurate a new Rwf4billion Gatunda Hospital by the end of this fiscal yearafter two years of construction.

Nyagatare, which is the largest district in the country has 14 sectors and a population of around 700,000 population but had only one hospital. More


Rwanda : Rwanda’s macroeconomic performance strong, IMF says

According to the IMF, growth continues to beat expectations, averaging 10.3 per cent in the first half of 2019, on the back of a booming construction sector, robust activity in services, and healthy agricultural output.

As a result, the 2019 growth projection was revised up from 7.8 to 8.5 per cent, with strong upside risk – especially given the recently released GDP figures suggesting that the economy grew in double digits in the third quarter. More


Rwanda : Weather agency warns of ‘above average’ rain

Southwestern Rwanda is predicted to receive more rains in the first three months of the year than the previous years, according to the latest national seasonal forecast.

The outlook, released recently by Rwanda Meteorology Agency, covers January through March, an important period for farmers.

It forecasts “a chance of above-normal and normal rains over most parts of the country.”

“The national climate outlook for January to March 2020 season indicates that northwestern and southwestern parts of the country are likely to experience slightly enhanced rainfall (above average),” reads a part of the report.

The forecast warns of rainfall ranging between 400-500 millimetres expected in districts of Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru. More


Rwanda : King Faisal Hospital to get $20m facelift

King Faisal Hospital is undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade which is expected to cost an estimated $20 million.

The upgrade has been on the pipeline for a number of years and was expected to kick off during the previous management under Oshen Group, whose contract government terminated last year in April.

The upgrade will include the construction of a Doctor’s Plaza block with 45 outpatient consultation rooms (on the left from the entrance) and an Education and Research Centre (on the right from the entrance). More


Rwanda : Electricity tariffs increased for residential consumers, industries

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) on Tuesday increased power tariffs for large residential customers and industries but slashed tariffs for healthcare facilities and data centres.

The tariff for healthcare facilities has been revised from Rwf192 per kilowatt hour (KWh) to Rwf186 per KWh, a reduction of 3 per cent in new tariffs that will come into effect next week on Tuesday.

The regulator said evaluation conducted showed that large healthcare facilities have equipment that consume more power than small industries, which informed the reduction.

RURA Director General Patrick Nyirishema said on Tuesday that this will have an effect on the way healthcare services are provided. More


Rwanda : Rwanda’s Kibeho holy land to get 10,000-seater basilica

Feasibility studies and design have been completed and if everything goes according to plan, Rwanda’s pilgrimage site of Kibeho in Nyaruguru district will have a new basilica with a seating capacity of 10,000.

Speaking to The New Times on Sunday, Francois Habitegeko, the Mayor of Nyaruguru, said that they expect the new basilica to be complete by November 2021, when the holy site marks it’s 40 anniversary.

Habitegeko said that engineers have already presented the design to the Catholic Church and the district authorities.

The construction works for the facility are estimated to cost up to $70 million (Rwf64bn). More


Rwanda : Local Investors Take 19% Share Of $2.46Bn Investments Made In 2019

Rwanda has released figures for investments registered in the country last year, which shows local investors still have a long way to increase the pace in an economy that is steadily growing.

According to figures released by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) – the custodian of the country’s investments, $2.46 billion worth investments were registered last year up from $ 2.01 billion in 2018 – representing an increase of 22.6%.

RDB said local investors took 19% of the investments share, while foreign investors represented 37%. Joint ventures between foreign and local investors accounted for 44% of the investments.

Energy and manufacturing accounted for 75% of all investments registered (45% and 30% respectively), RDB said. More


Rwanda : Rwanda to set up green bank to finance climate investments

Government is set to facilitate the creation of a financial institution in Rwanda that will be solely dedicated to funding projects that promote climate change resilience.

The development was first announced during the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change which was held in Spain recently.

Speaking to The New Times on Monday, Doreen Nakure, a communication specialist at Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA), said that the Fund has already contracted experts who will come up with a clear picture of how the bank will look like. More


Rwanda : Over 220 needy families given houses in Gatsibo

It was a sigh of relief for 227 homeless families in Ubudehe Category One across 14 sectors of Gatsibo District after receiving new houses on Friday.

Ubudehe programme is a socio-economic initiative where Rwandans are classified based on their economic status.

The programme, currently has four categories – from the first where the poorest members of society belong to the fourth where the wealthiest belong – helps the government to better align services to citizens.

In the presence of Local Government Minister, Prof. Shyaka Anastase, and other officials at the inauguration event in Marimba Cell, Kabarore Sector, some of the beneficiaries said that they had spent more than two decades without homes. More


Rwanda : City high-risk zone evacuations explained

The stretch from La Palisse Nyandugu, through Cumi na Gatanu and Cumi n’Icyenda, along the Kigali-Kayonza highway, will never be the same.

Since Saturday, the small residential houses and shops that lined the road are being razed by the City of Kigali, in a move authorities say is aimed at protecting residents from dire consequences of the heavy rains that continue to pound the country.

At the site, the men demolishing houses casually share stories and jokes, their voices sometimes growing loud enough to mask the falling walls. More


Rwanda : Seventy households in Musanze evacuated from high risk zones

At least 70 households in Musanze District have been relocated to schools as local authorities move to protect them from potential landslides during this rainy season.

The evacuation comes just a week after the landslides hit Muko, Kimonyi and Nkotsi sectors, burying 16 homes in the process and destroying acres of plantations mainly beans, banana, maize and Irish potato among others.

In a move to safeguard people from similar disasters, the district decided to relocate those believed to be vulnerable to landslides.  More


Rwanda : Ten things we know about the Rwanda-Qatar Airways deal

Rwanda and Qatar Airways on Monday signed three agreements that saw the two parties set up a joint venture to build, own, and operate the proposed international airport in Bugesera District.

It is the same facility that has been under construction under the name Bugesera International Airport but now a new name will be communicated in the coming days, according to officials. More


Rwanda : Rusumo project: Energy ministers want power plant completion before 2021

Although the progress of construction works of 80MW Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP) are at 59 percent, Ministers in charge of Energy in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania have rejected the suggestion of the contractors that it will be completed in July 2021.

On Friday, Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete, Burundi’s Minister for Energy, Eng. Come Manirakiza, and Tanzania’s Energy Minister, Dr Medard Kalemani,  visited the project located on the River Akagera, at the border between Rwanda and Tanzania, and about 25 kilometres from Burundi. More


Rwanda : Music museum’s construction works underway

A new museum designed to showcase Rwandan music is in the works, and construction activities  are expected to kick off in February, 2020. The music museum, the aits, galleries and artifacts all designed to display Rwandan traditional musical instruments.

Speaking with Saturday Times in an interview, Abdul Makanyaga, a renowned traditional musician, said the museum is among the areas that would contribute to Rwanda’s development.  More


Rwanda : CIMERWA records 20 per cent increase in sales

CIMERWA, the country’s leading cement business player, has registered a 20 per cent year on year increase in its sales volumes, attributed to its plant maintenance and upgrade in 2018.

Last year, Cimerwa produced only 364,864 tons of cement – less than 60 per cent of the total demand which saw the construction industry grapple with a shortage in supplies that saw a nearly 50 per cent increase in prices in some parts of the country. The country imported 318,854 tons to meet the demand of 640,455 tons, according to the statistics from the National Bank of Rwanda. More


Rwanda : Green city project to offer free houses to destitute residents

At least 10 per cent of housing units to be constructed in a model green city in Kinyinya sector of Gasabo district will be offered to destitute residents from 1st and 2nd Ubudehe categories, according to Rwanda Green Fund.

The announcement was made during special Umuganda Community work in Kinyinya sector where the city will be set up.

Ubudehe programme is a socio-economic initiative where Rwandans are classified based on their economic status. The programme, currently classified under four categories—from the first where the poorest members of society belong to the fourth where the wealthiest belong—helps the government to better align services to citizens. More


Rwanda : Processing Construction Permits Made Easier

According to the World Bank Doing Business report-2020, Rwanda is highly ranked 35th globally in starting a business with a 93.2% score.

Anyone interested in starting a business in Rwanda goes through 5 procedures and would obtain certificate of registration within a period of between hours and four days, according to the current Doing Business report.

According to the World Bank, the ranking of economies on the ease of starting a business is determined by sorting their scores for starting a business. These scores are the simple average of the scores for each of the component indicators. More


Rwanda : New Kigali master plan halts relocation of slum dwellers

The revised City of Kigali Master Plan will discourage the relocation of slum dwellers and only exceptions will be made where those slums are built in areas that are prone to disasters and will therefore endanger people’s lives, according to officials.

Houses in rundown neighborhoods will no longer be demolished to pave way for upscale housing as previously dictated by the 2013 version of the master plan.

The new master plan which is expected to be launched next month (December) will provide an option of home owners in slum dwellings to upgrade their houses to decent standards but in accordance with their financial means.

When the master plan was being drafted in May 2019, Jean Runuya, the chairperson of Rwanda Architects’ Association said that, previously, the master plan was only looked at as a tool to relocate citizens from high-risk zones and not in its broader context, which was counterproductive in the end. More


Rwanda : Nyamata Hospital gets Rwf82.9m funding for upgrade

Nearly half a million people in Bugesera District will no longer have to lineup in long queues for medical services at Nyamata Hospital by the end of this fiscal year in June 2020 thanks to funding from Japan to upgrade the hospital facility.

The relief was disclosed as the Director-General of Nyamata Hospital, Dr William Rutagengwa, signed a grant agreement with the Japanese embassy in Rwanda.

The signing of the Rwf82.9-million-grant agreement took place on Tuesday, November 19.

During the signing, Dr Rutagengwa expressed his relief.

“By June 2020, Nyamata Hospital will have a new treatment building to facilitate healthcare operations. This will ease and quicken our services to an increasing demographic environment of the hospital’s operating region,” he said.

Nyamata Hospital is the only polyclinic in the whole district and it, therefore, receives a high number of patients beyond its capacity. It serves 448,142 residents of Bugesera district.

The new building will have two operating rooms, a preparation room, a patient’s waiting room, offices and storages. “The hospital needed to upgrade,” adds Dr Rutagengwa. More


Rwanda : BRD to issue cheaper loans to first-time homeowners

Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) in collaboration with Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) has launched a scheme that seeks to provide cheaper mortgages to Rwandans on their first house purchase.

The project known as the Rwanda Housing Financing Project promises cheaper mortgages and longer duration of payment. More


Rwanda : IFP Group announces entry into Rwanda

The International Fairs and Promotions (IFP) Group, one of the largest organisers of trade exhibitions in the Middle East, has announced its debut on the local market.

The firm, which works in five countries in the Middle East, is organising its first international trade exhibition for construction materials and equipment in the country.

Tony Ghattas, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, told the press that they were moving to facilitate businesses to access broader markets.

“We are extending our presence in this region with ‘Project Africa – Rwanda’ to provide a strategic International platform to access the local and regional markets,” he said.

Ghattas says he has been visiting Rwanda for the past 11 years and has been thinking about what he can do for the country. More


Rwanda : Rwanda To Host “Construction” Exhibition That Will Create 90,000 Jobs

From November 3-5 next year, Rwanda will host the International Fairs and Promotions (IFP) that will attract 10,000 exhibitors and create 90,000 jobs during this period.

The IFP is a pioneering trade fair and event organizer in the Middle East, with an impressive track record of over 500 successful events to date, spanning diverse industries in the region.

It operates in Lebanon, Iraq, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, where it provides a fundamental gateway to Middle East and North Africa markets.

This is the second biggest gathering announced to be hosted by Rwanda after the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) that will take place next month. More


Rwanda : Ngoma Stadium to be completed in Jan. 2020

construction works on the proposed Ngoma Stadium are 90 per cent complete and the facility is expected to be completed by January 2020, Ngoma District officials have said.

The facility is among three artificial turf stadia being constructed in Eastern Province, with the two in Nyagatare and Bugesera; all of them part of President Paul Kagame’s pledge to the people of the three districts to bring sports facilities closer to them.

Nyagatare and Bugesera, however, could not readily specify the status of the works by press time Friday.

The stadiums, which have a capacity of 3,500 seats, and cost of $9 million each, are being built by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), a Chinese construction company that funded the projects on loans that will be paid back by the districts in a period of five years. More


Rwanda : Why IMF raised Rwanda’s economic growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund has revised Rwanda’s economic growth projections to 8.5 per cent from 7.8 per cent.

While winding up their two-week mission in Kigali, officials from IMF said that economic activity in the first half of the year had outpaced expectations with real Gross Domestic Product growing by 10.3 per cent in the first half of the year.

With the second half of the year still fast-paced, the IMF projects that growth will be higher than was projected.

“The uptick in construction reflects both public infrastructure projects and private investment. Growth is expected to remain strong, 8.5 per cent in 2019 and around 8 per cent for the next 2 or 3 years,” Laure Redifer the mission’s chief noted. More


Rwanda : City of Kigali vows to repossess unexploited prime land property

The City of Kigali has insisted that it will go ahead with a controversial plan to confiscate plots of land in the Central Business District and along strategic corridors it says have been lying idle for more than three years despite several warnings to the owners.

The decision, first announced Monday by the City vice Mayor for Urbanisation and Infrastructure, Ernest Nsabimana, has been reiterated by other City Hall officials who spoke to The New Times on Wednesday.

According to the Director of Kigali Construction and Urban Planning One Stop Centre, Fred Mugisha, the planned repossession will – for now – affect some 60 landowners who have repeatedly ignored formal notices to the effect that failure to develop the land property in question could lead to confiscation.

Twenty of these, he said, had hitherto been served with final formal notices and were thus in the red zone. More


Rwanda : Why Chinese Engineering Companies Sign Rwanda’s Big Cheques

You have seen several big projects all over Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The city is growing so fast – from smallest structures to the tallest – to the widest. Kigali is showing progress.

Driving around Kigali streets, new roads are coming up. Tarmac roads. Outside the capital, roads and bigger infrastructure projects are taking shape. No wonder, the country’s huge budget has been dedicated to infrastructural development – a case of the recently announced 2019-2020 budget.

According to the 2019/2020’s Rwf2.8 trillion budget, Infrastructure leads the country’s list of top six expenditure priorities – with a colossal Rwf551, 1 billion ($600 million) allocated to the sector. More


Rwanda : Gov’t Issues Double Rwf15 Billion Bonds For End Of Year

Rwanda’s Central Bank (BNR) is set to issue two bonds consecutively with a chance for potential investors to tap into both.

One of the bonds will be for three (3) years and another for seven (7) years, worth Rwf15billion ($16.149 million) each. Central Bank announced that both bonds will be issued at an interest (subject to 5% withholding tax) to the year 2020 on competitive and non-competitive bids worth a minimum of Rwf50m and Rwf100,000 respectively.

The market will be open from Monday 18th to Wednesday and close on 20th November 2019, the Central Bank said in a recent public communiqué, adding that investors can bid in one or both bonds.

So far, 21 bonds (worth billion francs) in total have been rolled out to the public since 2014 when the government took a firm commitment to issue bonds on a quarterly basis with various maturities periods ranging from five, seven, ten, fifteen and recently introducing a 20-year lifespan bond.

The issuances were aimed at financing the country’s major infrastructure projects such as the construction and upgrade of the Bugesera and Kigali International airports, road networks, among others. More


Rwanda : Database to rid building sector of unskilled casual workers

The Rwanda Housing Authority is seeking to have all casual labourers registered before they can offer their services, as part of plans to boost quality and stamp out corruption in the construction sector.


Rwanda : High demand to raise cost of construction materials

The price of construction materials is likely to increase in the coming months due to increasing demand, raising the cost of housing.

This is partly attributed to new tariffs introduced on quarry operators by local districts.

Quarry operators increased costs by between Rwf10,000 and Rwf25,000 per truck ferrying building materials such as bricks, gravel, sand and stones after districts placed new user charges and fees on quarry operators last month. more


Rwanda : UK firm to build Rwf14bn mineral factory in Rwanda

A British mining company Metalysis UK has announced that by next year, it will have completed the construction of a USD16m (approximately Rwf14.7bn) refinery for tantalum in Rwanda.

The refinery construction is expected to start before the end of this year, according to Ray Power, the Chief Executive of Metalysis UK, who said the completion is expected around mid-next year.

The plant is expected to have a processing capacity of 120 tonnes of concentrate per month. It will be located in Bugesera District, Eastern Province. more


Rwanda : Mechanical engineer presents solution to reduce cost of construction

Gaitan Rucyahana is a mechanical engineer who has always wanted to introduce innovation that would lower housing prices in Rwanda.

He had no doubt that expensive housing materials were the leading cause of the high-cost housing prices.

Having seen the concept of constructing using interlock bricks in Mauritius, he wanted to try it back home.

 He endeavored to make a machine to produce interlock bricks. This took him about 10 days. more


Rwanda : EGC Construction Company Gets ISO 9001 Certification

The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) on Monday issued an ISO 9001 certification to Enterprise General Construction Company (EGC).

EGC Construction Company has been involved in various infrastructure projects around Kigali city including an extension wing at the Ministry of Finance home.

In more simple terms, this ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system (“QMS”). In order to be certified to the ISO 9001 standard, a company must follow the requirements set forth in the ISO 9001 Standard.

This standard is used by organizations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements and to demonstrate continuous improvement.

However, there are several different documents in the ISO 9000 family of standards, but ISO 9001 is the only standard in the 9000 series that requires certification. more


Rwanda : Crackdown On Churches Could Resume

The Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka has hinted on possibilities of conducting another phase of closing down incomplete or substandard Church buildings if need be.

The minister’s warning comes after churches have had a break from crackdown on illegal structures and church buildings that were earlier used as places of worship.

“We pray from clean places so that our God, whom we share as church and government, can listen to our prayers. That’s why we share the desire to have proper churches and even collaborate in putting padlocks on some that don’t meet our standards,” Shyaka said hinting on the possibility that there are some churches that have more work to do.

Prof. Shyaka was this Sunday, October 27, 2019, speaking at an event to mark 25 years of the Lutheran church in Rwanda. More


Rwanda : Rwandans Endure Heavy Downpour To Participate In Umuganda

Minister Mukeshimana and other leaders joined residents of Kinigi sector to construct two houses for the victims of the attack.

In Eastern part of Rwanda, Local Government Minister Prof Anastase Shyaka joined Governor Fred Mufulukye and Kayonza district residents to construct houses for the needy communities. more


Rwanda : The New Three Hundred-Bed Nyarugenge Hospital And How It Will Save Lives

The 120 beds (phase one ) of the modern facility is expected to be completed before end of this year  – coming in as a huge burden – reliever for the 101 year-old University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) – whose capacity had recently been overpowered by huge numbers of patients. more


Rwanda : ILO rolls out training for informal sector workers

International Labour Organisation (ILO) has completed the first phase of a four-year programme that seeks to improve both the skills and working conditions of workers in the informal sector in Rwanda.

The first cohort of the trainees comprised 150 workers in the paint and coating subsector who completed their training in Kigali yesterday.

The $4m-programme, dubbed, “Promoting Decent Work in Rwanda’s Informal Economy”, seeks to train some 3,000 people in tailoring and construction sectors.

The idea is to upgrading skills and address issues that undermine the safety and performance of workers in the informal sector in partnership with employers. more


Rwanda : 30 Ethiopian Companies Want Deals In Rwanda

MeklitAbdella, general manager of Queen Nyabinghi has identified sectors with potential attractability including; manufacturing, real-estate and housing, energy, agriculture, tourism and hotel, ICT and mining.

“For instance, the aging cement industry in Ethiopia could explore the real-estate and housing activities in Rwanda, where a few factories operate in a growing demand for cement and other construction materials,” Meklit said.

This arrangement follows an earlier meeting held in Addis Ababa at the Embassy of Rwanda, in October facilitated by Africa Business Link (ABL) a pan African investment and business platform. more


Rwanda : The case for green buildings in Rwanda

Is your office block a green building? Could it be upgraded to one?

The term green buildings has increasingly become synonymous in discussions on the feature of construction projects. For most, however, the components of a green building remain unclear.

Imagine sitting in an overcrowded conference room. You want to stand up, stretch your legs and ‘breathe’ a little, but you can’t because you have a load of work to finish. At the end of the day, you are mentally drained, probably have a headache and need to get home to rest. more


Rwanda : Rwanda, R20 Sign Agreement To Develop Continental Smart Model Village Pilot

Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA) and 20 Regions of Climate Action (R20) – a global alliance for smart cities and smart villages (GASCA) have signed an agreement to search and identify a rural area where a continental ‘smart model village’ pilot should be constructed in Rwanda.


Rwanda : Rwanda is Working on a Green City!

Rwanda is working on a “green city,” in Kigali city. The plan is to have the 2.3 square miles allocated to efficient factories, sustainable housing and green cars. The estimated cost? $5 billion, according to the African Exponent.

A project of this scale considers many factors. The “Rwanda Green City Pilot Project” covers every environmental concern and is created in a sustainable way. The project has developed its own “Pillars of Green Urbanism” that the project follows and can be easily piloted in other cities.


Rwanda : Inside Gashora Transit Centre, the home for African refugees

In a village in Gashora Sector, about an hour from Kigali, workers are busy putting final touches to different facilities in a camp in Bugesera District.


Rwanda : Kigali kiosks are back, bigger and better

Lately, it’s hard not to notice a modern wooden kiosk around Rwandex, which easily catches the eye of most passersby.

This is one of many such kiosks that will increasingly be seen in the city, according to the City of Kigali’s Director of Urban Economic Development Unit, Augustin Rwomushana…… More


Rwanda : “Bannyahe” residents to begin relocation in November

The first 360 households from Kigali’s largest slum locally known as Bannyahe will be relocated to a new housing estate in Busanza in November this year, city of Kigali officials have announced.

Speaking during the press conference on Wednesday, Pudence Rubingisa, the new Kigali City Mayor, said that by then the first dwelling units will have been completed.


Rwanda : Housing Authority to issue fresh guidelines on use of rukarakara

A FEW DAYS after it issued new guidelines allowing the use of mud bricks commonly known as rukarakara, Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) says that it will soon release another set of rules related to an improved version of these bricks. More


Rwanda : Rwanda Day 2019: Rwandans to be taken through opportunities to own affordable homes

DND Developers Ltd, a Rwandan based Real Estate company is set to share investment opportunities available in Rwanda that led to the construction of affordable homes to Rwandans attending Rwanda Day 2019 scheduled on 24th August 2019 in Germany and Diaspora Property Road Show on 30th – 31st August in London, UK.


Rwanda : Government puts its stake in Cimerwa on the market

he Government of Rwanda has finally put its last stake in Cimerwa on the market, calling on individual investors and companies to show interest for its shares.

The Government has 16.54 per cent stake in Cimerwa held through Agaciro Development Fund, Rwanda’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.


Rwanda :Request for expressions of interest for the development of affordable houses in City of Kigali, Secondary Cities, Rwamagana & Nyanza Districts

The Government of Rwanda adopted different strategies for Affordable Housing including availing land to developers/investors (land bank). This has started in City of Kigali, Secondary Cities and other Cities deemed to be potential for affordable housing needs. There are pieces of land/sites to be developed in City of Kigali, Secondary Cities, Rwamagana and Nyanza Districts


Rwanda : IPRC-Musanze to get Rwf14bn facelift

The complex will be made of classrooms, administration offices, student hostels, multi-purpose hall, training workshops, and other functional rooms, according to officials.


Rwanda : Govt seeks more investors to meet 310,000 unit demand for housing

The Minister for Infrastructure has invited more real estate firms to invest in affordable housing to meet the demand for shelter that is projected at 310,000 housing units by 2032.


Rwanda : DND Developers Ltd facilitates Rwandans from the diaspora to own and manage apartments

DND Developers Ltd (DND) has entered partnership with Diaspora Home Management (DHM) to create a platform enhancing management of DND apartments belonging to Rwandans in the diaspora.


Rwanda : Kamonyi : Plus de 300 jeunes ont construit des logements pour les vulnérables.

Plus de 300 jeunes réunis dans un Camp de travail dans le Secteur de Kayenzi en District Kamonyi ont commencé à construire pour les vulnérables, dans le cadre d’appuyer les efforts de l’Etat dans la construction des logements pour des personnes vulnérables


Rwanda : Will new reforms cut the red-tape in construction?

In 2018, the construction sector grew by 20 per cent in Rwanda. The number of days to obtain construction permits will reduce from 113 to 57.


Rwanda : Development of $5 billion green city to begin next year

The project aims to showcase the viability of green cities in Rwanda. The project will not displace low-income earners, rather the proposed city will be built in such a way that low-income earners will be empowered.


RDC : Constructions anarchiques et « spéculatives » sur sa concession: l’appel de Twangiza Mining à la population de Luhwindja

Le communiqué parle du dossier de compensation lié aux maisons et autres structures spéculatives en plus de la perturbation des activités par les agents de l’UTRALU.


RDC : 5 morts à la suite de l’écroulement d’un mur dans la commune de Bagira

Le gouverneur de province Théo Ngwabidje a invité la population à éviter les constructions anarchiques.


RDC : mise en place d’une commission de lutte contre les conflits fonciers

L’Etat doit défendre les simples citoyens qui ont été délogés dans leur maison du fait qu’ils n’ont pas eu le temps de faire des certificats ou d’enregistrer leurs parcelles et des gens véreux ont compris, ils ont enquêté, ils sont allés enregistrer en leurs noms et leurs ont opposés des certificats et ils les ont déguerpis.


Rwanda: FARG needs Rwf30bn for survivors’ housing

This means that 2,000 houses could cost about Rwf25 billion and if the number of the required houses is more, the total sum could go up to over Rwf30 billion.


Rwanda: Investor to establish first ceramics factory in Rwanda

Nyanza district owns a minority stake in the investment in exchange for the land availed by the district to Africeramics Ltd and is a source of high quality inputs such as clay, granite and other alloys needed for ceramics.


DRC: Comment exploiter durablement le bois d’œuvre en RDC ?

La demande en bois de construction et d’immobilier ne cesse d’augmenter dans toutes les grandes villes de la RDC.


Rwanda: World Bank to invest USD $ 200 million in accommodation to decongest schools

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN), said that the project will help Rwanda to promote quality education if approved through tackling overcrowding in classrooms. 70 % of the money will be invested in building schools and buying related equipment.


DRC: Uvira: au moins 6 maisons détruites par le débordement de la rivière Mulongwe

Au moins 6 maisons écroulées et plusieurs objets ustensiles de cuisine emportés par les eaux de la rivière Mulongwe dans la ville d’Uvira, au Sud du Sud-Kivu (Zones a risques)


Burundi: « La ville de Bujumbura menacée », alerte la Croix-Rouge

La Croix-Rouge interpelle les Burundais sur les risques dus à la construction dans des espaces verts.


DRC: Beni,1 mort et au moins 50 maisons détruites par la pluie à Kasindi

La société civile locale parle d’une cinquantaine des maisons qui ont perdu leurs toitures. Le gouvernement congolais et les organisations non gouvernementales sont priés de prendre en charge les sinistrés.

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Rwanda: Investing in Rwanda to improve following construction permit reforms

The reforms announced by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the City of Kigali and the Rwanda Housing Authority during a workshop for local construction sector professionals will reduce costs and streamline procedures in obtaining construction permits.

Src: New Times Rwanda

Rwanda: Rwanda announces fresh construction sector reforms

Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, the City of Kigali Mayor, said: “For building projects that are not large-scale or complex, you will no longer need to submit a geotechnical study, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report or topographic survey.” More

Src: The New Times Rwanda

Rwanda: One day rural housing will be a lucrative industry! Why Not?

Strive Masiyiwa I wondered why governments don’t provide tax incentives for people who want to invest in improving the rural areas. Why entrepreneurs do not set up rural mortgage financing vehicles.


DRC: le PFCGL annonce le début de la construction d’un bâtiment moderne pour les services à la frontière Ruzizi

Il s’agit d’un bâtiment de deux étages pour les infrastructures définitives dans l’objectif de réduire les tracasseries aux frontières. Dans ce bâtiment il y aura des entrepôts, des scanners et plusieurs autres innovations. Les services d’accueil seront au niveau de la chaussée et au les administrations seront au 1er et 2ième étage


Rwanda: Govt secures $80 million to build 10 vocational schools

Rwanda, in partnership with the Indian government, through the Indian Export and Import Bank (EXIM bank), secured a soft loan of $81 million (approximately Rwf72 billion) to fund the project.


Rwanda: Nyamagabe rehabilitation centre to be opened in September

The first phase of the centre will be completed in September and will accommodate 1,000 people.The second phase will be completed in 2021. The entire project is worth Rwf4.2 billion.


Rwanda: Financiers revived stalled Nyamirambo affordable housing project

Pan African housing financier Shelter Afrique, BRD revive Nyarugenge district’s US$130 million low cost housing Project. The project upon completion will accommodate 14,000 people in addition to creation of   hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs.


Rwanda: RSSB-led Consortium to construct 10,000 homes in Kinyinya worth US$200 million

The building partners assembled by RSSB are using rapid construction technology in the form of precast manufacturing and construction to save on cost and time with intentions of passing the reduction to end users. RSSB will be able to deliver truly affordable housing stocks in the market in next 3-4 years. The mixed use development project is estimated to cost US$200 million.


Rwanda: New investor injects vigor into Kigali Innovation city with $400m kitty

The project located at the Kigali special economic zone sits on a 70 hectare plot and is valued at about $2 billion. It is designed to accommodate world-class universities, technology companies, biotech firms, and commercial and retail real estate facilities.

Au moment où la RDC peine à réguler son marché local, le bois s’impose à nouveau comme une matière première essentielleLe bois fait son grand retour sur le devant de la scène alors qu’on le croyait démoder par le béton, le verre et le métal, le bois s’impose à nouveau comme une matière première innovante, résistante et écologique.


Makamba : La misère des « sans adresse » de NyakaziSur une parcelle d’environ 20 m sur 15, une hutte sert de cuisine en face de la maison principale. Ces habitations sont dans un état vétuste. Trois se sont déjà écroulées. D’autres présentent des fissures.
Le village abrite plus de 4000 personnes réparties en 200 familles. Elles vivent dans des conditions précaires.


Former high-risk zone dwellers benefit from Rwf1bn model villageThe village has a community hall, poultry projects, kitchen gardens, ECD centre that has received 120 children, and a health post.


Will the $100m project to redevelop Kimironko market finally take-off?The whole project will be implemented on all the 102,000 square metres, comprises between 120 and 180 apartments, a three-star hotel and create over 10,000 jobs.


Keep Land Idle At Your Own RiskPublished in official gazette in October 2018, the law determining the sources of revenue and property of decentralized entities provides in its article 20, that any undeveloped plot of land is subject to additional tax of one hundred percent (100%) to the tax rate.


Goma: l’Etat relance le projet d’amélioration de la sécurité de l’aéroportLes travaux de construction d’un segment du mur de clôture de l’aéroport international de Goma de 3416m de longueur sont prevus et financés par la Banque mondiale


Strong coordination recommended for the success of ongoing Master Plans review processesThe National Technical Advisory Committee is currently overseeing the review process of Secondary City Master Plans and should be empowered to extend its mandate and lead this coordination even for new plans for Satellite Cities, District Towns, Emerging urban centres together with other sectoral plans.


Rwanda :
Government and private sector to work in synergy for the development and upgrading of informal Settlements in City of Kigali
Rwanda National Urbanization target is to have 35% of urban population by 2024 and create 1.5 Million decent and productive jobs in close collaboration with all stakeholders. A joint commission composed of representatives from the government, private sector, civil society, development partner was created to come up with a detailed business case that will be a win-win solution for all parties.


Rwanda housing finance project
The primary beneficiaries of this project are Rwandan households which are unable to access long-term housing finance. The project expectsto focus primarily on loans for homes in the 10–35 million price segment, 19 a price range considered affordable to households with monthly incomes ranging between RWF 200,000 and RWF 700,000, the primary target segment which may qualify for mortgage loans under the GoR’s strategy on affordable housing finance (2018).


DRC: Kinshasa : Les architectes invités à s’affilier au nouvel ordre national des architectes récemment installé

Kinshasa : Les architectes invités à s’affilier au nouvel ordre national des architectes récemment installé

Conformément à la nouvelle loi organique portant fonctionnement de l’ONA (Ordre national des architects, tout architecte qui ne se fera pas enregistrer sur le tableau de (ONA) en Mars 2019, ne sera plus considéré comme architecte.


Bukavu : Début des démolitions des maisons pour libérer l’espace du Marché transfrontalier modern (DRC)

Bukavu : Début des démolitions des maisons pour libérer l’espace du Marché transfrontalier modern

Comme le début des travaux devrait déjà commencer dans un délai très bref, la mairie de Bukavu a  commencé des travaux de dégagement de terrain ; qui ont consisté à démolir des constructions anarchiques sur le site qui devra abriter les infrastructures du projet, notamment un marché moderne ayant un parking.


Station d’épuration des eaux usées de Buterere Les riverains dans la tourmente (Burundi)

Station d’épuration des eaux usées de Buterere Les riverains dans la tourmente

Les propriétaires des maisons construites dans l’espace réservé à la seule station d’épuration des eaux usées de Buterere ont jusqu’au 20 octobre pour dégager. L’ultimatum a été donné pour la première fois par le CNS. D’autres institutions ont également relayé ce message. Les concernés sont désemparés.

Src: Iwacu Burundi

Nord-Kivu : Bientôt l’électrification de certaines artères principales de Goma par énergie solaire.(DRC)

Nord-Kivu : Bientôt l’électrification de certaines artères principales de Goma par énergie solaire.

Pour Mme Lee, présidente de la firme l’Entreprise Global Trade and Finance, les domaines d’électrification celui de l’habitat et minier sont dans les viseurs de sa firme qui, outre l’électrification publique la desserte domestique sera également prise en charge.

Src: Province Nord Kivu

Villages of Tomorrow – New Housing Models for Rural Lands, Kigali, Rwanda

Villages of Tomorrow – New Housing Models for Rural Lands, Kigali, Rwanda

Worldwide, as urban regions and populations grow, rural areas often get left behind, struggling to improve housing conditions, preserve local community, and maintain agricultural environments. In such a context, how may urban planners, designers, and architects improve village life through design? Can we promote village development plans and rural housing models that straddle modernity and technological advancement, while being rooted in vernacular typologies, local culture and geography? Working within this context, based in the country of a thousand hills, Rwanda, this workshop explored new village house prototypes that built upon current building practices, local crafts, and community needs, to optimize for climatic and spatial performance. more

Src: MIT

. Bâtiments et Travaux Publics (Burundi) / French

Burundi – Bâtiments et Travaux Publics

La politique du Gouvernement est d’arriver à construire ses propres bâtiments grâce à son budget annuel d’investissement. Ce même budget va être mis à contribution pour financer d’autres infrastructures comme les barrages hydroélectriques, les hôpitaux et surtout la transformation de la ville de Gitega en capitale politique du pays (siège du parlement, des ministères et logements des fonctionnaires).


City mayor upbeat over Busanza housing project

City mayor upbeat over Busanza housing project

The Savannah Creek Development Company has planned to invest $56million (about Rwf 47.6billion) to develop the Bannyahe slum into a decent residential estate. Of the $56 million, $12 million (about Rwf 10 billion) will be invested in building housing units in Busanza for former slum residents in exchange for their expropriated properties.More..

src: The New Times

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Kigali City to relocate 13,000 households

Kigali City to relocate 13,000 households

Relocation of city residents from high-risk zones to properly planned settlements is a major component of the master plan, which is under its second implementation phase (2018-2025). More info