SIDE POCKET


SIDE POCKET

A new road around the Sheraton Addis Hotel opens a quick detour across aesthetically pleasing scenery. A severe shortage of cement as the 12 operational factories meet less than half of the 36 million tons demanded has caused the delay of several road projects in the country. With only a few key projects in selected areas receiving priority, the inability to juggle contractual delays are leading to constant disputes between contractors and clients. A staggering 41pc of projects administered by the Ethiopian Roads Administration operated at less than half of the planned capacity, with 20pc lacking both planning and implementation.


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WINTER RESORTS

Summer camp is bustling in a condominium housing project around the Gofa area as children take over a soccer field on a cloudy afternoon. Amid the proliferation of electronic gadgets and social media over the past decade, it has become rare to witness children playing outdoors. Despite the benefits of access to information, the rising use of technology is resulting in higher instances of depression, aggressive behaviour, obesity and lower attention spans. The impacts have become more pronounced...


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RUSTY WHISTLES

An old railway track around Adey Abeba stands the test of time in an increasingly cosmopolitan city. When it was completed in 1917, the railway track ordered by Emperor Menelik II and constructed by the French provided a much-needed logistics channel. The 785Km line simplified the six-week mule trek which connected Addis Abeba with Djibouti ports. A six-year-old Chinese-built standard gauge railway has simplified movement between the two locations, with the management of its operations passed on...


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SLEEPLESS CAPITAL

A street fence around Saris provides residents with an alternative to hang washed clothes for drying. New regulations from the Addis Abeba City Cabinet Buildings must be at least 10m from the leading road edge. At the same time, five metres and two metres distance are required from sub-main roads and neighbourhood roads, respectively. While the regulations stemmed from realisations during the construction of the Grand Corridor project, they will determine construction aesthetics in the foreseeab...


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