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Thursday, 10 May 2007
On 7 May, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo officially inaugurated work on a new 1,435mm gauge light rail system in the capital, Abuja. Comprising three phases that are expected to be complete in 15 years, construction is being financed with a $US841 million dollar loan facility provided by the Chinese government. The 280km system is planned to cover the whole Federal Capital Territory including Wuse, Garki, AYA and its satellite towns of Karu, Nyanya, Kubwa and Gwagwalada. The project has been contracted to CPCS-Transcom International of Canada with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) as joint development partner.

The first phase will comprise 60km of route linking Area 10 in Garki, the central area, Wuse neighborhood centre, Utako Motor park, Jabi, Life Camp, Karmo, Gwarinpa and Kubwa. Also included are the national stadium, the Kukwaba national park, Idu and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
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Malaysian firm to build R12bn Soweto-Jo'burg monorail

By: Mariaan Olivier
Published: 15 May 07 - 12:57

Soweto and the Johannesburg city centre will soon be linked by a R12-billion monorail, which can transport over 1,5-million commuters a day, the Gauteng provincial government said this week.

Gauteng would sign a deal for the construction of the hybrid monorial carrier and related infrastructure along a corridor, such as shopping malls and residential areas, with a private investor on Wednesday.

This forms part of the provincial government's plans to implement an integrated transport system and consolidate the province as an economic and logistic hub.

The integrated monorail corridor project, which would be fully financed by a Malaysian company, would source all infrastructure and rolling stock in Gauteng, creating a number of jobs in the province.

The province is South Africa’s fastest growing region, but transport infrastructure has not kept up with the increased number of vehicles on the road.

To alleviate the traffic congestion between Pretoria, Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng is building the R25,1-billion Gautrain rapid-rail link. But government has been criticised for not investing in transport systems in formerly disadvantaged areas and that Gautrain was targeting a higher-income group.

Transport will also play an important role in the 2010 soccer World Cup, as three of the official stadiums are located in Gauteng, with Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria hosting games.

Gauteng finance and economic affairs MEC Paul Mashatile, the Gauteng Economic Development Agency CEO Keith Khoza and representatives of private investors will unveil more details on the project at the signing ceremony.
What do u define as a 'mega-city'??
Joburg is currently building a 'metro', the $4 billion Gautrain
No, that is one aspect of it. it has a semi-underground portion that goes from Sandton to OR Tambo International - The east-west corridor. And it's not a 'shuttle', its a high speed (160km/h) train.

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