China’s building plans could strain African economies

Ricardo Reboredo, Trinity College Dublin It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development program that will potentially span 60 countries, and cost an estimated US$5 trillion, it will mean building new rail networks, …

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Why are Johannesburg’s bike lanes not well used?

Njogu Morgan, University of the Witwatersrand When you think of the world’s bicycle friendly cities, Johannesburg probably doesn’t feature. That’s not for lack of trying. Over the past few years bicycle lanes have been built in various parts of South Africa’s most populous city. These bike lanes were meant to encourage commuter cycling and were …

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