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A housing crisis on the horizon? PDF Print E-mail
By Tesfaye Getnet   
Monday, 13 June 2016 07:23

As Addis Ababa has expanded forests and farms have given way to housing developments and new settlements. However, many of these new homes on the outskirts of the city do not have title deeds because desperate and sometimes predatory, home seekers simply deal with farmers or brokers to build mud houses on empty plots of land. If no communal or legal authorities question the legitimacy of ownership, it is taken as silent approval and a green light to invest more by constructing a house with more expensive modern bricks. Add a comment

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License to kill dangers of corruption on Addis’ roads PDF Print E-mail
By Tesfaye Getnet   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 06:58

“We have seen people failing to get their driving licenses, not because of their ability to pass the practical exam but because they failed to give a bit of ‘sugar’ to their instructors or others who determine if they pass or not. And it seems that the attitude of most driving inspectors boils down to four words: No bribe, no license.” This was said at a meeting organized by the Ethiopian Road Transport Authority (ERTA) on January 23. Add a comment

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MERCATO’S NEW ARCHITECTURE PDF Print E-mail
By Tesfaye Getnet   
Monday, 07 December 2015 06:48

Old charm and organized chaos lost to big buildings and big business?

Enter Mercato, the largest open market in Ethiopia, where businesspeople, retailers worth millions and petty traders with just a few thousand birr are in a race to make it; to grow and succeed enough to own grand buildings, to run great companies, to employ hundreds. Tailors, shoemakers, street vendors have climbed up ladders of success in Mercato. Men like Yemiru Nega, the owner Dembel City Center; Diguma Hundae, owner of DH Geda; Getu Gelete owner of Getu Commercial Center are just some of the people who have started small in Mercato to rise to the top. For these Ethiopian businessmen and many more, Mercato is more than a place to trade goods; it is a place of opportunity for the poor and rich alike.

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