Outside chaotic Luanda, Chinese workers build new city

By Griffin Shea (AFP)

LUANDA — In an open field 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Angola’s chaotic capital, a $3.5-billion city seems to rise from nothing, a showpiece in government’s drive to build one million new homes.

Dubbed the “new city of Kilamba Kiaxi”, it’s the antithesis of overcrowded Luanda’s traffic-choked streets and is being built — like so much else in Angola — by Chinese contractors.

Here broad boulevards and landscaped lawns lace the neatly arranged apartment buildings, painted in shades of yellow, blue and green according to their height.

The first phase, due for completion in December 2012, will provide housing for 120,000 people in 710 apartment buildings rising up to 13 stories, complete with schools, shops and parks, said Hamilton Jorge Faria, the engineer heading the project for Sonip, an arm of Angola’s ubiquitous state oil firm, Sonangol. More……..

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