Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa like most cities across Africa, is growing at a very rapid rate. All over the world, cities are growing at a rate of two percent. However, African cities are growing at a much higher rate. Some experts have put the growth of African cities at eight percent.
Unfortunately, the authorities tasked with city planning, and provision of social amenities are overwhelmed by this fast rate of growth. So you find slums and neighborhoods with poor infrastructures sprouting up around cities.
Addis Ababa, like many big cities in Africa, is also experiencing the problem of overstretched social amenities. One of which is poor and completely failed garbage collection and disposal system. The city is home to one of the biggest waste landfills in the continent called the Repi dumpsite. That is where all the garbage and waste from in and around Addis Ababa.
The dumpsite has gotten so big that it covers about 36 football pitches. The dumpsite other being an eyesore comes with other adverse effects such as diseases, pollutions, and has been linked to a number of deaths.
It is against this backdrop that …read more