Angola starts urban renewal process in two Luanda neighbourhoods

4 February 2015

The government of Angola will start a special programme for the conversion and urban renewal of the neighbourhoods of Sambizanga and Operário in the centre of Luanda, which will require the relocation of 25,000 families, the governor of Luanda Province announced Tuesday.

After a meeting of the economic committee of the Council of Ministers, Governor Graciano Domingos said that the project intended to create better living conditions through urban renewal, giving a new image to the area by installing social and economic facilities.

The project, he added, would involve resettlement of 22,000 families from the Sambizanga area and another 3,000 from the Operário area, renewing places where “people live in precarious conditions,” and relocating them “especially out of town.”

Domingos said that the relocated families “will be given social houses that can then be finished to their own liking.”

The province of Luanda has a population of 6.5 million people, according to data from the population census held in May 2014 in Angola. (macauhub/AO)