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Fragile Cities 27 Good telecommunications can lessen demand for surface transport. In many East African cities the landline telephone networks were exceptionally inadequate. 21 Marchal (Chapter 9) recounts how mobile phones marked an important departure for communications in Mogadishu. However, the absence of any government acting to standardize and regulate mobile phone infrastructure has resulted in massive confusion and duplication of consumer investment in telephone options. Nature of infrastructure provisioning: Public, private or community?
5. Zambia’s and South Africa’s national economies have historically been premised on mining and Zimbabwe has had a mixed economy of mining, industry, capitalized large-scale settler agriculture and small-scale African peasant agriculture. 6. This is especially the case with regard to urban settlements of Mesopotamia, the Mayan and Aztec cities of central Mexico and the Andean cities. 7. Records of Chinese expeditions to the East African Coast in the 15th century describe Mogadishu and Malindi (also Brava and Juba), indicating a better knowledge of the contours of the East African coastline than European documents of the time (Wheatley 1975).