Day 1 (5 June 2018)
Brought to you every year since 2015 by the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s capital city and pioneer of green urban development, the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum is the premier sustainability event for city leaders on the African continent. Key challenges threatening growth and development in Africa include rapid urbanisation, energy and water access and stresses, sanitation, the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment and social inequities, trade facilitation, connectivity, land and biodiversity degradation, among others, and on top of this the significant and growing impacts of climate change.
Capital cities have a unique role in providing leadership for other local authorities within country borders. Partnerships and collaborative efforts have an important role to play in the implementation of sustainability, especially collaboration between the national, local and other levels of government to align and thus more effectively address sustainable development challenges. The increasing rate of urbanisation in African cities especially calls for the proactive design and implementation of sustainable urban development solutions. ACCSF is a powerful, growing network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all.
The call for responsive and responsible leadership has echoed at all levels around the world, from the World Economic Forum to the ACCSF. Sustainable development is simply impossible without leaders who understand what people want and act to benefit society as a whole.
Financing and bankability
Sustainable development projects always have to be funded – there’s no getting around that. Projects have to be bankable to attract funding, which means project developers and funders have to speak the same language. At the same time, there is more than one type of project banker.
City planning and climate change
What is the purpose of a city? Every administration has an implicit philosophy that speaks in varying proportions to the interests of citizens and private business. Some cities will lay down the red carpet for developers and expect the masses to be content with what trickles down to them. Other cities will have an inclusive approach that gets citizens involved in the planning and development process. To complicate matters further, climate change has disrupted “business as usual” so that leaders have to fundamentally reconsider how to chart the waters of the future.
Water and sanitation
Universal access to safe water and dignified sanitation is widely identified as the most basic precondition for a decent life and fundamental to public health, yet water and sanitation infrastructure remains sorely underdeveloped in many cities throughout Africa. It is up to Africa’s mayors to ensure that their citizens can be assured of this basic right – by revolutionizing the way cities supply water.
Energy is about a lot more than switching the lights on. Reliable energy supply is also a gender issue: “In rural and peri-urban areas, women and girls are mainly responsible for procuring and using cooking fuels; they are disproportionately affected by the negative effects of limited access to energy.” Of course, large‑scale, capital‑intensive technology projects are also necessary to power the formal sectors of the economy, including cash crops and mechanized production.
Transport and mobility
Transport infrastructure is the backbone of the economy and a key enabler for other infrastructure projects such as energy, communications, water and sanitation. Transport is also linked in important ways to urban health and social well-being. However, bringing transport projects to fruition requires meeting the needs of many stakeholders.
Cllr Solly Tshepiso Msimanga, Executive Mayor, City of Tshwane
Panel facilitator: Lindiwe Mazibuko
Denise Yvonne Akisawyerr, Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Pinias Rabson Mushayavanhu, Mayor, Ruwa, Zimbabwe, Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed Hassan, Mayor, Khartoum North, Sudan, Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abuja, Nigeria, Sidi Maouloud, Deputy Mayor. Nouakchott, Mauritania, Abel Langsi Ngwasoh, Mayor, Bafut, Cameroon, Abdulraud Beitelmal, Mayor, Tripoli, Libya
TEA & MEDIA BRIEFING
Day 2 (6 June 2018)
Sustainable cities are safe, efficient, clean, people friendly, and in Africa still developing at a rapid rate. The ethos is one of development taking place within the context of a strategy and a plan, where developments in line with the City vision are fast tracked and supported. As such, sustainable cities strategically attract investment and talent which drives economic progress in a virtuous circle of positive outcomes into the future. Becoming a more sustainable city is about appropriate policy frameworks which flow through all service delivery departments into practical approaches and projects that make the city more liveable and more conducive to business, within a context of known and managed risks.
Drawing on the insights derived from the ACCSF, the Sustainable Cities Conference presents technical solutions to the challenges faced by cities challenged with the task of leading pro-poor, climate-resilient social and economic transformation.
Welcoming address including rapporteur’s feedback
Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga
"The role of cities in enhancing the Nation Brand’s reputation"
Leigh-Gail Petersen, Brand South Africa Research Manager
“Decentralisation and sustainable development: How cities and local government can work together to fight inequality and create wealth and jobs.”
Juliet Sale, Regional Director, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), West Africa Regional Office Research Manager
SESSION ONE: FUNDING THE CITY
Responsible leadership as a catalyst to access project funding
Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements, as well as investing in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.
Cities are uniquely positioned to deliver sustainable solutions that can positively impact the lives of the growing global urban population. Yet solutions such as bike-sharing, public transit systems and energy-efficient buildings need a strong financial model behind them to come to life. What are the ingredients of successful sustainable urban projects? What happens to when traditional revenue services (water, waste, power) dry up? How can city leaders align the goals of often competing interests to position themselves as the fulcrum of change?
Panel Facilitator: Xolile George, CEO, SALGA
“Financing the future we want”
Kobie Brand, Regional Director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
"Green engines of growth: delivering
affordable, replicable projects that resist climate
change and promote prosperity"
Hastings Chikoko, Regional Director for Africa, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
"The future is digital: Investing in the
sustainability of African cities"
Thando Manzi, Corporate and Government Strategist, Senior Lecturer at GIBS
“Responsible leadership as a catalyst to unlocking project funding”
Panel facilitator: Xolile George
Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Trine Rask Thygesen, Embassy of Denmark, Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, Head, UNEP Office in South Africa, Kobie Brand, Hastings Chikoko
SESSION TWO: THE CITY OF THE PEOPLE
Transforming slums into places of prosperity
UN-Habitat estimates at least 200 million people live in informal human settlements in Africa – more than 60% of the urban population. Every year these numbers increase by several million. Poverty, food insecurity, social violence, fire, flooding and disease are but a few of the hazards to which slum-dwellers are vulnerable.
The UNs Development Goal (SDG) 11 commits 193 member states to making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – yet upgrading informal settlements entails much more than simply improving living standards: Sustainable development “must enhance economic and social opportunities as places of transition for social mobility and prosperity and support inclusion as low-cost entry points into urban labour markets” (HSRC).
Panel Facilitator: Xolile George, CEO, SALGA
“Building productive and liveable cities from the bottom up: Insights from upgrading informal settlements.”
Prof. Ivan Turok, Executive Director in the Economic Performance and Development Unit (EPD), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and Dr Justin Visagie, Research Specialist in the EPD, HSRC.
And justice for all: integrating environmental rights with urban development
Susanna Coleman, PHA Campaign
“From rubbish to riches: city climate action plans that cut pollution and raise living standards”
Sandra Mazo-Nix, Coordinator – Waste Initiative, Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat
What would a truly equitable urban development plan look like? Can the requirements of development be balanced with environmental, spatial and climate justice?
Christina Culwick, Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO)
Melissa Kerim-Dikeni, Professional Officer:
Climate Change, Energy and Resilience
Ivan Turok, Justin Visagie, Susanna Coleman, Sandra Mazo-Nix
Increasing the uptake and success of cleantech innovations
Date: 6 June 2018
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre (Emerald Room)
Moderator: Ms Valerie Geen, UNIDO
Introductory Remarks and Purpose
Mr James New - UNIDO HO Project Manager for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme
Study results: National Clean Technology Policy Context in SA: Supporting Small Businesses with Great Ideas
Mr Reuben Kadalie - Consultant
Survey findings: Common factors that have a positive impact on the profitability, market penetration and technology adoption of SMME innovations
Mr Paul Ben - Israel IBIS Consulting
DST’s Cleantech Programmes
Dr Henry Roman - Drector: Environmental Services and Technologies Department of Science and Technolog
Top three challenges identified by entrepreneurs in SA, and the IDC’s role in addressing these
Ms Mulalo Rambau - Senior Development Impact Specialist Industrial Development Corporation (TBC)
TIA’s support for innovative cleantech entrepreneurs and enterprise development
Mr Vusi Skosana - Acting Executive and Head: Technology Stations Programme Technology Innovation Agency
Trials and tribulations of a cleantech entrepreneur in SA
Mr Paseka Lesolang - CEO: WHC (Pty) Ltd
Q & A
Closing Remarks and Way Forward
Ms Valerie Geen, UNIDO (Moderator)
Creating sustainable, inclusive competitive advantage
Date: 6 June 2018
No city can prosper without a thriving commercial sector that creates jobs and fosters the development of opportunities for small businesses. At the same time, companies must provide core products and services for the (sustainable development goals (SDGs) while performing against, and continuously upgrading, industry-relevant economic, social and governance standards. Balancing these objectives creates the conditions for competitive advantage. Technology offers a myriad solutions to provide the infrastructure required for service delivery. At the same time, scientists and engineers will require supportive incentives to continue to generate crucial technological breakthroughs..
Fourth Industrial Revolution: Hype or hyper-engine for growth?
Fuad Siddiqui, Senior Partner, Nokia Bell Labs
Leapfrogging Industrialisation: Africa's greatest Industry 4.0 opportunities
Energy Efficiency Coordinator, UNIDO Regional Office, Pretoria
Smart approaches to manufacturing infrastructure
Stephan Kotze, Market Director of Manufacturing, Aurecon
SESSION 1: Disease Outbreaks experience and preparedness
Date: 6 June 2018
Facilitator: Dr G Molelekwa
Respirable particulate matter in South Africa, a synthesis of funding and future direction
Morakinyo OM, Public Health practitioner and a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Urban air quality
Nomsa Thabethe, Senior Environmental Health Practitioner, Gert Sibande District Municipality
Date: 6 June 2018
Facilitator: Shaakira Karolia
SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT WORKSHOP
In support of its Sustainable Procurement Strategy, the City is developing a Supplier Development Programme as a key determinant of effective change to more sustainable purchasing. One technique is the concept of green pitching where suppliers present concepts and proposals to the City of how goods and services can be greened. The City is partnering with the African Sustainable Development Association to develop a Green Pitch programme that will culminate in a final pitching session towards the end of the year. In the build up to that exercise, various milestone activities will take place and during Sustainability Week a build-up activity will take place in the form of a workshop.
The following questions may be clustered to coordinate the panel discussion:
• To what extent will collaborative partnerships between the private and public sector enhance sustainable procurement implementation?
• What are key collaborative partnerships needed to drive markets towards innovation and sustainability especially in a green economy sector?
• How best can Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) or Total Cost Analysis (TCA) be fully implemented? What mechanisms could be utilised to implement these systems? Is it practical or possible to do it in the city?
• What should be done in order to demonstrate the best value for money across the life cycle? • What is the best approach to incorporate SP into all the stages of the procurement processes?
• What are the best mechanisms to accelerate SMME development in order to stimulate green and inclusive economic growth in the City of Tshwane?
• What are the difficulties experienced by suppliers and/or SMMEs when participating the the sustainable procurement drive?
• How can retailers and/or industries meet the challenges faced in green procurement that are advantageous to their businesses?
• How best can suppliers be incentivised to promote environmentally friendly products and services?
• What is the best business case for pursuing sustainable procurement?
Date: 6 June 2018
The Green Café Tshwane, presented in partnership with the City of Tshwane and the Green Building Design Group, is a knowledge exchange platform where people from diverse industries, professions and backgrounds discuss green initiatives and how to best implement them within the built environment. The Green Cafés have been introduced to play a role in unlocking policy implementation by providing a platform for green technology solution providers to showcase practical ideas that can be used to fast track the green agenda in society.
"A Green Café is applying green design thinking to real societal problems in real time ... whilst ensuring knowledge sharing“
Converge: We believe that in order for real lasting transformation to take place, it must come from all sectors of industry and society as a whole. Bringing people together and creating an environment for positive, constructive debate is the first step in manifesting this change.
Connect: Ideas are what change the world and there can never be a shortage of them. So by making connections between ideas and cross-pollinating them new ones can be born.
Create: We believe in praxis: converting ideas into action. The solutions that are made in the Green Café will be presented to key decision makers for action!
|(14:00) Welcome & Introduction to Green Café Tshwane||Cllr Mandla Nkomo|
(14:15) Welcome to the Tshwane and Sustainability Journey
Resource Mobilisation, Financing & Green Building Advocacy:
Office of teh Executive Mayor - City Sustainability Unit
|(14:30) Sustainability Challenge: How does City of Tshwane create |
an enabling framework to achieve Low and Zero
Carbon Buildings for all buildings and different
types of typologies?
|- Sub-Context: As a C40 Partner the Capital City has |
commintted to the C40 Cities South Africa Buildings Programme
|(14:45) Introduction of green building design panel of experts|
(15:00) Each panelist states their interpretation
of the challenge and proposed solution (5mins per speaker)
|Facilitator: Mutsa Kajese (Ubuntu Lab Founder)|
Chilufya Lombe (Net Zero Energy);
Lisa Reynolds (Green By Lways);
Mokale Rasetlola (Electricity Integration);
Jaishella Rajput (Circular Economy);
Shameela Ebrahim (Innovative Finance Instruments);
Shaun Slabber (Smart Grid),
Llewellyn van Wyk (Transport);
Vera Shaba (Green Buildings)
Manfred Braune (Executive Director Green
Building Council South Africa)
|(15:30) Each panelist hosts a break-away discussion with Green Café participants||All Speakers|
|(16:00) Panelists present proposed solutions to client for feed back||Kedibone Modiselle|
|Thank you and Close||Ms Songo Didiza|
|The Green Wall|
Participants are encouraged to write and/or draw their comments on a
single piece of paper which will be compiled into a Call for Action to industry participants.
Followed by light snacks and refreshments
Date: 6 June 2018
Facilitator: Melissa Baird
SESSION 1: Understanding the emerging energy landscape
"ISO 50001 (Energy Management Standard): A Double Reward for Companies"
Faith Mkhacwa, NCPC-SA
SESSION 1: Mending social contract between the mining industry and the people
“Why the social contract between mining and society is broken and how to fix it”
John Capel, Executive Director, Bench Marks Foundation