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Sustainable Infrastructure Seminar Speakers


Kerry BobbinsKERRY BOBBINS is a researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand and Gauteng Provincial Government. She graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa, with an MSc in Geography and has completed additional Masters’ courses in International Environmental Policy and Environment and Development. Kerry’s research interests include green infrastructure and the provisioning of ecosystem goods and services.

PROPOSED TOPIC: PROMOTING THE PROVISION OF SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH A GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING APPROACH IN THE GAUTENG CITY-REGION

In the Gauteng City-Region (GCR), government officials are under pressure to provide infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population and economy. Historically, infrastructure requirements have been met at the expense of environmental systems due to the limited emphasis on sustainable development. This situation is starting to change with government, guided by an array of national, provincial and local strategies, taking into account principles of sustainability as a matter of practice. These practices however, have not been able to address the currently unsustainable approach to infrastructure and service provision, which is considered to be resource intensive and costly. One way of overcoming this is through including natural and man-made ecological systems in the planning and management of infrastructure.

The concept of green infrastructure (GI) has emerged internationally as a way of understanding how green assets and ecological systems can work as part of the infrastructural fabric that supports and sustains society. GI refers to the interconnected set of natural and man-made ecological systems, green spaces, and other landscape features that can provide services and strategic functions in the same way as traditional built-up infrastructure.

This presentation outlines the benefits of a GI planning approach, illustrating where it has been successfully used in cities around the world to overcome urban-based infrastructure challenges. It further presents on research undertaken by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), which aims to guide the uptake of GI planning approach in the GCR to support decision-making and infrastructure provision at the local level.


Masopha-MoshoeshoeMASOPHA MOSHOESHOE has held the position of the Head of New GX Enviro Solutions and Logistics Holdings since May 2011. The business began as a concept on a spreadsheet and by June 2012, it had employed over 160 people from the local community and was incubating six SMMEs. From 2008 to 2011, Masopha was the CFO of MCT Telecommunications (‘MCT’) and in 2009 was appointed to its board of directors. From 2001 to 2007, Masopha worked at Alexander Forbes Financial Services holding a number of roles.

PROPOSED TOPIC: INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED TO FACILITATE A TRANSFER TO URBAN SCALE SUSTAINABLE WASTE

It is a waste management axiom that once a landfill closes, the next landfill is never closer to the collection area than the previous one was. The closing of the City of Tshwane’s landfills poses a significant challenge as waste collection is essentially a logistics function. The development of regional Eco Parks is key to addressing this challenge but they require a realignment of the supply chain that sits before them.


Nishan-RathanlallNISHAN RATHANLALL is a Sector Unit Manager/Technical Executive in the Power and Energy Department at GIBB Engineering and Architecture. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a MBA. The industry areas that are covered in his area of responsibility at present include T&D, Electrification, Buildings Services and Generation including Renewables. Nishan also worked at Eskom in Grid Planning department of Transmission previously.

PROPOSED TOPIC: INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED TO FACILITATE A TRANSFER TO URBAN SCALE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. (FOCUSING ON GRID CONNECTION CHALLENGES FOR RENEWABLE PROJECTS)

The paper will discuss the challenges around the Grid Connectivity for connecting Renewable Energy projects and will discuss hi-level solutions some which are being considered for South Africa presently.

 

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