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Atterbury awarded Deloitte Gauteng office development tender

After considering more than 15 submissions, Deloitte has awarded the tender to develop its sizeable purpose-developed offices in Gauteng to Atterbury. Atterbury is developing the new Deloitte Gauteng office on behalf of a 50/50 joint venture between co-owners Atterbury and JSE-listed real estate capital growth fund Attacq Limited.

Deloitte’s new premises will be developed in Waterfall in Midrand. The total estimated development cost is in excess of R1bn.

Mike Jarvis, chief operating officer of Deloitte Africa, says: “The consolidation of our Johannesburg and Pretoria offices into one Gauteng office in Waterfall City promises to be an exciting journey. We are quickly outgrowing both existing office spaces and are now in a position to bring together approximately 3,700 of our people into one, new, custom-designed building in what is clearly an attractive corporate destination. Deloitte is constantly looking for ways in which our people can make a meaningful impact to our clients, talent and communities. This move will help us do exactly that by gearing our operations to attract the best talent and serve our expanding market.”

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The premises will comprise 42,500m2 of quality workspace, which will consolidate Deloitte’s current Woodmead and Pretoria offices in a single central location. The building has space capacity for close to 5,000 people.

The office premises will consist of a ground floor with six storeys of offices and four basement parking levels including nearly 2,000 parking bays. Commercial architecture practice Aevitas designed the new Deloitte headquarters, which will comply with a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Rating on completion.

Bulk earthworks for the project will start in August 2017, with construction commencing on Deloitte’s new Gauteng office in the final quarter of this year. The development will be complete in the first quarter of 2020. Deloitte will begin operating from its new South African base from April 2020.

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Digitally transformed, integrated public transport vital for Africa’s economic growth

The growth of Africa’s middle class is to improving investor confidence, financial inclusion and contribution toward the formal economy and is, therefore, of the utmost importance to economic development. The emergence of this middle class has led to rapid urbanisation, with most seeking a better future and job prospects in the developed cities.

Research shows that by 2030, more than 50% of Africa’s population will be living in cities. “This mass migration is already placing strain on the existing infrastructure. Available resources and the present modes of transportation are simply not equipped to accommodate the projected volumes. This is a challenge for most emerging countries including South Africa,” commented Lawrence Kandaswami, managing director, SAP South Africa.

Cities need to develop and evolve just as rapidly, to accommodate the needs of the new urbanites that trade in the city. Technology has an important role to play, particularly in terms of transporting these urbanites. If the countries in Africa achieve this goal, technological innovation has the potential to bring about sustainable economic advancement with equal opportunity and quality of life for passengers.

What are the driving forces behind the need to transform public transport?

• Rapid urbanisation and changing regulations shifting the risks to industry;
• Pressure on public cost and subsidies, driving the need for innovative approaches to future revenue streams;
• Increased emphasis on supporting and evolving existing platforms;
• Travellers’ need for efficiency and transparency in pricing, including one-stop booking of travel with consistent pricing across various channels;
• Clear understanding of the various options for multi-trip or single trips across various providers.

The use of innovative technology emerges as an ideal solution to help transform the transportation industry, by driving a world class service through real-time collaboration and monitoring and providing insights to improve service delivery and enable cost reductions.

Transformation of transport systems

Recent advances in technology and rapid adoption of smartphones have led to the connected traveler, who has constant access to information via social and other channels. As a result, transport organisations are now able to deliver a personalised engagement, tailored to the needs of the individual passenger.

Kandaswami added that “there is a sense of urgency for transportation authorities and cities to transform their business processes in order to accommodate the needs of citizens for a reliable and accessible transport system. Technology has an important role to play in this transformation process by providing the underlying platform that supports the industry with an integrated system connecting all modes transport around the cities.”

Pioneering technologies such as the integrated SAP industry software for travel and transportation, for instance, provide a comprehensive, end-to-end solution that allows transport organisations to plan, schedule, predict and react with real-time insights to passenger behavior, travel patterns and transportation network conditions.

The benefits of a digitally transformed and integrated public transport system:

• A transport provider network that is inclusive of all modes of transport;
• Transport is integrated therefore accessible, reliable, affordable and efficient;
• Development of new skills with the promise of further job creation;
• Provide the passenger with multi-touch points to create a seamless travel experience;
• A 360-degree view of the passenger to accommodate for varying traveler needs.

Technology is already helping the passenger travel industry across the world to deliver safety and a more integrated travel experience. SAP continues to invest in creating innovative solutions, which will enable sustainable economic growth for the continent’s people.

Source: bizcommunity

Morocco to Propose an ‘African Charter for Sustainable Tourism’ at Ivory Coast Summit

Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, the Moroccan minister of tourism will propose the adoption of what he calls the “African Charter for Sustainable Tourism” during his visit to the Ivory Coast for a continental tourism conference this week, a government communique obtained by Morocco World News said.

Haddad landed in Abidjan on Tuesday to attend the 58th edition of the annual conference of the African Commission for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the international organization’s website. Government officials and private stakeholders in African tourism will be present at the event ending on April 21st to discuss “accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns” and a 10-year framework of programs (10YFP) to achieve associated goals.

The Moroccan minister expects the sustainability pact to be signed “on the sidelines” of the COP22 climate to be held in Marrakech in November.

In January, Morocco adopted a draft charter on sustainable tourism during the first edition of the “Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” in Rabat.

“The proposal embodies the positioning of our country as a tourism sustainability leader in the region,” Hadded said in the communique.

During the ongoing meetings, world leaders will also discuss the implementation of the mission of the international organization Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP), which was born in Johannesburg in 2002 as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Emphasis will also be placed on the detriments of tourism development in the African continent to make sure the process occurs at an environmentally safe level, the minister’s release said.

“Hence, the need for strong cooperation focused on increased ownership in consumption patterns and sustainable production with greater distribution of wealth between the northern parts of the continent and the southern ones.”

Eleven years after the world summit in South Africa, over 35 countries had expressed interest in becoming founding members of ST-EP and hosting regional offices for the organization in the country, though little news of the opening of new offices have been reported since the original show of interest.

Last December, the U.N. declared a resolution naming 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”

Tourism represents an important source of income for African nations due to the inflow of foreign currency it generates, which grows the countries’ GDPs and creates new employment opportunities.

Critics, notably from the U.N,’s own environmental division – suggest that an emphasis on tourism makes impoverished countries dependent on the well-being of developed economies, as tightly-budgeted families are less likely to go on vacation.

According to the division’s statistics, poorer countries in Africa rely on tourism to generate income for the survival of their people. Gambia, for instance, utilizes 30 percent of its workforce to provide services and goods directly and indirectly related to its expected visitors.

Numbers describing the continent as a whole say vacationers’ economic hold on Africa will remain the same in the coming decade. A 2015 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said it expects the industry it represents to make-up over six percent of Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2025 – not a significant change from the report’s slightly lower estimate for 2015, which was also just above six percent of GDP.

A Morocco-specific analysis by the WTTC in 2015 said the tourism industry’s share in the national economy would stagnate at just below 18 percent from 2014 to 2025.

Source: moroccoworldnews


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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London kick off 20th year of ethical tourism

New categories for 2016 include the ‘Best responsible tourism campaign’ which aims to celebrate the most successful marketing or advocacy campaigns in encouraging and promoting a more responsible style of travel.

Tourism businesses, organisations and initiatives around the world are now being invited to submit an entry into the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 at WTM London, as the world celebrates 20 years of responsible tourism action.

The global search for the world’s most enduring and inspirational examples of responsible tourism in action kicks off today with entries being accepted into five categories spanning issues across the tourism industry.

The announcement of the 2016 winners, at World Travel Market London, will this year be part of the celebrations marking 10 years of World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest event for responsible tourism action globally. Furthermore, this year marks 20 years of the global responsible tourism movement, with the South African government publishing a tourism white paper in 1996 putting responsibility at the centre of its strategy.

New categories for 2016 include the ‘Best responsible tourism campaign’ which aims to celebrate the most successful marketing or advocacy campaigns in encouraging and promoting a more responsible style of travel.

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Justin Francis, founder of the Awards and managing director of organisers Responsible Travel comments “I am truly excited by what we will discover through the World Responsible Tourism Awards this year.

The organisations, initiatives and businesses we uncover each year have the power to shape the future of tourism, to be catalysts for change in an industry which will have a huge impact on global climate and development.

”I want to encourage any tourism business or organisation around the world, big or small, to submit an entry. We want to hear your story”.

The importance of the Awards in assessing how far responsible tourism has developed, and how much it been achieved in the last 10 years is not lost on chair of the judging panel, Professor Harold Goodwin of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and the  International Centre for Responsible Tourism. “Through the Awards winners every year we see the standard of what is being achieved by people taking responsibility for tourism getting higher and higher” he says “And every year we see more and more countries represented in our entries.

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“Tourism, if sold, enjoyed and organised responsibly is of global importance, something that has been recognised in the new Sustainable Development Goals, and our winners this year will set the standard to which all tourism businesses should aspire”.

Awards Judge Simon Press, senior exhibition director for World Travel Market London, hosts of World Responsible Tourism Day says “The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London are a central pillar of the success of World Responsible Tourism Day.

“The awards winners and shortlisted companies act as a benchmark and inspiration for what the global travel and tourism industry can achieve in responsible tourism practice.”

The 2016 categories:

  • Best accommodation for responsible employment
  • Best contribution to wildlife conservation – sponsored by Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council
  • Best innovation by a tour operator
  • Best for poverty reduction and inclusion – sponsored by the Tobago House of Assembly
  • Best responsible tourism campaign

WTM London’s World Responsible Tourism Day takes place on Tuesday 8 November.

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Education is crucial to South Africa’s success: Ramaphosa

Thousands of learners and students attended the Youth Development and Career Expo at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Soweto to listen to government’s plan for youth development in South Africa.

The expo was convened by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Learners and students who attended the Expo were inspired by leaders from government on how they can be successful in their studies.

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They came from all corners of the province to get career advice.

The High School learners were exposed to various career opportunities. They believe the Expo will help them make right choices with their careers.

One learner says, “We are here to experience everything that people are doing and we are going to be successful. We want to go forward and make our dreams come true.”

Another says, “I am hoping to be well informed about the career choices that I have already made and to seek guidance so that I will be well informed when I finish Matric.”

“I want to become a teacher one day. This Career Expo has given me the confidence to do better in my studies. It has motivated me to push myself and to find out more about the teaching profession. I want to make a difference in people’s lives so I look forward to a bright future,” says a third learner.

Deputy President, Ramaphosa has urged learners to take every opportunity the government  is presenting to them.

He says learners should also love their subjects at school in order for them to succeed.

“We are investing a lot of money in your education. If you look at our budget today most of the money that we are spending on percentage basis goes to education. We doing this because we are determined to invest in your education we are determined to invest in you.”

Gauteng’s MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says his department is doing everything  in its power to support and develop learners in the province.

He has committed to providing financial support to top achievers of each school.

“Every learner who occupies position one, position two, position three in every school – that particular learner will be given a bursary for four years at the university of their choice. We need to reward our young heroes we need to give them opportunities and we need to ensure that they get educated.”

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MORE SADC COUNTRIES TURN TO WIND ENERGY

As power crisis continue to haunt the Southern Region, Zimbabwe has joined other member states in an effort to generate electricity using wind by establishing a pilot project in Mamina (Mashonaland West).

Harare – The pilot project is meant to study the viability of generating electricity using wind in the country to avert power crisis.

Wind energy, which involves using air to turn turbines and generate electricity, is regarded as one of the most reliable, cheap, renewable and clean form of power that does not pollute the environment as compare to other types such as thermal. Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge said government was doing all it can to produce adequate power.

“We want to explore all avenues to produce adequate power for the country, wind energy included. We are already running a wind energy pilot project in Mamina to see how feasible it is if implemented in the country,” Undenge said. Experts contend that wind energy potential exist in most parts of Zimbabwe for wind pumping and other mechanical conversion systems, with utilizable wind speeds ranging from 2,6 metres per second(m/s)  to about 4 m/s.

Generally most parts of the country have a good wind energy resource averaging 3, 2 m/s all year round, good enough for wind pumping except areas around Kariba (Mashonaland Central). Areas around Bulawayo and some selected areas in the Eastern Highlands (Manicaland) have potential for power generation application since the most prevalent wind speeds range from 4 to 6 m/s.

These wind speed ranges have a high frequency and time distributions to give satisfactory power generation resumes.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has set itself a target of generating 20 percent of the region’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2025. Other SADC member states currently leading the quest on how to harness the vast wind potential that lies unexploited in the region are Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa Madagascar and Namibia.

According to the African Development Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to provide more than 170 gigawatts (GW) of additional power using wind far more than the sub-region’s current installations

provided other forms, apart from thermal and hydro are exploited.

These are solar and wind. Wind farms are also relatively easier to construct – as it takes about twelve months to build one with a capacity to generate 100 MW.

Zimbabwe Power Company managing director Noah Gwariro said generating energy using wind was pollution free. “Wind energy is really something which SADC can turn to, South Africa and other regional countries are already doing it.

Of course in the earlier days it may distort the skyline, but people will get used to it,” Gwariro said.

Some of the current wind farms in Southern Africa include two facilities in South Africa’s Western Cape Province (Klipheuwel and Darling); various 21 kilowatts wind/solar hybrids in Malawi. A 10 MW pilot project in Chicumbane in Mozambique is also under development.

In addition, Belgian green electricity company, Electrawinds, has begun the construction of a wind turbine in the harbor of Coega, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The development is the first phase of a large wind farm that, in time, will comprise 25 wind turbines.

The first large scale wind farm in South Africa became operational in 2014, and others are in planning and construction stages.

Most of these are earmarked for locations along the Eastern Cape coastline. Eskom has constructed one small scale prototype windfarm at Klipheuwel in the Western Cape and another demonstrator site is near Darling with phase 1 completed.

In terms of future capacity building, wind power is expected to play a marginally bigger role in providing energy. Of the total new generation projects that came on board in Southern Africa in 2011, wind energy comprised 1, 5 percent.

This came entirely from a 25 MW project in the Lesotho highlands. In 2012 alone, 3,6 percent of new generation projects was wind power.

These included a 100 MW project from an Independent Power Producer (IPP) in South Africa and a 40 MW IPP project in Luderitz, Namibia. In 2013, a 40 MW wind project from an IPP in South Africa’s Eastern Cape made up one percent of the entire new generation capacity that came on stream during that year.

Despite the projects that have already been announced, South Africa was promoting 2,500 MW of wind power by end of last year. According to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), compared to other parts of the world, wind energy generation in Southern Africa still has a long way to go.

The world’s top five wind energy producers are currently the United States (installed capacity of 35,064 MW), China (25,805 MW), Germany (25,777 MW), Spain (19,149 MW) and India (10,926MW).

Apart from generating electricity, wind energy can also be used to pump water for agricultural purposes among other uses.

Wind turbines use the wind’s kinetic energy to generate electrical energy that can be used in homes and businesses. Individual wind turbines can be used to generate electricity on a small scale – to power a single home, for example.

A large number of wind turbines grouped together, sometimes known as a wind farm or wind park, can generate electricity on a much larger scale.

A wind turbine works like a high-tech version of an old-fashioned windmill.

The wind blows on the angled blades of the rotor, causing it to spin, converting some of the wind’s kinetic energy into mechanical energy. Sensors in the turbine detect how strongly the wind is blowing and from which direction.

The rotor automatically turns to face the wind, and automatically brakes in dangerously high winds to protect the turbine from damage. A shaft and gearbox connect the rotor to a generator (, so when the rotor spins, so does the generator.

The generator uses an electromagnetic field to convert this mechanical energy into electrical energy.

The electrical energy from the generator is transmitted along cables to a substation.

Here, the electrical energy generated by all the turbines in the wind farm is combined and converted to a high voltage. The national grid uses high voltages to transmit electricity efficiently through the power lines to the homes and businesses that need it.

Here, other transformers reduce the voltage back down to a usable level. Wind power converts the kinetic energy in wind to generate electricity or mechanical power.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said achieving a 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 has the potential to increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly USD 1.3 trillion.

“This analysis provides compelling evidence that achieving the needed energy transition would not only mitigate climate change, but also stimulate the economy, improve human welfare and boost employment worldwide,” the agency said recently.

The improvements in human welfare, IRENA noted, would go well beyond gains in GDP thanks to a range of social and environmental benefits.

The impact of renewable energy deployment on welfare is estimated to be three to four times larger than its impact on GDP, with global welfare increasing as much as 3, 7 per cent.

Employment in the renewable energy sector would also increase from 9, 2 million global jobs today, to more than 24 million by 2030.

Source: theguardian


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Mosque renovated with sustainable, eco-friendly features

Badriya Jum’a Masjid was recently unveiled in India as the world’s first zero energy eco-friendly green mosque pioneered by Bearys Group. The mosque design has integrated Islamic architecture and sustainable technologies, the Deccan Herald newspaper reported.

Syed Mohamed Beary of Bearys Group said the important feature of the green building is that its entire energy requirement is met through hybrid renewable energy, both wind and solar.

“At a time when the world is passing through climate change crisis, the mosque demonstrates how sustainable developments can help in mitigating global warming,” he said.

The mosque was built 80 years ago. It was renovated 40 years ago.

“It is our little contribution in India’s march towards sustainable development,” Syed said, adding that he hopes the mosque will become a holistic place of worship where people from all over the world can come, pray and find true solace.

The mosque, built on 15,000 square feet of area, incorporates greenery in and around. The cooling of the building is achieved by using elements of nature. The building orientation minimizes solar heat gain.

The L-shaped building plan and elevated nature of the prayer hall, green vegetation and water tanks around it offer a naturally cooled environment. The solar heat reflecting terrace floor, laid with white China mosaics and fitted with turbo vents, not only keep the prayer space cool, but also reduces warming of local microclimate, Syed said.

The building’s open envelope with sunrays travelling and non-conducting glass reinforced concrete (GRC) with more than 50 percent openings increases natural ventilation.

Natural cooling of the building is accentuated by the wind scoop on a 70-foot multifunctional Minaret (from where the Azan, the call for prayer is given), which forces a down draft of cool breezes into the prayer hall and supports the tower structure with the wind turbine mounted atop.

Use of hybrid renewable energy (wind and solar energy) in the mosque will produce more energy than used by the mosque, thus feeding energy to the state grid and accruing energy credits for the next 25 years.

“Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Regenerate” technology has been implemented with low-flow water fixtures.

Source: proudgreenbuilding


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UCT shines in South Africa’s first Greenovate Awards

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Young environmental innovators from the University of Cape Town scooped both first and second prizes in the inaugural Growthpoint Greenovate Awards, which recognise innovation linked to environmental challenges.

The awards programme is an exciting initiative launched by Growthpoint Properties in association with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) earlier this year. It is designed to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably.

The Growthpoint Greenovate Awards was piloted at the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria in 2015. For its premier programme, students were challenged to come up with ideas that would result in a research project that promotes a more sustainable built environment. Their projects could be applied to any aspect of a building – design, development, planning, construction, materials – anything that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter.

Werner van Antwerpen, head of sustainability at South Africa’s largest JSE-listed REIT, Growthpoint Properties, explains: “Everyone is a winner when innovation for a greener, healthier, more sustainable environment is nurtured. The university students taking part in the Greenovate Awards, and the winners in particular, presented pioneering projects. Their smart and inspiring thinking shows how we can drive green building thinking forward, to ensure a better, greener future.”

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch on 26 November 2015, with keynote speaker, well-known innovator and business leader, Michael Jordaan, who is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Montegray Capital. Groups from each of the participating university competed internally first, with the two top projects from each chosen as the six finalists.

The first ever winners of the Greenovate Awards are the UCT team of Rowan McKenzie, Dijon Ross and Miekie van der Merwe, with supervisor Saul Nurick. They focused on the role of the IPD Green Property Indicator in the South African property market.

This team of outstanding young green innovators took home R30,000 in prize money. They will also be fully sponsored to attend the GBCSA’s Green Building Convention in 2016. Here they will present their research project to property professionals and green leaders from around the country and across the continent. They will also be treated to green building tours to get an insider’s perspective on some of South Africa’s most innovative green buildings.

The UCT team taking second place, supervised by Dr Kathy Michell, comprised Alex Demetrious, Daniel Searle and Ken Toplis. They examined urban facilities management and the development of a sustainability rating tool for urban precincts. These students used the Central City Improvement District (CCID) of Cape Town as their case study. The team earned a prize of R8,000 for their insightful project, as well as tickets to the Green Building Convention in 2016. They will join the winning team on the green building tours.

The third placed group of young green thinkers came from University of the Witwatersrand. The team included Amy McGregor, Thabo Mthuthu and Wardah Peters, and was supervised by Dr Dave Root. This group of Wits students researched an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) Framework to improve sustainability and green building practice in the construction industry. They won R2,000, tickets to the Green Building Convention 2016 and a place on the green building tours.

Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA, who was also one of the competition judges says: “The award entries were all of an outstanding calibre. They show an exciting new wave of green thinking. Equally inspiring is the exposure that the many property, construction and quantity surveying third year and honours level students are getting to green building principles as a result the Growthpoint Greenovate Awards Programme. By learning about green building and sustainability early in their careers, the positive impacts this next generation of property professionals will have on our urban environment will benefit all South Africans hugely.”

Wilkinson was joined on the judging panel by Neil Gopal, CEO of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Moeketsi Thobela who is CEO of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and Technical Director for Buildings at Aurecon, Martin Smith.

For Greenovate Award participants the benefits go well beyond winning a prize. The programme provides students with an opportunity to work with leading green building thinkers in Greenovate workshops with industry professionals.

Van Antwerpen says the success of this year’s competition will see the awards programme becoming much bigger in coming years. “Based on the positive response from the universities, this programme to recognise and encourage environmentally innovative thinking among South Africa’s future property leaders is poised to grow.”

Ultimately, the Growthpoint Greenovate Awards programme will be made available to all universities in the country with the appropriate built environment faculties.

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Rural roads critical to meeting developmental goals

The development of rural road infrastructure and public transport services remains critical to the delivery of South Africa’s – and other African States’ – developmenta agenda, requiring meticulous planning that ties in with the socioeconomic needs of the host communities, delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference heard on Monday.

Describing rural road transport development as a policy “blindspot”, International Forum for Rural Transport and Development regional coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa Peter Njenga said such infrastructure was nonetheless key to transitioning rural African populations out of poverty.

“A road is not just a road in rural areas, but must be linked to the livelihoods of those [that use it] and must provide access to market. Rural transport needs to focus on the development outcomes and should consider the communities in which they are established, which are often [poor and] dispersed,” he commented.

Njenga added that there was recognition that low-population densities and dispersed economies in rural areas impeded the growth of market-driven and competitive transport services in Africa. While policy focused on the development of rural access roads, little consideration was given to the “nonexistence” of the market conditions required to support rural transport services, which he described as the “software” that linked rural populations to markets, livelihoods and basic services. “To integrate people living in rural areas into the economic and social mainstream, there is a need to create the incentive structures that are necessary to stimulate rural transport services,” he said.

Njenga further cited a need to develop a methodology of collecting data on transport services prior to road infrastructure planning in rural areas. Such a study should include consideration of passenger fares to determine the price at which rural populations could afford to use public transport services, both for personal transport and the transport of small freight by rural traders and farmers. Road planners should also investigate the modal composition of traffic along existing rural roads, many of which carry various transport modes, including conventional, nonconventional, motorised and nonmotorised transport modes.

“Studies should also be undertaken into the frequency of public transport services that will be required, as well as the number of competing transport services, and investigate how they can ensure reliability of the service, which remains very important for rural users,” he noted. The accessibility of the road should also be taken into consideration, undertaken in combination with an in-depth assessment of the catchment population along the area of service.

Njenga’s assertions came a month after Transport Minister Dipuo Peters acknowledged during her Budget Vote address that South Africa’s provinces faced “serious” challenges in dealing with road maintenance and rehabilitation backlogs owing to shortages in budget allocations. This despite the provinces, according to the budget review, improving their spending on the S’hamba Sonke programmme – government’s rural road development programme – by 100% in 2014/15, with spending set to be maintained in the current financial year.

Through the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant, the budget allocation for S’hamba Sonke in 2014/15 was R9.4-billion for 725 projects. In the current financial year, provinces would receive an allocation of R9.8-billion for the 1 102 approved projects, with R1.3-billion awarded under the programme to the Eastern Cape, R1.8-billion to KwaZulu-Natal,
R998-million to Limpopo,
R1.7-billion to Mpumalanga, R1.1-billion to the Free State,
R456-million to Gauteng, R822-million to the North West, R859-million to the Western Cape and R788-million to the Northern Cape.

Source: engineeringnews


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South Africa: Last Day of WEF Africa 2015

Pretoria — The World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa 2015 will wrap up later today after a host of ministers participate in various sessions.

Friday’s programme will include amongst others, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan, speaking at a session on financial integrity, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe attending a session on migration inside and outside Africa, Minister of Science and technology Naledi Pandor in a session on transforming Africa’s economies and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi in a session entitled The Big News.

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is expected to participate in a session on Africa’s economic outlook.

It emerged from the Cape Town summit on Thursday that a future characterised by growth, development and prosperity will be critical to a reimagined Africa.

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This comes after President Jacob Zuma said a pre-condition required for the growth and development of the continent is a commitment to good governance and constitutional democracy.

He said this will lay the basis for the private sector on the continent and investors, to contribute to national growth and development targets, which further contributes to continental growth and development.

On Thursday, day two of the forum being held under the theme: “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”, participants from around the world engaged meaningfully and robustly, emphasising that South Africa is open for business.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom carried forward the message that South Africa is committed to ensuring an open immigration policy that enables tourists and investors alike to enter the country.

It emerged from the Cape Town summit on Thursday that a future characterised by growth, development and prosperity will be critical to a reimagined Africa.

This comes after President Jacob Zuma said a pre-condition required for the growth and development of the continent is a commitment to good governance and constitutional democracy.

He said this will lay the basis for the private sector on the continent and investors, to contribute to national growth and development targets, which further contributes to continental growth and development.

On Thursday, day two of the forum being held under the theme: “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”, participants from around the world engaged meaningfully and robustly, emphasising that South Africa is open for business.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom carried forward the message that South Africa is committed to ensuring an open immigration policy that enables tourists and investors alike to enter the country.

To deliver on the promise of development of the economy and citizens, this mineral wealth must be supported by beneficiation and industrialisation. This is key to national, and continental growth and development.

Also speaking at the WEF Africa 2015 on Thursday was Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

He said the South African produced Lodox scanner, a low-dose, full body x-ray scanner, builds on technology developed in the mining industry and is now an example of South Africa’s ingenuity and innovation.

The scanner has also been profiled on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

According to Minister Patel, the scanner is being used increasingly in the public health sector.

Source: allafrica


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