Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Mr Nkosiphendule Kolisile, celebrated the graduation of 31 postgraduate students from the CoachLab™ leadership programme at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria yesterday afternoon.
If Johannesburg is to realise its goal of becoming a world-class African City, then it needs to put a specific focus on governance and service delivery. This was the message from councillor Matshidiso Mfikoe who spoke at the Gauteng Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan (GIIMP) conference in Sandton recently. He was speaking on behalf of the City of Johannesburg.
Gauteng has once again proven itself as a destination of choice for international conferences.
According to research from the United Nations, cities take up a mere 2% of the world’s land mass, but account for 80% of the world’s energy consumption, 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and 60% of our water consumption. With rapid urbanisation on the agenda in many growth countries, cities need to become smarter and greener if they are serious about coping with change in the coming years.
“The population dynamics projected for the next 40 years should spur us into action”
Peter Temple from the Actuarial Society of South Africa recently addressed the Gauteng Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan Conference in Gauteng and he pulled up this fascinating table of population growth rates from across the globe.
Makiwane has compared the population pyramid of Gauteng versus the Eastern Cape which has a significantly higher level of youth – and ultimately – migrant labour.
Prof. Monde Makiwane from the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) recently presented at the GIIMP conference in Sandton and presented some fascinating statistics about the changing face of the Gauteng population.
Imagine cities with sparkling canals, lush parks, spruce residential villages and a well-functioned integrated public transport system with minimal traffic congestion. Sounds like heaven on earth? It doesn’t have to be a pipedream – ask the small city-state Singapore, which today boasts an infrastructure and enviable living space that are in many instances better than most first-world economies.
A rapidly growing population sharing limited resources such as land, energy, water and infrastructure, including roads and housing, is the current reality for Gauteng. The situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. South Africa’s economic bastion also faces challenges of creating sustainable economic opportunities, while bridging the gulf between its poor and the well off