Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Sustainability Week 2019 – Here’s what you need to know

Sustainability WeekThe 9th annual Sustainability Week is scheduled for this week. It incorporates the 2nd Sustainable Cities Southern Africa Conference and will facilitate a southern African multi-sector dialogue.

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Due to the dire effects of climate change, widespread environmental and human health challenges, it is now more important than ever to discuss solutions, as well as economic development and stimulus.

Global Sustainability Week aims to bring together national, local government and private sector leaders to discuss actions and implementation across various sub-sectors.

The 2019 Sustainability Week is sponsored by BASF, Low Carbon Transport South Africa, the Council for Geoscience, Old Mutual, the South African National Energy Development Institute, and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa, amongst others.

Sustainability Week: Key topics

The Sustainable Week conference will take place at the CSIR Internationa Convention Centre (ICC) in the City of Tshwane from 24 June to 26 June. The key topics on this year’s agenda include sustainable cities, water and infrastructure, as well as youth unemployment and a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Leaders and experts will discuss critical points and introduce potential solutions towards South Africa’s water crisis, droughts, floods, as well as storage and supply infrastructure to provide water for those in need.

The conference moderators will also discuss the youth’s ability to create innovative solutions with regards to environmental issues, while city planners will look at the smart city implementation and the collaboration opportunities between public and private sectors.

Further to that, experts will discuss ways to bring transport projects to fruition, as transport infrastructure is “the backbone of the economy and a key enabler for other infrastructures projects.”

Sustainability Week speakers:

  • Dudu Mkhwanazi, Chief Executive Officer of Project Isizwe, the South African non-profit organization that advocates for free internet access within walking distance of every citizen in low-income communities.
  • Dr Petrus de Kock, Analyst and GM of Research at Brand South Africa.
  • Sabelo Mhlanga, Founder and CEO of SabiNano (Pty) Ltd since, a nanotech-based company focussing on the manufacturing of carbon-based nanomaterials for research and industrial applications.
  • Pravashen Naidoo is the Founder and CEO of EWaste Africa.
  • Tshiamo Dichabe, a dynamic professional with expertise in business strategy conceptualization, policy development and programme management.
  • Corrie van der Wath, an experienced engineer, successful businessman, dedicated mentor and visionary leader.
  • Oluwole Olutola, a postdoctoral research fellow with the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, APK Campus, University of Johannesburg.
  • Melusile Ndlovu is a Capacity Building Specialist on the USAID-funded South Africa Low Emissions Development Program (SALED).
  • Nhlanhla Lucky Ngidi, a registered professional engineer with ECSA, and a member of the SAIEE.
  • Elmond Khoza, co-founder and executive chairman of Lamo Solar, a fast growing engineering, procurement and construction solar photovoltaic firm.
  • Emmanuel Ekosse is a doctoral researcher at the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (UNISA SBL).
  • Dr Michele Kruger specializes in Water and Wastewater Treatmentdesign as an Associate Director at CSVwater Consulting Engineers.

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