Tshwane voted most sustainable city

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. Photo: Keitumetse Maako

Tshwane metro has been voted the most committed sustainable city in a recent survey.

This is according to a report by Reputation Matters, which surveyed 15 African capital cities and analysed their reputation as sustainable along a range of criteria.

The research, a pilot project ahead of Sustainability Week, included responses from both the private and public sectors, mainly from South Africa.

Reputation Matters said although not statistically representative, the findings remained valuable as a baseline for further research.

“Regarding sustainability, African cities are reportedly doing well at renewable energy, youth development and communication with the public. They are challenged by increased urbanisation, infrastructure development and the political climate.”

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According to Reputation Matters, the cities of Tshwane, Cape Town and Johannesburg all performed very well, acknowledging that credit needed to go to the mayor Solly Msimanga who has championed sustainability through the city sustainability unit located in his office.

“It is our political commitment to the realisation that the future belongs to those who fully embrace the transition to a low-carbon economy and take decisive action for a just and inclusive future for all,” said Msimanga.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to this ethos through our emphasis on improved governance, characterised by ambitious sustainable policy actions and a streamlined institutional framework premised on providing climate-sensitive service delivery aimed at improving the socio-economic wellbeing of our people.”

The city’s water management was said to be a contributing factor to Tshwane outperforming other South African cities in perceived sustainability.

When asked about the city’s future plans to raise its sustainability perceptions, Msimanga said: “Informed by our current IDP, and with technical assistance from our partners such as C40 and ICLEI we, through our city sustainability unit, have embarked on an ambitious climate action planning process aimed at mainstreaming climate-change considerations into all departmental plans and programmes. This will entail a sustained shift in patterns of city investments towards the greening of basic services such as public transport, housing, waste and biodiversity management, energy and water.”

Sustainability Week is currently taking place at the CSIR International Convention Centre, with the aim of promoting sustainability across the continent.

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