All eyes on PMB for 2039

2009-10-15 00:00

PLACES are still open for the two-day strategic city summit aimed at planning Pietermaritzburg’s future for the next 30 years.

The summit is an initiative of the city’s three big players — Msunduzi Municipality, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business. The theme is “Living the Future: Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi 2010-2030.” The summit will be held on October 20 and 21 at the Conference Centre in the Golden Horse Casino.

Among the key speaker is the national Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Yunus Carrim, a Pietermaritzburg resident.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Mamphela Ramphele, a former vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town and the first African to become a managing director of the World Bank. She was one of the leading South Africans who took part in what has become known as the “Dinokeng Scenarios.” This was a strategic think-tank that looked at what needs to be done to build a future that lives up to the promises of a democratic future for South Africa.

Ramphele will be speaking on relevant planning challenges for creating sustainable cities.

ACCORDING to the organisers, delegates at the summit will not only be contributing to defining the future of Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi and surroundings. They will also:

• Learn about critical factors affecting sustainable cities;

• Develop an understanding of issues affecting Msunduzi;

• Network with local and international experts;

• Interact with government decision makers;

• Meet key business leaders in KZN.

For details and to register, call 033 386 0416 or e-mail or visit the website at

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