Cape Town not so behind

2015-11-24 06:00

After spending a chilly week in Malmo, Sweden on the invitation of a Swedish NGO on an inter-municipal knowledge exchange partnership, it’s good to be back in the Mother City.

Apart from the warmer weather, Cape Town’s unique spirit of hospitality and natural beauty is incomparable to anywhere in the world.

However, some vital sustainable and renewable energy game-changing plans relating to everyday smart living can be learnt from the Swedes.

Like the Netherlands, cycling is a way of life in Sweden, despite inclement weather. Whether you’re a toddler of two years or an octogenarian, a daily sea of commuting cyclists use the inner-city road networks.

Malmo City spends much of its budget (57%) on educating its citizens and especially its school pupils on the importance of developing a green economy, implementing practical initiatives such as the use of non-motorised transport to reduce carbon emissions and planting communal vegetable gardens on most available spaces. Recycling, reducing and reusing its waste is another no-brainer. Like most first-world countries households are encouraged to separate all domestic waste and appropriate storage facilities adjoin residential complexes. Hence, there is no need for landfills.

I am pleased to report that the City of Cape Town is not lagging far behind, and have set in motion its own sustainable and renewable energy resource and smart living strategies. My Swedish counterparts were ecstatic about how far the City of Cape Town had progressed in respect of its achievements and subsequent future engagements are planned.

The aforesaid information relating to the City of Cape Town initiatives may be found by visiting www.cityofcapetown.co.za.

Mark Kleinschmidt, Kenwyn

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