KDM leads the charge on climate change actions

2018-10-17 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedRebecca Cameron, Professional Officer on Climate Change, Energy & Resilience at ICLEI Africa, at the workshop.

PHOTO: suppliedRebecca Cameron, Professional Officer on Climate Change, Energy & Resilience at ICLEI Africa, at the workshop.

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KWADUKUZA Municipality (KDM) was applauded for providing leadership on global climate change interventions on the African continent at the Climate Action Co-ordination Workshop, held at Ocean Reef Hotel in Zinkwazi recently.

The workshop looked at climate change mitigation strategies and how the municipality will be dealing with the effects of carbon emissions across mainstream service departments under the theme “Mainstreaming Climate Change in the IDP”.

Rebecca Cameron, a Professional Officer on Climate Change, Energy & Resilience at the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Africa, commended KwaDukuza’s efforts on climate change actions, saying: “KwaDukuza Municipality is taking a leading role in climate action, regionally and globally, as evidenced through being a member of ICLEI, being the first secondary city in Africa that is compliant with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change & Energy.”

At the event, officials committed to reduce carbon footprints and to play their roles in climate change actions aimed at promoting a responsive and service-delivery-orientated organisation.

KwaDukuza Municipality is a member of the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, which is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development.

ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.

KDM is also one of the few South African municipalities to have signed the Compact of Mayors and continues to report globally on efforts on promoting climate change and energy efficiency.

This approach fulfils its vision of being a competitive and global player as it progresses towards becoming a sustainable city by 2030.

KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu has made enormous progress in accelerating sustainable socio-economic development together with leading cities within the African continent and abroad, drawing from his contributions to the knowledge economy for affordable access to broadband and usage of Information Communication Technologies (ICT).

In February, Mthembu signed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy together with international cities and local governments who share a long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move towards a low emission, resilient society.

In 2015, Mayor Mthembu signed the largest coalition of city leaders in dealing with climate change challenges. He is amongst thirty-six leading mayors who have declared to comply with the new international Compact of Mayors. This is a global coalition of mayors and city leaders who have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions, track progress on climate change and prepare for impacts of gas emissions.

The Compact also allows municipalities to secure funds from the international community in their concerted efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

He also signed the Durban Adaptation Charter, committing Council to local climate interventions that will assist KwaDukuza to decisively respond and cope with climate change risks; and participated in the Transform Africa Summit 2017 (SMART Summit), convened in the Rwandan capital Kigal, which looks at promoting municipalities towards sustainability, social and economic growth through ICT’s.

When he visited Rwanda last year, Mayor Mthembu emphasised the advancement of technological infrastructure as a means to an end.

“It holds true that some of the major requirements for KwaDukuza to become a vibrant city by the year 2030 is to make technological progress so that we are able to stimulate job creation and build a stronger economy”, he said.

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