eThekwini Municipality partners with Canadian university

2016-04-06 11:07

Durban – The eThekwini Municipality on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with a Canadian university to work together on various projects focusing on environmental sustainability, the City said.

Municipal spokesperson Thulani Mbatha said the memorandum was signed, by City Manager Sibusiso Sithole, with the Canadian Simon Fraser University at the 4th Research Symposium at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Mbatha said: "As a pilot project, the partnership will be fixed for a year, and will involve the placing of volunteers within the city as part of the Canadian international youth internship programme.

"The MOA expands the city’s partnership with universities at an international level, bringing a global perspective to the interaction with tertiary institutions."

Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said: "Our municipality has played an important leadership role in the coordination of the learning agenda around strategic planning, sustainable development and urban local governance in cities on the continent.

"So it is very significant that our academic partners work alongside us in ensuring that we support the developmental agenda of not only our city, but our continent as well."

Simon Fraser University’s Jane McRae said: "This partnership is an important step in developing our youth and helping them to become global citizens. This is indeed a unique partnership that brings the city and research together to make well informed decisions."

University of KwaZulu-Natal Vice Chancellor Dr Albert van Jaarsveld said: "This is a significant engagement which gives tertiary institutions the platform to expose their post-graduate students to the kind of research that both the city and academia need to succeed together."


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