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African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF)

Day 1 (24 June 2019)
Programme Director: Ms Iman Rappetti and Mr Victor Kgomoeswana
Collective responsibility for sustainable African capital cities

08:00 – 08:45 - Registration  

08:45 – 09:00 - Entertainment 

Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) Choir

09:00 – 09:10

Singing of the African Union Anthem & South African National Anthem - TMPD Choir 

09:10 – 09:15 - Welcoming Remarks

Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, City of Tshwane

09:15 – 09:30 - Opening Address

His Worship: Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane 

09:30 – 10:00 - Capital Cities Mayoral Procession

Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, City of Tshwane
His Worship: Cllr. Stevens MokgalapaExecutive Mayor
His Excellency Ambassador. Bene L. M'PokoDean of the Diplomatic Corps 

10:00 – 10:15 - Message of support

His Excellency Ambassador Bene L. M'Poko, Ambassador of the DRC, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in South Africa

10:15 – 11:00 - Keynote Address:

The Power of Cities on the Continent

Honourable Dr.Nkosazana Clarice DlaminiZuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

11:00 – 11:30 - Tea/Coffee break

- Dr Maryna Möhr, Environmental & Sustainability Sollutions

- Dr Henk Coetzee, Council for Geoscience

15:25 - 16:30 Cocktails and Networking

11:30 – 11:45 - ACCSF in response to the challenges facing cities


11:45 – 12:30 - Panel:

Together, we are building resilience to climate change and investing in disaster risk reduction 

Present current work underway to build resilience in African cities and how this is strengthen by collaboration with other cities, research institutions, and non-government stakeholders.

Moderator: Mr Hastings Chikoko, C40 Africa Regional Chair
- Honourable MueseeKazapua, Mayor of Windhoek City Council  
- Honourable Emmanuel Miles Sampa,Mayor of Lusaka City Council 
- Dr Christopher Jack, Principal Scientific Officer, Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG) 
- Honourable Cllr. KagisoThutlwe, Mayor, City of Gaborone, Botswana 
- Honourable AssaneSeydou, Mayor of Niamey 
- Ms Rebecca Cameron, Professional Officer ICLEI Africa   

12:30 – 13:30 - Lunch(Mayors to record video vignettes)

13:30 – 14:15 - Surabaadaye – shape the future

African youth representatives will share multiple perspectives on urban sustainability, equity, innovation, and economics, curated from youth across the continent.

Moderator: Ms ZamantungwaKhumalo, Supplements & Special Projects Editor, Mail and Guardian
- Ms KhodaniMulaudzi, WWF 
- Cllr KwenaMoloto, Ubunto Box Initiative 
- Ms BoipeloLekwane, AgangBokamoso
- Ms Tshegofatso Matlou, Youth@SAIIA

14:15 – 15:30 Panel: Shaping Equitable, Resource Efficient African Cities

This panel explores the imperative to improve quality of life for urban residents, while needing to invest in appropriate and resource-efficient infrastructures that reduce the global impact of cities

Moderator: Prof M. Swilling, Chairman of the Board, DBSA, Director of Sustainability Programme, Stellenbosch University
- Honourable Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor, City Johannesburg 
- MrYounessChekroun, Deputy Mayor,Rabat Local Government 
- ProfHeba Khalil, Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, Cairo University
- Prof D Mwamfupe, Lord Mayor of Dodoma, Tanzania 
- Prof Nicholas OtienohOguge, Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, University of Nairobi   

15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Entertainment

16:00 – 16:30 

- Social & Environmental Justice Ms Lebo Mashile, Presenter, Actress And Activist 

16:30 – 17:15 Panel - What Next: African Capital Cities & Sustainability

Moderator: Mr XolileGeorge, South African Local Government Association (SALGA) CEO
- His Worship: Cllr Steven Mokgalapa, Executive Mayor, City of Tshwane 
- Prof Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor University of Pretoria 


African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF)

Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Programme Director: Cllr Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge, Member of Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport

08:30 – 09:00 - Entertainment 

09:00 – 09:15 Opening & Recap of day 1

- His Worship, Cllr. Stevens Mokgalapa,
- Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane 

09:15 –09:45 Key Note Address

- Honourable David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province(TBC)

09:45 – 10:45 Finance& Governance for Sustainable Cities – issues & mechanisms 

Moderator: Dr.GeciKaruri-SebinaSouth African Cities Network

- Conrad Kassier, Energy and Climate Portfolio Coordinator | Energy Systems &  Infrastructure United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Dr Benni K. Lekubu, Senior Academic, College of Law, UNISA 
- Cllr. Mare-Lise Fourie, Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance, City of Tshwane 
- Ms KhanyiChaba, Head of Responsible Business, Old Mutual Limited 
- Mr Carl BERNADAC, Deputy Regional Director, AgenceFrançaise De Développement (AFD) 
- Mr Stephen Seaka,Managing Executive Head: Public Sector Absa Group

10:45 -11:15 Tea break & Group photo 

Mayoral Roundtable (Closed session)

Programme Director: Cllr Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge, Member of Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport

11:15 – 11:30 Objectives of the roundtable 

Ms Nachi Majoe, Manager: Urban Systems & Strategic Alliances, ICLEI Africa

11:30 – 12:30 Situation room: What should my City look like?

Interactive session designed for deep engagement between Mayors of Capital Cities Climate; Resilience; Sustainable urban resource management; Biodiversity & Nature-based solutions; Localisation of Agenda 2063 & SDGs; Peer learning/ future of ACCSF& support desk 

Reflections & inputs
Facilitated by ICLEI Africa

12:30 – 12:45 ACCSF Secretariat formalisation & activation 

- Mr. Sello Mphaga, Divisional Head: City Sustainability, City of Tshwane 

12:45 – 13:00 Adoption of ACCSF Statement Programme Director

13:00 – 13:15 Closing Remarks 

- His Worship, Cllr. Stevens Mokgalapa,Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane

13:15 –14:15 Lunch & video vignettes

14:15 – 18:00 Free time 



Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Time: 9:00 - 14:00
Programme Director: Thabang Mashigo, Global Speaker and Business Strategist

The key objective of the Paris Agreement, as it affects Africa, is to drive and fund a knowledge and technology transfer to
develop Climate-Smart Resilient Cities. This technology transfer is already underway through the green economy, and requires greater levels of facilitation by more advanced cities that are leading by implementing smart sustainable service delivery and by creating intelligent private sector-enabling policy frameworks.

9:00 - 9:15 - Welcome Address 

Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, Executive Mayor City of Tshwane

9:20 - 9:45 Opening Address

- Honourable David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng  Province TBC

Finance & Governance for Sustainable Cities  issues & mechanisms Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina, South African Cities Network

The Panel (9:50 - 10:45)

- Conrad Kassier, Energy Department | Energy Systems &  Infrastructure Division, Energy and Climate Portfolio Coordinator, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

- Dr. Benni K Lekubu, Senior Academic, College of Law, UNISA

- Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie, Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance, City of Tshwane

- Khanyi Chaba, Head of Responsible  Business, Old Mutual Limited

- Stephen Seaka, Managing Executive Head: Public Sector, ABSA Group

11:00 - 11:30 Tea. Exhibition Viewing. Networking

The Panel (11:30 - 13:00)

- Christopher Campbell, CEO, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)

- Patson Malisa, Deputy President, Economic, Social &  Cultural Council, African Union 

- Tando Songwevu, Cultural Ambassador for South Africa

- Dr Benjamin Sirimba, Chairman, Afrika Rudi

- Mordekai Shumba, CEO, Territory Dynamic Africa (Pty) 

- Bea Hakula, President, Africa for Africa Women Empowerment

- Gavin Vickers, Head MHG Capital

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch. Exhibition Viewing. Networking


SUSTAINABILITY IN MINING SEMINAR in partnership with Council for Geoscience

Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Programme Director: Dionne Kerr, CEO, Siyakha

The mining industry uses a large number of natural resources, such as water, soil and minerals. While it is a vital industry which contributes to the economy of many countries, it can be damaging to the environment. In order to lessen their impact on the environment, mining companies should look into using sustainable equipment and waste disposal Procedures. They should also consider replenishing the local environment as often as possible, which will 
make the surrounding area habitable and able to return to a natural state once the mine has closed. Reducing both input and output of the mining process can also help to reduce the negative impact that mines have on the environment.

14:00 - 14:15 Opening and Welcome

Cllr Isak Pietersen, MMC Economic Development & Spacial Planning, City of Tshwane

The Panel (14:20 - 15:20) 

- Refilwe Shelembe, Executive Manager-Geological  Resources, Council for Geoscience

- Babalwa Fatyi, Director, Myezo Environmental Management Services

- Dr Maryna Möhr, Environmental & Sustainability Sollutions

- Dr Henk Coetzee, Council for Geoscience

- Danie Otto, Director, Digby Wells Environmental

- Mongezi Veti, Executive Head: Sustainability Exxaro

15:25 - 16:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A



Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Programme Director: Sakhile Dhlamini
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) offers huge potential to transform and realign our economies and societies. There
is an increasing realisation that the 4IR could also exacerbate problems for people and the planet”

14:00 - 14:15 Opening and Welcome

- Cllr Richard Moheta, MMC, Corporate and Shared Services, City of Tshwane

The Panel (14:20 - 15:30) 

- Musa Khumalo, Group Head: Shared Services, City of Tshwane

- Garth Williams, Technology Innovation Agency

- Pravashen Naidoo, CEO, eWaste Africa

- Herman Singh, Founder and CEO, Furture Advisory 

- Dr Sabelo Mhlanga, Founder and CEO, SabiNanoU, (Pty) Ltd

- Dudu Mkhwanazi, Project Isizwe

Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South Africa

15:30 - 16:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A

17:00 Cocktails and Networking



Day 3 (26 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Facilitator: Barry Bredenkamp, SANEDI

The new Integrated Resource Plan that South Africa released places emphasis on wind, gas and solar power as alternatives to coal, and as a means to advance the country’s goal of achieving sustainable electricity sources by
2030. Weighing heavily against wind and solar power is the dependence on weather conditions for optimal energy production. If more efficient storage solutions can be implemented, however, the energy generated can be stored
and released when necessary. This plan will greatly progress the sustainability agenda and reduce the need for coal.  .

09h00 – 11h00 Session 1  Sustainability and Role of Digitalization in Energy Management

Welcome Address: Cllr Abel Tau, MMC: Utility Services, City of Tshwane

Facilitator: Barry Bredenkamp 

The Panel:

- Nhlanhla Ngidi, Head of Electricity and Energy, South African Local Government Association (Salga)
Benefits and barriers of implementing renewable energy in the City

- Melusile Ndlovu, Capacity Building Specialist, USAID/ SA-LED Programme, Chemonics International
Navigating the regulatory processes to deliver a municipal small-scale project.

• Municipalities always find the regulatory environment very restrictive for small-scale municipal projects
• Need to attract private finance. 
• Evidence based project development (data requirements on water flows & pressures)  
• First of its kind/scale municipal hydropower project. 

- Corrie van der Wath, CEO, Matleng Energy Solutions

The future of energy:

• The current energy distribution
• Different energy sources for the future
• Renewable energy  
• Storage 
• Internet of things / energy 

- Sheldon Bode, Energy Drive  Consultant, EnMS expert 

- Hendrik de Villiers, Engineering Manager, Hulamin 
Stop and think Digital. It saves your resources and supports your sustainability

- Sashay Ramdharee, Project Manager, NCPC-SA
Digitalization and 4IR – views and case studies based on the experience of the IEE Project

Audience participation Q & A

11h30 – 13h00 Session 2  South Africa’s Cogeneration Tipping Point and Shift to Solar Thermal


- Barry Bredenkamp -  Facilitator
Intro to session & theme
Input linked to policy environment as it affects the theme

- Mokale Rasetlola, Director: Technical Support & Technology Management, City of Tshwane
Benefits and barriers of implementing renewable energy in the City

- Dr Peter Klein, Senior Researcher: Energy Supply, CSIR Energy Centre 
Getting solar thermal into industrial processes; opportunities for waste heat recovery

- Moses Motaung, CEO, Madikela Engineering Solutions and Chairman of the Esco Association
Will address topic of cogeneration generally, based on his experience

- Dr Ulrich Averech, Integrated Expert: Energy Efficiency, SANEDI

Audience participation Q & A



Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Programme Director: Thabang Mashigo

City planners in emerging and developed economies are recognising the importance of technological solutions to
logistical problems and as a means to improve the standard of living. The key to smart city implementation is the successful collaboration between the public and private sectors, with a substantial focus on incorporating and utilising new  technologies.

14:00 - 14:15 Opening and Welcome

- Cllr Abel Tau, MMC, Utility Services, City of Tshwane

The Panel (14:20 - 15:20)

- Sonia Lediga, Acting Director: Contact Center Operations City of Tshwane

- Dr Marco Macagnano, Lead: Real Estate, Deloitte

- Thabang Byl, Head: Building Products, Siemens South Africa

- Nick Mannie -  Strategic Leader, Ideation, Innovator

- Emmanuel Ekosse, Doctoral researcher, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership

- Tom Hou, Africa Project Manager, Borcar New Energy Investment Co. Ltd

16:30 - Cocktails and Networking



Day 2 (25 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
Programme Director: Dr Ronnie McKenzie , MD, WRP

Water related risk includes direct physical risks, droughts and floods, threats to storage and supply infrastructure. Social
risks include water access and allocations and for business, production is at risk.

14:00 - 14:15 Opening and Welcome

- Cllr Dikeledi Selowa, Chairperson, Section 79 Committee of Utility Services, City of Tshwane

The Panel (14:20 - 16:00) 

- Dumisani Gubuza, Director, Water Resources, City of Tshwane

- Dr Michelle Kruger, Associate Director, CSV Water

- Prof Sylvester Mpandeli, Executive Manager: Water Utilisation in Agric, Water Research Commission

- Dr Valerie Naidoo, Chairman, Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA)

- Chule Qalase, Project Manager, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa

- Dr Francis Nsubuga, University of Pretoria

- Ashton Drummond, Aveng Water

17:00 Cocktails and Networking



Day 2 ( 25 June 2019)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: CSIR ICC, Emerald 
Driving a Sustainable and Just Energy Transition in the African Mobility Sector

14h00 -  14h10 Opening and Welcome

Conrad Kassier (UNIDO)

Session 1: Macroeconomic Impacts of Electro Mobility Adoption for Developing Nations

There is a rapid diversion of energy for mobility towards electric vehicles (EVs). The transition to electro-mobility  has been underway for some years and South Africa needs to plan and implement policies to manage the negative transition impacts and find ways to capatilise on the positive impacts of embracing more efficient energy solutions and technologies available to achieve sustainable mobility to meet national goals.

14h10 -  14h30 Case Study:  Exploring the policy impacts of a transition to electric mobility in South Africa Anthony - Dane (Change Pathways)

14h30 - 15h30 Panel:  What policies are required to enable a conducive e-mobility environment in South Africa? Do we have enough support to develop and guide policy for this sector? What changes need to be made to the existing regulatory framework to support EV industry governance? With so many emerging players in the industry, how do we achieve standardization to improve the efficiency in sustainable transport industries? Are we promoting rapid developments to facilitate adoption? How can we improve? How do we ensure social justice through the electrification of mobility?


- Bopang Khutsoane (DoT), 
- Orika Orrie (Eskom),
- Tebogo Snyer (SANEDI),
- Merina Willemse (GTAC),
- Andre Van Niekerk (CoJ)
- Mike Krynauw (CoT)

Session 2: The Smart Mobility Ecosystem- Transport for smart cities

The EV industry is diverse and is organized into an ecosystem offering numerous opportunities of exploration for  international and local industry players. While issues such as job security remain a concern, it is evident that embracing new technologies opens new industries and socio-economic benefits. 

15h30h - 15h50 - Presentation:  Electro-mobility Infrastructure ecosystem, electric vehicle applications and interfacing with the grid - Hiten Parmar (uYilo)

15h50 - 16h50 - Panel: Integration has been a challenge in traditional transport systems, do we  experience similar challenges in EV infrastructure deployment? Are grid pressures a fact or myth? What are the existing barriers to efficient operations for local EV usinesses? Do EVs and smart grids present an opportunity for SA? What parts of the EV ecosystem can we localise for economic growth? 

Panelists: Khanyiselo Khumalo (GreenCape), Dr Nalini Pillay (Eskom),  Balla Masemola (Affordable Solar), Benson Manu (Stellenbosch University), Fezile Dhlamini (SA Green Scooter)

Ashanti Mogosetsi (UNIDO)



Day 3 (26 June 2019)
Time: 09:00 - 14:00
Programme Director: TBC

An interactive session that empowers participants to lead the conversation around innovative waste management. The focus is on tangible outcomes with realistic timelines. Participants build plans for collaborative action, using workshop-style engagement facilitated by experts in diverse fields. A creative space where networks are formed and actionable outcomes are built. The outcomes of the engagement centre on viable next steps.
Participants will:
- discuss innovative approaches to waste management
- unpack the role of waste-as-resource in value chains
- engage circular economy models
- share their success stories with other sectors
- commit to viable collaborative next steps

9:00 - Opening & Welcome 

- Cllr Dana Wannenburg - MMC: Agriculture and Environmental Management 

9:10 - Set the scene

- Dr Jaisheila Rajput, Tomorrow Matters Now

9:25 - Panel Presentations

- Dr Michael Gotsche - BASF
- Mr Victor Manavhela, NCPC
- Mr Eric Leong Son, Distell
- Mr Abel Malaka, City of Tswane
- Ms Annabel Pretorius, SAPRO

9:50 - Introduce ACTank

10:00 - ACTank - Tomorrow Matters Now

11:00 - Tea. Exhibition Viewing. Networking

11:30 - Panel Discussion

- Dr Michael Gotsche - BASF
- Mr Victor Manavhela, NCPC
- Mr Eric Leong Son, Distell 
- Mr Abel Malaka, City of Tswane 
- Ms Annabel Pretorius, SAPRO

12:30 Closing

13:00 - Lunch. Exhibition Viewing. Networking



Day 2 (26 June 2019)
Time: 09:00 - 14:00
Programme Director: Garth Barnes

Issues pertaining to long-term water supply and food security come into sharp focus for every citizen, and not just for farmers and agriprocessors. While water is a major factor in the move towards sustainable agricultural practices, high energy prices and questionable soil quality are other factors forcing planners to re-think their strategies. Financing
and access to markets are further factors that must be addressed in establishing a truly sustainable agricultural sector.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Address

Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi, Chairperson of Section 79  Committee of Community & Social Development

The Panel (9:00 - 11:00)

- Dr Ntsikane Maine, Acting Divisional Head: Agriculture

- Emmanuel Ekosse, Doctoral researcher, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership

- Dr Shadrack Moephuli, CEO & President, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) 

- Brian Mpono,Group Corporate Affairs & Business Development Executive & CEO, Eddison Power

10:20 - 11:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A

11:00 - 11:30 Tea. Exhibition Viewing.


The Panel (11:30 - 12:20)

- Nehru Pillay, General Manager: Research and Intelligence, Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa

- Dr Munyaradzi Chitakira, Senior Lecturer – Environmental Management, University of South Africa

- Tshiamo Dichabe, Managing Director, Commercial Agriculture Youth Chamber

- Chris Wild, Executive Director, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)

- Ryan Meiring, Founder, Big Inja Farming

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch. Exhibition Viewing. Networking


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