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TRANSPORT SEMINAR: Paving the Road to Sustainable Urban Mobility in Africa

Date: 7 June 2018
Venue: Emerald
Time: 09:00 
Facilitator: Ashanti Mogosetsi (UNIDO)

Transport is the life-blood of the economy. Mobility is one of the most powerful enablers in terms of improving quality of life and productivity. However, Africa’s cities are all too often congested, polluted and inefficient. Greenhouse gas emissions are harmful to the health, while transport inefficienciespush up the cost of doing business. It’s time to turn this around. The Transport and Mobility Seminar focuses on the opportunities that mobility affords, from achieving city development goals to creating new, sustainable economic opportunities, not to mention the infrastructure and policy shifts required for sustainable regional economic development.

SESSION 1: Key Strategies for transforming urban mobility

The Green Transport Strategy of South Africa aims to minimize the adverse impact of transport on the environment while addressing current and future transport demands based on sustainable development principles. The strategy promises to promote green mobility to ensure that the transport sector supports the achievement of green economic growth targets and protecting the environment. In light of the above statement, the implementation of such a strategy will be critical and all government spheres should seek to integrate urban mobility into public policy dialogue to strengthen the institutional framework for sustainable urban mobility in sustainable and resilient cities.  

09:00

Welcoming 

Speaker: 

MMC Roads and Transport: Cllr Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge City of Tshwane

09:20 

Topic:
“Green Transport Strategy for South Africa”

Speaker:
Bopang Khutsoane (DoT)

09:50

Panel Discussion:

“What has South Africa done so far in achieving sustainable mobility that is inclusive? What are the policy and regulatory challenges on national and local level slowing down sustainable transport development in South Africa? ”

Panelist:
Bopang Khutsoane (DoT), Laverne Dimitrov (DBSA), Angela Andrews (GDRT), Mehboob Babama (CoT), Daisy Dwango (CoJ)

10:50 

TEA

SESSION 2: Showcasing Sustainability in South African Transport

Among the guiding principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the importance of strengthening mobility and sustainable urban transport. UNIDO’s Low-Carbon Transport Project in South Africa is a GEF funded initiative co-implemented by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). The Project aims to support policy enhancement in the transport sector and demonstrate sustainable mobility in South African cities. This session aims to showcase sustainability in the South African transport sector with a facilitated engagement with the audience to get a better understanding of the needs of African cities in developing sustainable and inclusive urban mobility.

11:20

Topic:

Showcasing Low-Carbon Transport in South Africa

Speaker:

Maletlabo Handel (UNIDO)

11:40

Topic:

“Demand Driven and Sustainable Public Transportation”

Speaker:
Louise Naude (WWF)

12:00

Audience Dialogue:

What is your city currently doing to combat the effects of climate change, urbanisation and urban population growth? What are your opinions on what a smart city should look like? Is Africa ready to leap-frog into sustainable, energy efficient and clean mobility?

Facilitator: Conrad Kassier (UNIDO)

13:00

LUNCH

SESSION 3: Smart and Sustainable Future Mobility for Africa

The new mobility paradigm should be shared, electric and connected. This session looks into future African Smart Cities. What radical changes are required to design sustainable alternatives to the current developments for growing cities that are unstainable in terms of congestion, energy consumption, air pollution and global warming? We explore alternatives in the way we design urban environments and the way we move people in the city. 

14:00

Topic:

"The Vision of a Future African Smart City"

Carel Snyman  

14:20

Topic:

“Mobility as a Transport Service”

Speaker:
Justin Coetzee (GoMetro)

14:40

Topic:

“Looking at the Benefits of Electrifying Mobility”

Speaker:
Hiten Parmar (uYilo)

15:00

Topic:

“How can strategic transportation policies help create connected and sustainable mobility?”

Speaker:

Winstone Jordaan (GridCars)

15:20

Topic: 

Closing remarks and Vote of Thanks

Speaker:

Cllr Elmarie Linde, City of Tshwane

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