The City of Tshwane hosted its third annual African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) from 13 to 15 June 2017 at the CSIR International Convention Centre. The ACCSF creates a platform for the convergence of mayors of African capital cities and their senior officials to discuss and identify key opportunities and threats for the growth, sustainability and well-being of their cities.
Because June is Youth Month, young people were given the opportunity on 15 June to showcase their skills and form part of the sustainability solution in their respective communities during the Youth and Green Economy Dialogue. More particularly, they focused on the following ACCSF agenda streams:
- Sustainable energy and electricity
- Waste management
- Road transport and mobility
- Water management
To complement the Youth and Green Economy Dialogue, the City of Tshwane presented the Fablab Youth Dialogue for young learners in the Fablab programme. This dialogue culminated in a business plan competition built around renewable energy, sustainable water management, waste management, and road transport and mobility in Tshwane. Nissan South Africa contributed R20 000 in total for the three best business plans for sustainable, innovative, technology-based solutions emerging from the participating schools.
The young learners participating in the Fablab Youth Dialogue were well prepared for the competition through the Fablab's three-month entrepreneurship programme jointly run by the City of Tshwane and The Innovation Hub for Grade 9 to 11 learners from previously disadvantaged areas. The participating schools are Nellmapius High School, Steve Tshwete High School, FR Mkhatshwa High School, Phelindaba High School, Phateng Secondary School, DH Peta High School and Seshegong High School. The learners are trained in basic computer skills, website and mobile app design and development, electronics and entrepreneurship.
On the last day of the ACCSF conference, the schools presented their business plans for an intensive evaluation based on the practicality and feasibility of the plans. The first prize (R10 000, sponsored by Nissan SA, and ten tablets) went to Phateng Secondary School, the second prize (R6 000, sponsored by Nissan SA) went to FR Mkhatshwa High School and the third prize (R4 000, sponsored by Nissan SA) went to Seshegong High School. The City of Tshwane awarded trophies to the top three ideas of the competition and The Innovation Hub gave all seven participating schools goodie bags and certificates of participation in the Fablab programme.