The Fourth African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) is currently taking place at the CSIR International Convention Centre and is hosting 35 mayors from African capital cities.
This dynamic sustainability conference converges annually in Tshwane during Sustainability Week to delve into the interlinkages between sustainable development, climate change and poverty reduction in the shared belief that African cities are at the forefront of change in Africa.
The ACCSF functions as a network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent in a drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that are common to all, and to affirm their commitment to addressing the scourge of climate change, a fight that can only be won with the participation of cities.
In the words of Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, "the City hosts this event to establish commonalities and challenges faced by major cities in Africa while showcasing and sharing successful initiatives towards the emergence of truly African, original and appropriate answers in addressing the sustainability imperative at the urban scale".
Delivering the keynote address, the Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, said that waste management is a headache for growing cities. Even though there is a comforting growth of waste collectors because of the consciousness about recycling, these waste recyclers do not address the waste collection challenges faced by cities. Piling waste enhances a city's decay and leads to the growth of downtowns.
"#Agenda 2063: The Africa we want envisages cities that will be recycling at least 50% of the waste they generate. With no revenue collection strategies, waste collection suffers a shortage of money to allocate resources for waste collection," he said.