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[South Africa] SOLTRAIN at Sustainability Week

Written/submitted by Khothatso Mpheqeke and Karen Surridge on 30 July 2018

Sustainability Week has taken place each year since 2015 and is hosted by the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s capital city and a pioneer of green urban development.

The African Capital Cities Sustainability  Forum is the premier Sustainability Week event for city leaders on the African continent and key challenges threatening growth and development in Africa are addressed, including issues such as rapid urbanisation, energy and water access and stresses, sanitation, the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment and social inequities, trade facilitation, connectivity, land and biodiversity degradation, amongst others, as well as the significant and growing impacts of climate change.

The conference and exhibition has a broad audience base with the exhibition not only visited by professional delegates within the sustainability space, but also by the public and students, and is thus an important means of spreading information to a wider audience.

Due to the profile of this event, SANEDI often fields requests from the media for interviews, and Dr Karen Surridge, SOLTRAIN programme lead for South Africa in Gauteng, was approached to do an interview about Sustainability as a broad concept.

She utilised the platform to speak about the SOLTRAIN programme and used solar water heating as an example of sustainable renewable energy-based technology.

The link for  the  interview  is  provided  on  the SOLTRAIN website and/or can be accessed here (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=6VfZP2U7MuE).