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September 07
Finding solutions to climate change challenges

​THE C40 Vice President for Africawhich is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change -it was an honour for the City to welcome the different representatives from the C40 cities.

These representatives included officials from New York City, Boston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City and Paris who converged in Durban for the Deadline 2020 Climate Action Planning Pilot Programme with the aim of finding solutions to climate change challenges. Robust and thought provoking discussions were held during the three day long programme, an indication that as prominent cities of the world, we walk this journey together; to find the most realistic solutions for our cities.

I’ve repeatedly said that climate change, sustainable urban development and addressing issues affecting less privileged and vulnerable people are at the top of my priority list. To further reaffirm our commitment towards devising best solutions for climate change challenges, the City will be participating in the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit which will be hosted in San Francisco later this month.

In my capacity as the Vice President of C40, I will be attending this summit with a team of environmental delegates. This summit will bring people from around the world who will showcase climate action plans and inspire deeper commitments in support of the Paris Agreement. We have previously stated during the 2016 Local Government Elections Manifesto that we will continue to strengthen our plans that are aimed at reducing the negative impacts of changing environmental conditions and taking advantage of new opportunities that may be presented. We were last year October hard-hit by storms, which left a trail of destruction. These storms once again reminded us that issues of climate change are pivotal and more pressing to us as a coastal city.

Climate change has a greater impact on residents that are most reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods and/or who have the least capacity to respond to natural hazards, such as droughts, landslides, floods and hurricanes. We are also delighted that we will be hosting the ITU Telecom World 2018 between 10 and 13 October. This conference will be coming to our African shores for the very first time and will be hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post.

I would like to urge all of us as eThekwini resident to welcome the delegates and visitors who will in Durban. We must treat them well and give them the warmest welcome. We are looking forward to a successful gathering.

Comments

Re: Finding solutions to climate change challenges

Climate change is a topic that has gained traction of late in the global discourse especially in the context of sustainable development. Those who have studied cooperate governance are very much knowledgeable on the concept of sustainable development and I would like to urge them to come to this august platform to share more information with about it. 

If my memory serves me well, COP17 was held in Durban some few years back which addressed the issue of climate change. The event represented two organisations, namely the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the UNFCCC and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol. The UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. My question is what happened to the resolutions of COP17?

However, I can see that the C40 is a different organisation (please correct me if I am wrong) but which tackles the same problem as the organisations mentioned above.  Without demoralising you, Your Worship, I have to be critical by asking as to what happened to the COP17 resolutions. Have they been implemented and if yes, has the public been made aware of the outcomes of such implementation. The reason I am asking these questions is because when outcomes are not publicised or do not reach the public when publicised an impression is created that higher-up politicians and government officials are busy engaging in actions at the expense of the taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ money but without tangible results. It is like their actions are not result-driven and the value for money is absent. These kinds of events (COP17 and similar summits) should be able to pass performance auditing that involves the application of the three E’s, namely, economy, efficiency and effectiveness. I will leave it to those who are trained in internal auditing to expatiate on the three E’s.

That said, I must thank you for your hardwork which is visible to those who are politically impartial. Continue with your magnificent efforts of building a better society. Climate change is a critical topic which requires your attention and that of your global counterparts. You have to shine the spotlight on this topic given the recent torrential rainfall which damaged the municipal infrastructure in Durban. Many pundits have attributed the said torrential rainfall to climate change. As you travel to San Francisco to attend the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, please make sure that you and together with your colleagues come back with useful information from which the municipal residents, municipal council and experts can draw insight. Once you return with such information I will then be in a position to congratulate you and the council for placing the municipality at the forefront of the battle against climate change. In the meantime I can only say, travel safely.

As for the ITU Telecom World 2018, I only expect the best from the guest speakers. I hope they will share useful and ground-breaking information with regard to climate change. I am looking forward to the conference and will certainly give the delegates the warmest welcome as you have suggested.

PS: Others ask themselves how I have acquired the wealth of knowledge that I have.  I say, thank you to those who cared enough to equip me with lifelong learning skills much to the resistance of the white monopoly capital.  Ironically, I also thank the WMC for letting it go sometimes.

Makamisa Majola
Underground Consultant at Umlazi
 on 9/10/2018 9:36 AM

Re: Finding solutions to climate change challenges

I would also like to encourage everyone to consider acquiring lifelong learning skills. With such skills you can literally perform any job or task that you are given. Uyabona nje mfokaMsibi awukho umsebenzi engingeke ngikwazi ukuwenza lapho kamasipala within the broad category my discipline. So ngithi abantu abaqhubeke bafunde and empower themselves with additional skills. Labo asebenawo ama skills bawadlulisele kwabanye. Nami I am not yet proficient but I am gradually getting there.

Big up to olova baseThekwini.

Makamisa for life.
 on 9/10/2018 12:21 PM

Re: Finding solutions to climate change challenges

Can the state owned enterprises (SOE’s) be saved?

We all know that at this point in time our SOE’s are in financial trouble. Most of them are insolvent and are unable to meet their financial obligations as they become due in the ordinary course of business.  We have heard in the news numerous times about government bailout of these entities. Highly skilled people have been roped in from the private sector to help get these entities out of the conundrum but to no avail. Economic experts, policy-makers and rescue practitioners appear to be at a loss as to how these entities can be salvaged given the amount of efforts that have already been put in. So the rhetorical question that I pose to the readers of his honourable platform, can the SOE’s still be saved?

In my view the answer is in the negative. My view is that SOE’s can only thrive in a social environment and where the sense of patriotism is high. In this environment the interest of the country ranks higher than that of individuals. A government functionary would place the interest of the country first before his. The politics of the stomach is non-existent. Everybody is working towards advancing the country’s interest.  The executives of these entities would have the interest of the country at heart. Selflessness and integrity are the hallmarks of this environment whereby looting and stealing are heavily punished.  

I submit that South Africa is not in the above mentioned environment. The recent state capture which is currently unravelling before the Zondo Commission is the classic example of stealing of the highest order. Our current culture of looting and pillaging is an antithesis to the very existence of the SOE’s. Over the years the SOE’s having been making profits/surplus or breaking even by surreptitiously hiking prices/tariffs but not by improving their efficiencies and increasing their market shares and literally nobody has been noticing how the SOE’s have been surviving because there was economic stability in the country.

Now that the country is experiencing an economic crunch, the manner in which the SOE’s have been surviving has come to the spotlight. After the power generating utility had been stopped right in its tracks from callously increasing electricity tariffs it got exposed how over the years it has managed to record massive profits i.e. by hiking tariffs. The broadcaster on the other hand wants to increase its revenue/profits by increasing TV licence fees in an attempt to stay afloat. The airliner is in the same predicament and many others.

All these hikes are at the expense of consumers while on the other the very same SOE’s require government bailouts in the form of either cash or guarantees; it is a double jeopardy for the taxpayer. Without writing in detail, the purpose for which the SOE’s were created has dwindled with time, if their shenanigans are anything to go by. It is time to scrap the model and get them privatised because it is not going to be possible in the short- term to change the culture of looting and pillaging of state resources, and doing away with the politics of the stomach. 

Some people fear that there would be massive job losses if privatisation were to take place but my view is the opposite. I therefore urge government to settle this debate by conducting an extensive research whether it would be possible to implement privatisation without enormous job losses in the respective industries of the SOE’s so that there can be a credible basis for implementing privatisation should the outcome of the research be in favour of such. I am aware of the counter argument that it would be preposterous to pass the sins of the father to the son. In the context of SOE’s, the mess was created by the executives so it cannot be that the mess is passed over to the workers. This is a sensitive issue I do not have a conclusion but the above mentioned research can probably give us direction or some leeway of how to get to the bottom of this matter once and fall.

Makamisa Majola
Underground consultant
Umlazi
 on 9/10/2018 2:52 PM

It is really important

It is really important for all of us to find as many solutions as we can to control this global climate change and first of first we'll have to plant trees at least. I recently planned a plant drive with my office colleagues of <a href="https://www.pennysaviour.com/">Penny Saviour</a> and we'll keep doing it until we believe that our environment is safe.
 on 9/12/2018 11:52 AM

But nothing changes till now

I hear that every fucking day but everywhere the Humans are still cutting trees spezial in asia and south america. The newest stats from http://www.disamicon.com/ shows perfect that nothing is happend. lets have fun and hope that the kids will fix it :-(
 on 9/13/2018 9:02 AM

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