The Green Economy and Knowledge Economy are very overarching sectors. These projects require a collaborative approach across Municipal Units. These sectors can be a ‘key leverage point’ to not only address the Climate Change phenomenon but also tackle other priority areas such as job creation.
1. Hole in the Wall
The aim of the Hole-in-the-Wall Pilot Implementation Plan is to promote the transition to the Knowledge Economy within eThekwini Municipality through the creation of a minimally invasive education environment for child education. Using the Hole-in-the-Wall project methodology as a guide, this Pilot will be shaped to fit the eThekwini Municipal context, and in light of South Africa’s socio-economic development goals.
The Hole in the Wall Concept is an education methodology that has been implemented successfully in India (and other countries). The methodology provides an opportunity to improve access to computers for children in poor communities. This in turn leads to increased skills and ability in the digital environment, which ultimately can drive a local economy based on information and knowledge, rather than carbon intensive products.
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2. eThekwini Eco-Industrial Park (EEIP)
This project will see the establishment of an Eco-Industrial Park in the eThekwini Municipal Area. The eThekwini Eco-Industrial Park (EEIP) is proposed as a dedicated commercial and industrial zone within Cornubia.
The eThekwini Eco-Industrial Park will have the following 2 core objectives:
1. To develop a climate neutral Eco-Industrial Park with the eThekwini Municipality that promotes cleaner production, pollution prevention; energy efficiency, renewable energy and inter-company partnering.
2. To develop an Eco-Industrial Park that actively promotes the green technologies and services sector to supply directly into the broader SADC region.
The planning for the EEIP will take place over the following 4 phases over a 24 month period.
1. Pre-Feasibility Study Jun 2014 to Dec 2014
2. Market Assessment Jan 2015 to Jun 2015
3. Site Assessment Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
4. Operational Plan Jan 2016 to Jun 2016
3. SMME Incubator
eThekwini Municipality has developed a business plan in order to establish a Sustainable Energy SME Incubator in the eThekwini Municipal area with the majority financial support of the DTI Incubator Support Programme or alternatively, the SEDA Technology Programme.
This Business Plan attempts to outline the need, intended outcomes, targeted beneficiaries and funding modalities required for the establishment of:
• a Sustainable Energy (and related sectors) Business Incubator for up to 50 emerging and especially Black-Empowered SMEs, combined with
• a Technical Training/Skills Development facilitation role, for incubatees and other sector-specific enterprises evolving ultimately, into an Artisan/Internship programme, and
• a Visitors’ Centre incorporating a Public Education, Demonstration and Conference Facility aimed at raising awareness of Sustainable Energy and the technology available for its deployment.
The primary beneficiaries and target market of the ETSSEC Incubator are Black-owned and managed SMEs active in and investigating the market for renewable energy and energy efficiency.