KZN Municipalities Collaborate on Climate Change Solutions

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WhatsApp Image 2017-04-12 at 11.48.17ILembe District Municipality successfully hosted the 11th Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC) meeting on Friday, 07 April 2017. The meeting was attended by 22 members from KZN municipalities, including the Deputy Mayor of ILembe District Municipality.

The CKZNCCC is a compact with members from municipalities and other institutions based in central KwaZulu-Natal. One of the focus areas of the CKZNCCC is on the exchange of information on climate change between members. This is done primarily through meetings that are held four times a year where municipalities and institutions are provided with the opportunity to share and learn from each other.

At the 11th meeting, participants were encouraged to prioritise climate change in their municipal projects and were privileged to hear a number of different presentations on current climate change projects by municipalities. Officials from eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality’s Energy Office, Magash Naidoo and Mazwi Mkile, presented on eThekwini’s Solar Photovoltaic project that was launched early this year. This flagship energy project serves as an example for the private sector and other municipalities to learn from and aligns with the objectives of the Durban Climate Change Strategy (DCCS) which is that 40% of eThekwini’s electricity supply should be derived from renewable energy by 2030. The presentation also focussed on the Municipality’s strategic and co-ordinated approach to facilitating renewable energy projects and to achieve this the City successfully developed the Solar Map which is a powerful tool to assist potential users of solar energy to determine the viability of solar electricity generation of their roof spaces.

CKZNCCC meetings are also represented by various institutions and partners who provide guidance and support to local governments in areas of climate change. In this meeting, Slindile Maphumulo from SALGA KZN highlighted the various roles played by SALGA in providing capacity building and other assistance to municipalities in South Africa specifically climate change related projects. The Honourable Mayor of ILembe District Municipality requested for SALGA to continue to provide assistance, supervision and monitoring to municipalities on all the implemented projects so as to assess progress and allow for efficient handovers.

Members were then provided with an opportunity to share current climate change work done within their respective municipalities including any challenges experienced.

The meeting concluded with an interactive training session on the Carbonn Climate Registry which is an online reporting for local governments to report on their climate change action.  Linda Somazembe, Climate Change Specialist at the eThekwini Municipality’s Energy Office, facilitated the training session. All CKZNCCC members were encouraged to use this international platform for reporting on their climate change actions going forward.

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