Global goals. Local solutions.
The street-wise collectors of recyclables can be seen whizzing around the city on small trolleys, UrbanAfrica.net reports.
A startup provides waste pickers with battery-powered e-trikes and a livable wage, Business Day reports.
The bus network has saved South Africa nearly US$900 million by reducing travel times, slashing emissions and enhancing safety, Quartz reports.
The continent’s cities should tap the vast resources at universities through partnerships on urban renewal, the Word Economic Forum says.
The district near the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand could rehabilitate the neighborhood of Braamfontein, The Conversation says.
An “Idea Bank” would give Johannesburg’s poor a place to “deposit” business concepts in search of mentoring and funding, UrbanAfrica.net reports.
“Good Riddance” gives voice to garbage pickers in Johannesburg who are otherwise mostly invisible to society, Urban Joburg reports.
The eco-friendly e-bike is increasingly being spotted in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg as those South African cities add more bike lanes for commuting, IOL reports.
Johannesburg is implementing design changes that seek to end the physical isolation of black communities wrought by Apartheid, the Economist reports.
Johannesburg, Gothenburg and Toronto issue green bonds to finance a range of environmentally friendly projects, according to the Sustainable Cities Collective.
New initiatives around recycling and energy as well as the city’s membership in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group underscore Johannesburg’s commitment to a greener future, allAfrica reports.
To overcome a student housing shortage, Johannesburg is getting creative about building dorm rooms, Designboom reports.
The $7.8 billion project would create more office space for Chinese firms rushing to invest in sub-Saharan Africa, Bloomberg reports.