Durban (eThekwini)

South Africa
Zandile Gumede, Elected 2016

Case Studies

The Take Back Our Rivers project (TBOR) is an initiative of eThekwini Conservancies Forum (ECF) that seeks to restore the river health of selected rivers in the eThekwini Municipal Area through rehabilitation and restoration strategies. The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD) partnered with ECF, through the Kloof Conservancy to pilot the TBOR project in the Aller River, which passes through the areas of New Germany and Clermont. The purpose of the pilot was to explore community-based interventions to improve river health. Some of the project key successes include, a cohort of well-trained young people that are working in the Aller River undertaking waste clean-up and river monitoring, improved river health, stakeholder engagement, establishment of cross-departmental collaboration (e.g. involvement of Water and Sanitation and Health departments in the monitoring of river health), and various awareness programme with the local schools, communities and local non-governmental organization partners.

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Durban's Energy Office Solar (EOS) Project

September 22, 2017 Durban (eThekwini)

The Energy Office Solar (EOS) project is a pilot project that culminated in the eThekwini Municipality installing 300kWp of rooftop Photovoltaic on 5 municipal owned rooftops. This pilot project was undertaken in part to test the regulations and processes that the Municipality has put in place for the private sector to adhere to when installing Rooftop PV.

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KwaZulu-Natal Sustainable Energy Forum (KSEF)

September 22, 2017 Durban (eThekwini)

The disjointed sustainable energy sector in KwaZulu-Natal led to the development of the KwaZulu-Natal Sustainable Energy Forum (KSEF). A primary role of KSEF was to achieve integration and stimulate communication between government, private business, research institutions and various other stakeholders.  While it is extremely difficult to calculate the exact greenhouse gas emission reduction from initiatives like KSEF emissions, it is important to note that KSEF has played a critical catalytic role in the sector.

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