The North West Human Settlements Alternative Building Technology (ABT) Summit is an important event that aims to explore innovative solutions to address the housing backlog and other human settlement challenges in South Africa. It seeks to bring together professionals in the human settlements sector, technology enthusiasts, and investors to discuss alternative building technologies that can create sustainable human settlements for eligible citizens in the North West province.
The potential benefits of the collaboration between Cape Town and Nairobi are significant, as they can work together to strengthen their tourism markets, cooperate in their film industries, and enhance bilateral trade. Additionally, both cities can share knowledge and partnerships in areas such as infrastructure provision, affordable housing delivery, and clean energy.
Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile recently visited the Imbali Campus of Umgungundlovu TVET College in Pietermaritzburg. The visit is a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to promote skills development and improve South Africa’s economy. Accompanied by various government officials, college representatives, and community leaders, the Deputy President highlighted the critical role of education and innovation in fostering a competitive global economy.
On May 18, 2023, Cape Town made history with the launch of its first Urban Waste Management (UWM) Innovation Expo. The event aimed to bring together the latest sustainable waste management solutions, addressing the increasing need for innovative methods to tackle the city’s waste challenges.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently celebrated 30 years of diplomatic ties between their nations during Prime Minister Lee’s initial official visit to South Africa. This visit marked an opportunity for both leaders to discuss crucial areas of mutual interest while exploring ways to strengthen their bilateral cooperation and partnership.
South Africa is taking a big step towards enhancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the region. Thanks to the collaboration between Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Mr Buti Manamela, and multinational company Sasol, the University of Mpumalanga will receive a mobile science laboratory on May 17th.
The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed the Competition Commission’s conditional approval for the strategic equity partner transaction between South African Airways (SAA) and Takatso Aviation Proprietary Limited. This deal will result in Takatso acquiring a 51% shareholding in the airline, which is a significant turning point for the revitalization process of SAA.
South Africa and Singapore enhance economic cooperation On May 16th, 2023, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in an official visit to Cape Town. This meeting aimed to strengthen the existing economic partnership between the two countries and explore new opportunities for collaboration.
South Africa recognizes that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can transform the country’s education system and support the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The country has made considerable progress in using AI to improve communication between students, educators, researchers, and institutions. However, some stakeholders are defensive about AI, while others embrace its potential.
The recently concluded #AnimateCT Challenge has gained immense popularity among South Africa’s creative community and animation enthusiasts. The festival marked the firstever street animation competition in South Africa, centered around the theme of “Unexpected”. Thirtythree animators from across the nation submitted videos set in ten chosen hotspots around Cape Town, such as Radisson RED, Sea Point Pavilion, and Camps Bay Tidal Pool.
The Africa’s Travel Indaba 2023 conference was recently held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. The event brought together tourism industry leaders, government officials, and business owners from across the continent to discuss the future of African tourism. One of the key speakers, Patricia de Lille, the Minister of Tourism for South Africa, emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving the growth and success of the tourism sector.
The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department has launched the annual #YouthStart Entrepreneurial Challenge. The initiative aims to stimulate small businesses and/or ideas through skills development and innovation, contributing to job creation. ## New Challenge Categories Encourage Innovation
The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Mobility Department and Public have recently announced that 1,296 new meteredtaxi operating licenses are still available to those in the industry. The City lifted a twoyear moratorium on new applications for meteredtaxi operating licenses in February 2023.
The City of Cape Town is dedicated to investing in new technology and innovation to ensure the growth and development of the local community. Their commitment to this investment has not only helped to overcome energy challenges in the area but has also inspired other cities and countries facing similar issues.
Deputy Minister Obed Bapela’s recent visit to SAFCOL highlights the company’s importance as a significant player in the forestry industry. SAFCOL’s financial performance has significantly improved, and the company’s growth strategy aims to consolidate its position, maximize revenue, and profit growth in the future.
Swartland Municipality, located in the Western Cape of South Africa, has significantly improved community engagement by launching the first online Integrated Development Plan (IDP) in the region. The webbased solution, affectionately known as the “IDP in Your Pocket,” has received acclaim for being userfriendly and accessible.