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Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa revealed to environment experts and potential investors attending the COP17 Conference in Durban how the Municipality will be promoting green investments and what its strategies were.He was hosting a Green Investment Breakfast Meeting in Umhlanga Rocks on Monday (5 December) which was attended by among others representatives from the Industrial Development Corporation, World Bank, Department of Trade and Industry and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The City Manager Jason Ngobeni (photo), Speaker and Chief Whip of Council, Cllrs Morakane Mosupyoe and Jabu Mabona, Members of the Mayoral Committee and the senior management team of the Municipality also attended.

“Tshwane will become the only Municipality in the whole country that will be able to account significantly for the contribution of agriculture to its GDP within the next five years,” Ramokgopa said.

He added that Tshwane was setting targets to employ green services in its future maintenance and infrastructure development work, to be announced soon.

“If the burden is legislatively placed on South African cities to institute carbon taxes, the City of Tshwane is in favour of employing this income for further green development.”

Ramokgopa said some of the major green projects that the City of Tshwane will unveil in the near future included the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system that will be partly powered by CMG technology and the construction of a 20 megawatt solar energy power station in Rooiwal.

He added that in order for local government to be capacitated to create and attract the skills that would enable it to employ the benefits of green technology, the IDC’s collaboration in this regard was invaluable.

Ramokgopa said the Municipality will be releasing its Tshwane Green Economy Policy Statement by February 2012.

 

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