Cities as green economy drivers: making a case for green cities in South Africa

SOURCE: Africa in a changing global environment: perspectives of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Pophiwa
SOURCE EDITOR(S): S.S.Mutanga, T.Simelane, N.Pophiwa
KEYWORDS: CITIES, GREEN ECONOMY
DEPARTMENT: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8067
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/2649

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Abstract

This chapter is therefore an appraisal of selected green city initiatives underway in South Africa. The analysis develops an argument for the intensification of greening South African cities. Based on findings and recommendations of various global and national policy studies, it demonstrates that urbanisation brings both challenges and opportunities for green cities. Challenges include the rapid pace of urbanisation and related pressure on the environment and social relations if it continues on a business-as-usual trajectory. Opportunities for green cities can be found in: the possibility to design, plan and manage the physical structure in ways that are environmentally advantageous; advanced technological innovation; as well as profit from synergies that exist between the constituent elements of complex urban systems. A green city growth trajectory will ensure that future generations will indeed inhabit and enjoy a green sustainable earth.