Census 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

Jackie Borel-Saladin and Ivan Turok discuss trends in housing and urbanisation revealed by the latest Census 2011 statistics. One of the interesting trends to emerge within the overall picture of rapid urbanisation in the major cities is the sharp growth in backyard shacks. These, often vulnerable, households are not typically provided with access to basic services. The result is that existing service delivery is overwhelmed by the additional demand from these households that it was not designed or resourced to meet…. Read moreCensus 2011 reveals boom in backyard shacks: HSRC Review

Fire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

Shack fires are an unremitting scourge facing urban townships. In South Africa, between 2000 and 2010, over 230 000 people were made homeless by fires. Growing urban populations together with inadequate services, in particular electricity and water, means urban shack fires will continue to take their toll. There is an urgent need for effective solutions to address the major causes. Last year, the City responded to 1,177 fire incidents in informal settlements around Cape Town. According to the City 3,480… Read moreFire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

ICCG Lecture Series on Energy Poverty

The International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) has launched a new online lecture series on issues related to climate change governance. Content is delivered by policy and academic experts and lectures are aimed at promoting long-distance training. The first in this interesting lecture series is on Energy Poverty: “Reducing energy poverty in the developing world is a necessary condition to promote its economic and social development. 1.3 billion people in the world still lack access to electricity and 2.7 billion… Read moreICCG Lecture Series on Energy Poverty

Normalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

Imagine the juggling act being asked of policy makers: they’ve got to spread limited resources between meeting the government’s objective of reducing poverty to zero percent; at the same time, they’ve got to make a handbrake turn on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. And since poverty alleviation is often linked with development, and development usually translates into emissions increases, it seems as though they’re being asked to do the impossible. This week, the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre… Read moreNormalising apples & pears: comparing trade offs for pro-poor mitigation options

UNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town

The ERC is a Member Centre of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD). GNESD is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of Member Centres of Excellence and network partners in the global south. The main objective of GNESD is to carry out policy analysis on thematic energy issues, which can assist in promoting sustainable development and reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2002, the network has been engaged in undertaking policy analysis in the field of energy and… Read moreUNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town

Invitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec

The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) are inviting interested parties to their workshop on Energy Access: Eradicating Global Energy Poverty. The event will be held at the Durban Country Club in Durban (http://www.dcclub.co.za) on the 5th December 2011. Look for the room called Athlone. The programme starts at 9am and is scheduled to finish at 1pm. 08:30-09:00 Registration 09:00-09:10 Welcome by UNEP 09:10-09:20 GNESD – global network on energy for sustainable… Read moreInvitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec