Staff Reporter

Topics such as conservation, climate change, food security and alternative sources of energy are expected to dominate discussions as the city continues its consultations towards Tshwane2055 this week.

The consultation meetings, whose outcomes are to inform the direction the city takes towards 2055, are entering their third week.

The theme “Sustainable Development and Natural Resources” has centre stage this week.

The first session will be held today at the Rooiwal Community Hall, with the theme “A Food Secure City”.

A large number of residents are expected to attend.

There will be a presentation on food security through sustainable agriculture, the showcasing of agricultural village plans and the handing over of certificates to emerging small-scale farmers.

Tshwane2055 was launched by executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa last month, and will be a comprehensive and consultative process to develop a long-term development strategy for the city.

The municipality said the final document would provide a broad framework for long-term growth.

It would also enable the city to identify priorities and development partners and make choices that should boost Tshwane over the next four decades.

Topics discussed so far include governance, health and poverty alleviation.

Among the topics to be covered in coming weeks are economic growth, smart city, transport and city planning, and liveable city.

This week, residents, city officials, academics, experts and various other stakeholders are expected to investigate building a culture of recycling and conservation.

This would include scaling up energy saving interventions and alternative sources of energy, mitigating the impact of climate change and global warming on communities, and introducing green infrastructure.

City spokeswoman Nomasonto Ndlovu said that the consultation meeting would offer solutions suggesting the direction the city should take.

“Considering the number of research institutions and universities in Tshwane that have been invited, the prioritisation of economic and social development needs in the city, which has resulted in the unsustainable use of natural resources and environmental challenges such as waste generation and pollution, is expected to create great debate,” said Ndlovu.