Extensive survey shows Quality of Life improving in Gauteng

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The results of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s 5th Quality of Life Survey show that quality of life in the province continues to improve.

With just under 25 000 people interviewed across Gauteng’s 529 wards, the 2017/18 Quality of Life Survey is one of the biggest social attitudes surveys in sub-Saharan Africa.

The results of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/2018) show that, despite very challenging economic conditions, overall quality of life in the province continues to improve. The survey also finds increases in residents’ satisfaction with all spheres of government in the recent period.

GCRO has run its Quality of Life survey every two years since 2009. This iteration interviewed 24 889 respondents across Gauteng.

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'Voluntary Colonialism'? No Thanks.

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By Melissa Britz

Cape Town — As if the scramble for Africa wasn't bad enough, Germany's personal representative of Angela Merkel for Africa, Günther Nooke, says Europe deserves a second chance to screw the continent over.

In an interview with the BBC, Nooke touted the idea that African governments should lease land to European powers to establish autonomous cities that would supposedly provide quality services and create jobs. All this, he says, is necessary to push development that will discourage the large numbers of African migrants that are seeking refuge and economic opportunity in Europe.

Mhhhm. So yes, Africa does have huge governance challenges but so does the whole world. Most of Europe, influenced by regressive right-wing politics in the U.S. since the era of U.S. President Donald Trump, is seeing a resurgence of conservatism and anti-migrant sentiment. The U.S. and Europe act as if corruption and mismanagement is an African invention. It's one of the few things they'll actually give us credit for.

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8th Africities Summit: envisioning the future for the African region

2 weeks ago
Submitted by uclguser2 on Tue, 27/11/2018 - 16:39
8th Africities Summit: envisioning the future for the African region
  Gender equality and inclusion, essential for the achievement of the global agendas

Empowering a generation of young male and female leaders of the region was one of the main focuses of the summit. The open session titled “Gender equality and social inclusion strategies: for a Just Transition of Africa gathered a large number of local leaders and partners for development from Africa to discuss the crucial importance of mainstreaming gender equality in local development and governance in Africa, and to adopt a pact of collaboration between the African and the European sections of UCLG aiming at developing such activities. At the end of the session, African and European local elected women adopted the Africa-Europe Marrakech Pact to further collaborate on the elaboration of a charter for local gender equality in Africa.

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UNESCO and UIA to begin Designating Cities as "World Capitals of Architecture"

2 weeks ago
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UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) have announced the launch of a “World Capitals of Architecture” initiative, seeking to create a “synergy between culture and architecture in an increasingly urbanized world.”

Cities designated as World Capitals of Architecture will become a global forum for discussion on the world’s most pressing challenges “through the prism of culture, heritage, urban planning, and architecture.” UNESCO and UIA will collaborate with local city organizations to organize activities and events promoting buildings, architects, planners, and related sectors.

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Africities 2018: A Pact to cooperate on an African Charter for Local Equality

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Submitted by uclguser2 on Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:19
Africities 2018: A Pact to cooperate on an African Charter for Local Equality

Bringing together more than 5 000 participants – from cities and local governments’ officials, to ministries, international, national and subnational networks, partners and key stakeholders for development – the 8th edition of the Africities Summit provided the occasion to hold an open session under the title “Gender equality and social inclusion strategies: for a Just Transition of Africa”. Held on the morning of the 21st November, the session gathered a large number of local leaders and partners for development from Africa in order to discuss the crucial importance of mainstreaming gender equality in local development and governance in Africa, and to adopt a pact of collaboration between the African and the European sections of UCLG aiming at developing such activities.

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Policies in South Africa must stop ignoring families' daily realities

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South Africa has one of the lowest rates of both parents living with their children in the world. Shutterstock

What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers – are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary practice in South Africa, as it is elsewhere in southern Africa.

The reason for this is partly cultural and partly historical. The apartheid system literally capitalised on the role of extended family, particularly women. It forcibly fragmented families and separated children from parents.

The result of this can be seen in international comparisons from the World Family Map: according to this report, South Africa has one of the lowest rates of parent co-residence with children in the world. Over 12 million of the country’s 19 million children don’t live with their fathers. Four million don’t live with either of their biological parents.

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Some smart ideas to make toilets fit for purpose in Africa's cities

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Every flush by a typical toilet sends about 6 to 16 litres of fresh water to wastewater treatment centres. lchumpitaz/Shutterstock

About 23% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to toilets while 31% with toilets use one’s that aren’t connected to a formal sanitation system. This means that more than half the people in sub-Saharan Africa live without proper sanitation – that’s about 570 million people.

One of the problems is that existing toilets aren’t a good fit for parts of sub-Saharan Africa because many areas lack water and there are often no proper plumbing or facilities to treat wastewater.

But there are solutions – toilets that are designed differently. We have come up with some innovative designs overcome the two biggest challenges – excessive use of water, and the fact that urine and faeces aren’t considered as resources.

The designs we suggest have a number of key features. Primarily, they use no water and store and treat urine and faeces separately. They include innovative technologies that reduce water and energy consumption – both vital steps if we’re going to start building smarter, greener cities.

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