For the first time in Africa, over 100 influential thought leaders from the continent and beyond will gather in Cape Town this October for the Sustain our Africa Summit, Expo and Festival. The core focus on the event is to debate and present solutions to the biggest question of all: ‘Can Africa deliver enough for all, forever?’
Held at at the V&A Waterfront from 22 to 28 October, 2012, Sustain our Africa aims to make sustainable development a reality throughout Africa. Endorsed by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Provincial Government, it is hoped that this gathering will inspire and guide African sustainability in a way that will kick-start new global thinking.
Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, will open the Summit on 24 October. The Western Cape Government sees the initiative as ‘making an important contribution to positioning the Western Cape as Africa’s Green Economic Hub, as well as to Cape Town in particular as the communications platform for sustainability on the continent.’
Inspirational African sustainability stories, challenges and successes will be presented to the world at the Summit. The first two days of the summit programme will include discussions and debates encouraging awareness and inspiration for change. The third day consists of a series of breakaway ‘Changerooms’ – workshops aimed at providing participants with tools for change through practical think-tank sessions.’
‘Our intention is to re-invent sustainability gatherings in a way that creates new solutions, builds new markets, drives practical action and provides the tools to address the interconnected threats of climate change, resource depletion, food shortages, flood and drought and inequality that could further deepen grinding poverty in parts of Africa,’ says Deon Robbertze, co-founder of Sustain our Africa. ’Even more importantly, we want to reinforce the reality that environmental and social threats resulting from our poor management of the planet are issues that need to be tackled.
‘Whether your interest stems from a business, political or civil society perspective your invitation is to participate by attending the Summit, Expo and Festival and become an agent of change. Everyone who attends will be empowered with new ideas, innovative solutions and practical tools to address the interconnected threats of climate change, resource depletion, food shortages and economic inequality, says Robbertze.
To take part in Sustain Our Africa or find out more, visit sustainourafrica.org.