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About Steve Tshwete

Steve Tshwete, the urban core, was established in 1864 by the Voortrekkers, who named the town Nasareth. It later became known as Middelburg (middle town) because of its location halfway between Pretoria, then capital of the Transvaal, and Lydenburg.

About the city

Land area (km2)

3986.99 km2

Population

229,831 (Census 2011)

Population growth rate

4.8% (Census 2011)

Rate of population change over last decade

From 148,231 (2000) to 174,100 (2010)

% of the city's territory which is urban

78% (SACN 2012)

Population density (hab / km2)

44 hab/km2 

Rate of population density change over last decade

From 37 hab/km2 (2000) to 44 hab/km2 (2010)

Climate

Tropical and subtropical desert

Geography

Lowland

Main economic activity

Secondary sector

Community type

City

About the Local Government

Official name

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

Official name in English

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

Number of municipal employees

38 councillors

Annual income in USD

99,435,211.83 USD

Annual expenditure in USD

92,375,191.81 USD

Council elected term

4 years

Mayor or senior elected representative

Mayor: Michael Masina

Municipal Commissioner or senior appointed representative

Municipal Manager: Willie Fouche

City vision and mission statement

Vision: To be the best community driven Local Municipality in the world in the provision of sustainable services and developmental programs.  

Mission: The STLM is committed to the total well being of all its citizens through:

 

  • The rendering of affordable, cost-effective, accessible, efficient and quality services for present and future customers;
  • The maximizing of infrastructural development through the utilization of all available resources;
  • Improving the quality of life by co-coordinating gender and social development programmes;
  • The implementation of effective management systems and procedures;
  • The creation of an enabling environment for LED;
  • Ensuring effective co-operation with relevant stakeholders;
  • To ensure skilled, motivated and committed work force; and
  • Compliance with the Batho-Pele Principles.

 

Website

www.stevetshwetelm.gov.za/ 

ICLEI Membership

Yes

Member of regional/national/global initiatives

None

Sustainability journey to date

Coming soon!

At a glance

% access to electricity

77.0 % electricity for cooking

% served by municipal water system

60.5 % of the population has access to piped water inside homes.

Water consumption per inhabitant

96.72 m3/hab/year (needs to be verified)

% served by municipal solid waste collection system

Original information is given as 265 litres/capita/day distributed into the municipality. It is important to note, however, that thel l/c/dconsumptio at the local level is highly influenced by the metropolitan municipalities, some of which have a disproportionately large concentration of wet industries that will influence the per capita figures.

Solid waste generation per inhabitant

Waste generated by STLM is estimated at around 102.00 tons/year, according to the South African Waste Information System (SAWIS)

% living in informal settlements

Real stats as per waste generated = about 0.42 tonnes per year /per capita

Public transportation modes available

Bus, Train (commuter, intercity)

Energy profile

Energy consumption per inhabitant

86 GJ/capita 2012 (30.1 tCO2e/capita)

% of local government operations of community final energy consumption

0.82% (excluding losses)

GHG emissions from the community: 3,773,288 tCO2e (2012)

For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.

Greenhouse gas inventory conducted as baseline study using 2012 data

Aim of the inventory is to understand how much the diff erent sectors contribute to local emissions in order to inform prioritization and planning. Figures were included in the annual review of the statutory municipal Integrated Development Plan. The data for 2012 has been completed and an infographic has been created to communicate results to the wider community.

Participatory scenario planning process

Aim of the inventory is to understand how much the diff erent sectors contribute to local emissions in order to inform prioritization and planning. Figures were included in the annual review of the statutory municipal Integrated Development Plan. The data for 2012 has been completed and an infographic has been created to communicate results to the wider community.

Green Building learning exchange

The learning exchange was geared towards providing model cities with a peer-to-peer exchange on green building policy design linked to wider sustainable development strategies and policies. The exchange was done with the City of Tshwane which consequently implemented a green building by-law.

Action planning workshop

The workshop is to engage with internal and external stakeholders to discuss and decide on short and medium term projects to help achieve the 2030 vision. Initial actions have been identifi ed and the final action plan is under development.

Green building policy development

The development of a policy and implementation plan to encourage compliance with green building criteria in new developments is planned to commence in 2015.

Roll-out of resource efficiency service package for local leaders/prominent local buildings

If approved, the roll-out will start in 2015 and aims at demonstrating local leadership and reducing energy poverty through a visible retrofi t project.

Energy audit and potential associated implementation measures for municipal water infrastructure

With the goal of reducing energy and water usage associated with the municipal water infrastructure, this is planned for 2015, upon approvals.

Doornkop Community Solar Solution

With the support of Urban-LEDS the Doornkop Community installed the following solutions to equip the community center:  renewable sources of energy such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar streetlights, solar water heating, LED lighting, insulation cookers (Wonderbags), mobile LED solar lights and ceilings. 

Further engagements

  • Reporting in the carbonn Climate Registry (carbonn.org)
  • GHG inventory compliant with the Global Protocol on Community-Scale Gas Emissions (GPC)

GCC tracking for SteveTshwete

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Step II
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Step III

GreenClimateCities methodology - Legend

GreenClimateCities Methodology - Chart

Urban LEDS

Main factors for city selection

  • Situated along a strategic development corridor, and is a hub of mining and related industries.
  • Lacks community GHG sectoral inventory to inform action planning for low emissions development.
  • Published Green Development Strategy – scope for further development with localized action planning towards low economic development.
  • Obtained a national award: Green Municipality for sustainable development efforts.

Low carbon vision 

To be the best community-driven Local Municipality in the world in the provision of sustainable services and developmental programs. In 2030, Steve Tshwete is an integrated, harmonious and green locality. We are an empowered, prospering community surrounded by air that is natural and fresh, and enjoying water that is crystal clear, safe and clean. (Draft vision derived from the low-emission development scenario process during Urban-LEDS).

 

  • Final energy consumption in the community: 19,810,709 GJ (2012)
  • GHG emissions from the community: 3,773,288 tCO2e (2012)
  • Main economic activity: Coal Mining and Manufacturing.
  • Main priority sectors for Low Emission Urban Development: Energy Effi ciency, Community Engagement, Integrated Planning, Green Building (Spatial Planning).

 

 

Commitments

The city signed the committed to the ‘Durban Commitment: Local Governments for Biodiversity’ and ‘Cleanest Municipality competition’ (National and Provincial).

 

City’s main challenges

  • 78% of the municipality area is urbanized
  • Rapid population growth (2000-2010): 15%.
  • Economic drivers are mining, agriculture and transportation.

Main LED priorities of the city /city´s aspirations

  • Explore technological solutions which can reduce emissions but also act as a demonstrable indication of commitment to local people, such as waste to energy and using renewables to power water and sewerage facilities.
  • Increase integration and synergies between different departments and existing policies.
  • Promote integrated urban planning, including transport.
  • Strong focus on capacity building and raising awareness among political champions, municipal staff, and local people.

Lessons learned and replication

  • Conducting a GHG inventory to pinpoint local GHG emitting sectors enabled the local government to better prioritize its low-carbon climate action plans for enhanced energy efficiency, integrated planning and land use in the Integrated Development Plan.
  • Peer-to-peer workshops and exchange proved effective approaches to further the City’s green building policy development.
  • Moving forward, the city of Steve Tshwete will add a number of projects to its 2015 Urban-LEDS agenda, including local energy and water audits, to advance sustainable resource use from the facility to the local level.

Urban-LEDS process / GreenClimateCities methodology implementation

Urban-LEDS MoU with ICLEI

Memorandum of Understanding (12/03/2013)