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Roundtable Discussion Invitation

20 September 2016

Recently the South African Police Service announced the country’s crime statistics for 2015 indicating the increase/ decrease of crime and where crime is mostly concentrated.

These statistics are of increasing importance especially to those living in urban areas.

Cities have distinct safety challenges and tend to experience higher rates of crime, which have implications for their growth, development and quality of life. With an urbanisation rate of over 60%, the majority of South Africa’s population live in cities and towns and, it is in these urban areas that are vulnerability to violence is most acutely felt.

The South African Urban Safety Reference Group therefore invites all interested parties to a roundtable discussion, the purpose of which is to facilitate a city-level interpretation of official crime statistics, to profile individual city approaches and strategies based on the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2016, which was launched at the inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety Learning Exchange on 29 July 2016.

This follow-up roundtable discussion is an opportunity for in-depth interaction with the content by member cities, partners in the policy and advocacy spaces, knowledge institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

The roundtable is hosted by the SA Urban Safety Reference Group, along with technical support from the South African Cities Network and the GIZ- Violence and Crime Prevention Programme along with research inputs from the University of Cape Town’s Centre of Criminology.

Date: 28 September 2016

Venue: Msunduzi City Hall

Time: 09h00

Latitude: -29.6016961

Longitude: 30.379056600000013


Space is limited therefore it is important to RSVP as soon as possible.

For general enquires contact Siphelele Ngobese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 011 407 6264.

For media enquires contact Mayleen Vincent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 082 488 0484.


The Science Forum: SA 2015 will take place on 8-9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. The 2015 theme is: “Igniting conversations about science.” The Science Forum: South Africa is inspired by events such as ESOF, AAAS, and the Japan Agora. The conference has 3 key objectives of the Forum:

1.To create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation and society in South Africa;

2.To strengthen South Africa’s strategic international science, technology and innovation partnerships; and

3.To create a platform for senior government leaders, academics, scientists, industry, civil society, and students to interact.

What to expect:

The Forum offers an enticing programme, including several parallel sessions, addressing the following diverse range of science and science policy themes:

1.Responding to societal challenges: interrogating the socio-economic impact of STI;

2.Skills for the knowledge economy: focusing on the importance of, and challenges for STI-oriented human capital development;

3.Showcasing South Africa’s best: highlighting flagship South African science success stories, especially those related to international partnerships;

4.Science agenda for Africa: discussing regional and continental partnerships to advance Africa’s growth and development;

5.What does the scientist say: interrogating the role of science in informing policy- and decision-making, including with regard to topics prominent in public debate; and

6. African eyes on the sky: discussing various aspects of astronomy in Africa including the SKA project. Go to www.sfsa.co.za for more on the 2015 science forum.

COP – What’s it all about?

The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation. The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement to success Kyoto Protocol was unfortunately not realised and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.

 In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

 France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society. To visit the official COP21 website for more information, click here. Go tohttp://www.cop21paris.org/ for more information on Cop 21.

The Africities Summit 7 was hosted from the 29th November to 3 December 2015, in Johannesburg, under the theme Shaping Africa’s local government with the people. Africities hosted stakeholders, delegates and officials from across the African continent as well as stakeholders and partners from various regions: such as ministers, local authorities and local elected officials; officials of local and central administrations; civil society organizations, associations and trade unions; economic operators of the public and private sectors as well as of the social/ solidarity economy, traditional rulers; researchers and academics; international cooperation agencies.

The Africities 7 Summit, the seventh edition of the Local Governments Pan-African Days, will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 November to 3 December 2015. Its central theme will be: “SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA WITH THE PEOPLE: THE CONTRIBUTION OF AFRICAN LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO AGENDA 2063 OF THE AFRICAN UNION.” Creating a Vision for Africa, It is an exciting time for Africa, filled with possibility and a renewed sense of self-confidence. This is powerfully captured in the Agenda 2063 – Towards an Africa we want, which incites everyone to play an active role to see the following vision come to fruition:

A aspire that by 2063, Africa shall be a prosperous continent, with the means and resources to drive its own development, and where: African people have a high standard of living, quality of life, sound health and well-being. A continent full of well-educated citizens through a skills revolution underpinned by science, technology and innovation for a knowledge society.The Africities Summit pursued two major objectives: 1. Defining appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of the people at the local level.2.Contributing to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots inspired by the AU’s 2063 vision. The Africities 7 Summit was organized in three segments; Opening Session, Thematic Sessions and Political Sessions which allowed different networks of African local authorities and networks wishing to work with the African local authorities to present their proposals and to contribute to the reflections. Go to www.africities2015.org for more information on Africities.

Our new Calender is Coming Soon!

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The Executive Mayor for the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Parks Tau, will launch the SOCF, in his capacity as the Chair of the SACN Board at a cocktail function on 11 November 2015 at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Illovo, Johannesburg from 17h30 to 18h30.

To RSVP go to http://bit.ly/1Q4QQwN

The South African Cities Network (SACN) will be hosting the 4rd and final Urban Land dialogue series at CSIR in Pretoria. The dialogue series is hosted  partnership with CSIR and themed Understanding Land Markets and Translating Policy to Practice We encourage all parties interested in Land issues to attend, all dialogue participants will receive copies of the Land paper series. 

We encourage you to visit ww.sacities.net to register and to access information on the dialogue series.

The South African Cities Network (SACN) will be hosting the 3rd land exciting dialogue series on Urban Land in Pietermaritzburg. The dialogue series  is hosted in partnership with Msunduzi Municipality and themed Land for spatial transformation.We encourage all parties interested in Land issues to attend, all dialogue participants will receive copies of the Land paper series. 

We encourage you to visit www.sacities.net to register and to access information on the dialogue series.

The KMRG is an ongoing forum for peer learning and dialogue through quarterly meetings hosted by KMRG Cities, supported by an online platform for continual sharing and exchange.

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