Africities 2015: The Dynamics of Sustainable Development

By Nwabisa Klaas

The CoJ, South Africa’s economic hub, will be hosting the 7th Africities Summit of cities and local governments of Africa on 1–4 December 2015. The summit is held every three years and looks at issues affecting urban and economic development in African cities. The theme for 2015 is ‘2063 Vision for Africa: Which contributions from the African local governments?’ It will explore the local government vision for the next 50 years and creative ways of solving the problems facing cities on the continent.

The summit brings together leaders of local/city governments, representatives from the private sector and trade unions, and researchers and academics to share ideas and experiences, and to discuss local development issues. Above all, the summit will seek to develop a consolidated African position on urbanisation, climate change as well as human habitat in Africa.

The launch was attended by media and dignitaries from various African states. After a welcome address by the CoJ’s Executive Mayor, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, the UCLGA Secretary General, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi introduced the Africities concept and purpose. Then, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Honourable Pravin Gordhan gave the keynote address. A high-profile panel discussion followed, during which the chairperson of SALGA, Mayor of Seychelles, President of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa (Refela) and the President of Association of Municipalities of Mali engaged the audience and media on the impact of rapid urbanisation and climate change on human settlements.


Some facts about the Africities Summit 2015:

  • 15 000 visitors expected (compared to 11 000 visitors in 2012)
  • Over 150 exhibitors from five continents expected
  • 500 business-to-business meetings scheduled
  • 30 thematic conferences and technical workshops scheduled

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