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South Africa: The Innovation Hub's Climate Innovation Centre Embarks on Outreach Programmes to Pave A Way for a Greener Province
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 02, 2013

The Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) is a public-private partnership between The Innovation Hub and the World Bank's InfoDevClimate Technology Programme. It is viewed as one of the pillars for Gauteng to achieve the province's objectives of job creation, industrial development, technological innovation, social inclusion and economic empowerment in line with the Gauteng Green Economic Strategy.
The Innovation Hub's CEO, McLean Sibanda, said: "Climate change is one of the greatest threats to sustainable development and it is important that communities are made aware of the impacts of climate change as we continue to work towards a greener future, seek opportunities to climate-proof our people, grow our economy, and protect our natural resources. The inclusivity workshops offered by the CIC will also enable The Innovation Hub to identify entrepreneurs with innovative technologies or solutions that will address climate adaptation and climate mitigation."

The CIC offers a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits. It supports innovative clean technology enterprises that build the domestic industry, increase climate resilience, reduce carbon emissions, connect to international markets and create jobs. The CIC also provides a suite of services to help entrepreneurs proactively and profitably develop, transfer and deploy advanced climate technologies that meet local needs.

The aim of the inclusive growth workshops is to:
* Promote awareness of climate technologies that serve the bottom of the economic pyramid and other marginalised groups.
* Promote awareness of the CIC and how it will support small and medium-sized enterprises to generate
inclusive green growth.
* Facilitate interaction and exchange among current and existing players in the climate innovation ecosystem.
* Gather information on stakeholder needs to further refine CIC activities towards inclusive growth and serving the marginalised.
The first outreach programme was launched in partnership with the Business Clinic at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus, on 12 September 2013. The workshop was attended by 165 participants, among them former Ms Earth, Ella Bella, and current Ms Earth, Ashanti Mbanga. Other scheduled workshops include:
Date Venue
18 September 2013 Vaal University of Technology
20 September 2013 University of Witwatersrand
25 September 2013 Central Johannesburg College – Alexandra Campus
30 September 2013 University of Johannesburg – Soweto Campus
At the workshop, a technology showcase was set up by Ecovestand Arivi, both green innovative entrepreneurs that are already supported by the CIC. Their innovative technologies focus on cooking solutions and solar panel lighting aimed at communities, thus giving communities access to products that could have a lasting positive impact on their lives.

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