The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) invites members of the media to the Highway Africa Conference taking place in Grahamstown. The Highway Conference is proudly hosted by the University of Rhodes in partnership with SALGA, Department of Cooperative Governance and the South African Cities Network to mount a series of events focused on local governance to deepen a culture of transparency, responsiveness and accountability. The theme for the 2016 Highway Africa is “The Internet and the Media”.
The Highway Africa Conference is a contribution to a process of making Africa a more reflective society, not only on the past and present but possible future urban realities in Africa, including how they act as vehicles for the development of communication systems, as well as the sites for innovation and progress.
The world is becoming more and more urban. It is estimated that by 2050 at least 70 percent of the world population will be living in urban areas. This is a massive increase considering that in 1950 only 30% of the global population was urban. South Africa is no exception to this phenomenon. Our urban population is expected to increase from 63 to 80 percent by 2050. This means that by 2050, eight out of every ten South African will live in urban areas. At the same time, the urban reality means different things to different people. In general terms it is about living close to your neighbours, with mobility and relatively easy access to facilities and services being the norm. But it has become much more than that, and as the language suggests, the urban systems now have to be SMART, resilient, accommodating and accessible to all.
The details of the conference are as follows:
Event Date: 28- 29 August 2016
Venue: Eden Grove Red, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Download the full statement: Highway-Africa-Local-Government-Day-2016