Cities are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Two of the African cities showing leadership are Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Tshwane in South Africa, especially when it comes to more sustainable public transport. Addis recently rolled out sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system, and is set to introduce a BRT system. Tshwane, meanwhile, is the first municipality in sub-Saharan Africa to have introduced natural gas-powered buses.
In these short video interviews from the C40 Cities, a network of cities working to address climate change, the mayors of both cities discuss why cities are best placed to take bold and effective action on climate change. As the mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, says, “The epicenter of global economic development and growth is located in cities, so we can’t be ignored anymore. It is important that there is vertical integration with national government and horizontal cooperation with peers.”
Photo: Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa at the C40 Forum in Paris. Screenshot from video.