[South Africa] Low carbon transport project extended to Northwest Province
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) South African Low Carbon Transport (LCT) Project has announced the extension of project activities in the Northwest Province.
Following the successful joint initiative with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in May earlier this year on low carbon transport, a request from the Northwest Province was addressed to UNIDO requesting assistance for the acquisition of two fully electric cars for the Provincial Department of Rural, Agricultural and Economic Development (READ).
The LCT initiative is closely related to the recently released Green Transport Strategy, which is a national effort of cooperative governance on cleaner mobility and non-motorized transport. UNIDO’s Low Carbon Transport Project was actively involved with all stakeholders in the development of the Green Transport Strategy together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).
The partnership between the Northwest Province and UNIDO provided the platform for the Northwest Province to make their own funds available from the provincial budget to procure two electric vehicles, providing another success story for clean mobility in South Africa.
In the handover ceremony, the keys of the two cars were delivered to Dr. Poncho Mokaila, Head of the Provincial Department of Rural, Agricultural and Economic Development (READ) by UNIDO’s National Programme Officer, Levy Maduse.
The domino-effect of such additional initiatives creates opportunities for like-minded stakeholders across the country to follow in these footsteps. UNIDO is looking forward to playing an active role in facilitating the widespread uptake of electric vehicles around South Africa in major cities, as well as in less developed municipalities.
UNIDO and SANEDI work closely with the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane (Pretoria), eThekwini (Durban) and Cape Town on integrating multi-modal low carbon transport solutions. Policy improvements, awareness creation and building broad public-private partnerships underline the work that the project has so far undertaken. It is expected that the project will attract similar attention from various smaller cities in South Africa as the project develops further.