Sustainable Stellenbosch - Opening Dialogues

written by: Webmaster on Friday, 26 October 2012. Posted in News, General News

Sustainable Stellenbosch - Opening Dialogues

The much-anticipated book, Sustainable Stellenbosch – Opening Dialogues, will be launched on 30  November with a special day-long workshop engaging key actors in meaningful discussions about the future of the greater Stellenbosch.

We need your participation for the sake of securing a sustainable future for the people of the Stellenbosch region, including surrounding towns and areas.

Venue: Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Ecovillage, off the R310
Date: 30 November 2012
Time: 08:00-17:00
RSVP: By 8 November 2012 using the form below. Contact Gyro Valentyn if you have any queries - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel: +27 +21 881 3196

Space is limited, so booking is essential.


Workshop Structure

Morning Session 1: Opening and Introduction | Spaces (spatial planning, urban spaces, local economy development and housing)

Morning Session 2: Resource Flows and Networks (energy, housing, sanitation, water)

Afternoon Session 1: Socio-ecological issues (soil, agriculture, health and wellness, poverty and inequality, education, children, culture and heritage)

Afternoon Session 2: Summary and Closing

More information about the invitation

Please help us identify the right stakeholders to invite – people who work in fields related to any of the topics mentioned above and below; as well as members of the community who are passionate about our town and surrounds. Contact Ruenda Loots with your feedback and enquiries – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel +27 +21 881 3196.

More information about the book

Edited by Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Mark Swilling, Ben Sebitosi and Ruenda Loots, Sustainable Stellenbosch – Opening Dialogues is an interdisciplinary collection of thought-provoking inputs about the challenges facing Stellenbosch. These range from resource flows (such as energy, water, sewage, solid waste and mobility) to the wider socio-ecological context (including biodiversity, public health, urban planning, social development, art and cultural transformation).

The conflicts that arise from the need for an economically efficient but socially responsive and environmentally sustainable development strategy means traditional models of societal management and outdated technologies are no longer tenable. The authors – 50 leading researchers and practitioners in diverse fields – propose alternative futures that could arise if we changed our thinking about what is desirable, viable and sustainable given global and local demands. As such, the book provides a good basis for a town-wide dialogue about possible equitable and sustainable futures.

The book emerged from the Rector-Mayor Forum established in 2005 to facilitate discussions between the University and Municipality about the challenges facing Stellenbosch and ways of combining forces to generate solutions. This work is based on research supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and by the TsamaHub, an initiative of Stellenbosch University’s HOPE Project. Published by SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch under the imprint SUN PReSS.

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