'Cities are ill-prepared to deal with the effect of extreme weather changes'

South African cities need radical decision-making and integrated approaches; this is according to the South African Cities Network.

Images and footage of the aftermath of floods and mudslides that have hit parts of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape raise questions on whether cities are prepared to deal with extreme changing weather.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Xolani Gwala Show, South African Cities Network project manager Liteboho Makhele says policies are there but there is a challenge in implementing them.

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Our cities are ill-prepared to deal with the effect of the extreme weather changes that we are seeing in the country.

Liteboho Makhele, Project manager- South African Cities Network

Urbanisation has an effect as well on this ill-preparedness.

Liteboho Makhele, Project manager- South African Cities Network

Government and cities, in particular, need to integrate their planning right to the level of service delivery operations.

Liteboho Makhele, Project manager- South African Cities Network

Listen to the full interview below...


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