#cocreateMYCITY Durban 2017

#cocreateMYCITY Durban is an initiative from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to cocreate sustainable, smart solutions to urban challenges in the city of Durban. On the 23rd of November business, government and knowledge institutes  come together to hold workshops and discuss Durban as a City of the Future.

What is #cocreateMYCITY?

There are strong bonds of friendship that already exist between the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the Netherlands.  A Sister City Agreement between Rotterdam and Durban has already been established in 1997. In 2013 the Embassy has facilitated the establishment of a Centre of Expertise in eThekwini with specific focus on water and sanitation. Furthermore, a ground breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in November 2015  to initiate a partnership between the parties to share knowledge and expertise on sustainable industrial development. It is upon the basis of these ties that we  wish to expand on our relationship with the City of eThekwini and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Currently the Netherlands is the fifth largest exporting partner to the region and Durban is home to many large Dutch multinational companies such as Vopak, Unilever, Royal Haskoning and De Heus, to name but a few.

This project strives to connect Dutch and South African students and establish cooperation in order to find tangible solutions to urban challenges in the city of Durban. By conducting this project, opportunities for Dutch companies are identified in the region. By connecting partners in business, government and knowledge institutes, we aim to #cocreateMYCITY Durban!

Below you will find an overview of the different challenges that will be presented to the students.

CCMC Sectors

CCMC 2017 - Sectors

The Challenges

The 23rd of November will be centered around the concept of Durban as a City of the Future. Key speakers from the Netherlands, the City of Durban itself and students from both countries will touch upon what it means to be a smart, resilient and sustainable city. Individual workshops deepen this discussion by providing specific showcases, roundtable discussions and presentations of and among entrepreneurs for each of the five aforementioned sectors – to broaden our understanding and lay the groundworks for further collaboration between the Netherlands and Kwazulu-Natal.

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Limited seating is available so RSVP is essential.


a) Redressing the imbalances of the apartheid city required that travelling times from and to work of the urban poor are reduced. The City has begun to invest many resources on a new public transport network. What innovative, but simple smart city technologies can help improve the mobility of the urban poor?

b) What technology can be developed that would monitor travel times for trucks specifically freight and keep them from congesting roads around the Durban harbour?


c) The development of a parking app where private garages provide information of availability of parking space and how to get there for people wanting a parking in the city.

d) Scoping and framing an Expression of Interest for a CBD bike share system with App to access and register to use.

e) Linked do the above – App that identifies bike stored, permits access to locked facility and tracks bike movement through smartphone.

f) Development of an institutional model that permits Government subsidised Social housing to be established on privately owned land through some form of rights/sectional title/servitude type arrangement.


a) Given the impact of drought that our Province AGRICULTURE is facing, what are feasible rainwater harvesting solutions?

b) What are innovative ways to facilitate reuse of grey water at a residential level?

c) What innovative low cost sanitation solutions can be proposed for the eThekwini Municipal Area?


a) The eThekwini Municipality is committed to ensuring food security for all within the Metropolitan Area. What creative new methods can be introduced to induce high yield, high nutritional value crops in high density, limited space living environments?


Energy Resilience in Urban Agriculture.

The current conventional methods used for crop production are too energy reliant. For example diesel fuel for ploughing using tractors is not measured as an input cost and having reached peak oil globally the following research is required:

a) What current non food crop for biofuel has to be grown as a LED exercise to power agri equipment that ensures non dependence on existing municipal fuel supply.

b) This may also lead to our bus transport fleet being reconfigurated for the same purpose.

The supply of the biofuel raw material to be undertaken by the community that already has access to crop production methodology and or those which understand the mechanisms.

c) This will lead to a partnership between the suppliers and the local government entities that insure income generation poverty alleviation and Job creation.


a) Rainwater Harvesting Tanks are useless if they are full when its raining. What alternatives are there to harvesting rain water?


a) How to grow the most vegetables in the least space in the shortest timeframe – is an exercise which replaces current  conventional

crop production methods and has been proven at various community gardens – however the mindset and attitude change required requires a large scale   demonstration that can be related to a biofuel crop exercise.

b) How to prepare the most energy efficient meals without losing caloric and kilojoule value in the shortest time - off the grid – aimed at the secondary food producer (chef) in conjunction with the primary food producer (farmer)


a) Energy for crop production and food production from one and the same source –

Compost and Biogas - relative to ‘ no green material must leave the ward or community ‘without having undergone reuse as recycled material to ensure sustainability of all of the above

b) The research, as part of a township based Open Space Project, is based on the assumption, that aroecology could be important in terms of resilience, food security and sustainable living. It should answer the question, how a customized agroecology model for the highly urbanized areas such as the Bridge City/ KwaMashu precinct could be established:



a) What would be the most appropriate ‘basket’ of energy services to meet the energy needs of poor households and reduce the energy burden, or cost of energy associated greenhouse gas emissions?


Health Care

a) What application can be developed that can provide effective live water quality data so users can make real-time informed decisions about recreation in local streams and rivers?

b) What innovative low cost solutions can be developed to prevent secondary infections at primary health care facilities due to poor ventilation and air circulation?

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