The 13th annual IAB Bookmark Awards took place today in a prestigious virtual celebration. Hosted by the multi skilled Selae Thobakgake and Merica Monamodi; the most thrilling and innovative digital marketing campaigns of the past year were announced.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
Coined by the United Nations General Assembly, World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October. Alexander Abrass, senior sales director, Danfoss Cooling, Turkey, Middle East & Africa, says that this year, "We, as a global community, need to address the future challenges of urbanisation and make a concerted effort in contributing to sustainable urban development, especially during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, whilst most households work and study from home."
It is estimated that at least 55% of the human population live in cities and towns and that this number will increase to 70% by the year 2050, with the majority of growth attributed to Asia, Africa, in particular China, India and Nigeria, where population growth is at its highest.
“The UN-Habitat identifies cities and their communities as being at the frontline of the Covid-19 response, and Danfoss aims to contribute at the forefront in the supply and recommendation of green economic, sustainable and energy efficient technology to ease the impact of urban development during this new normality,” says Abrass.
Addressing the world’s urban challenges
Urban October was launched by UN-Habitat in 2014 to emphasise the world’s urban challenges and engage the international community towards the New Urban Agenda. The aim - to ensure cities and human settlements become more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
“Gone are the days of conventional methodologies of producing, transporting, storing and the way we consume perishable foods. As it is estimated that 8.9% of the world’s population (690 million people) suffer from hunger, we need to do more with less, as a global community.
Alexander Abrass, senior sales director, Danfoss Cooling, Turkey, Middle East & Africa
The Birmingham Energy Institute estimates that as much as 90% of the food wastage in developing countries stems from food loss somewhere along the supply chain. An estimated $940bn are lost, and 4.4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are created by the production of food, which will never be consumed, annually. With efficient cold chains, food loss could be reduced by up to 40%.
Another concerning issue cities are facing is that of clean water and sanitation. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, we still live in a society where:
Lastly, climate change is an ever-increasing concern to our entire planet.
In the past months, amid the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19, we have seen a decline in the global energy demand by 3.8%, and a consequent drop in CO2 emissions, alas unless the wave of investment to restart economies is dedicated to the green transition, the rebound in emissions can be larger than the decline. To meet the 1.5°C Paris target, we must cut emissions by 7.6% in the next year, and every year thereafter. Sustainable, energy efficient infrastructure, alongside building efficiency retrofit, are investments that can support countries boosting economic growth and mitigating climate change.
“We need to adapt swiftly and promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed local and marginalised communities,” said Abrass.
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