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Africa convention addresses infrastructure delivery and improving quality of life

The second ICE Middle East and Africa Convention, Accelerating Infrastructure Delivery − Improving the Quality of Life, took place in Cape Town between 15-18 January.

The convention, attended by local and international industry leaders from Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries, presented the new thinking evolving internationally on the delivery of infrastructure.

It was held at the International Convention Centre and was hosted by the ICE joint division in South Africa (SAICE) led by ICE representative Mike Lomas.

The focal point of the event was a technical conference on 15 January, with speeches on shaping infrastructure delivery from industry leaders including ICE president Paul Jowitt.

The conference was attended by ICE and SAICE members, development organisations with a focus on Africa, industry leaders and built environment professionals.

“We no longer have the moral freedom to power our way into the future by burning fossil fuels, and we are slipping towards an environmental catastrophe”

Paul Jowitt

During his speech Jowitt said: “There are growing international tensions for access to water, minerals and other scarce resources, we no longer have the moral freedom to power our way into the future by burning fossil fuels, and we are slipping towards an environmental catastrophe on a global scale.

“There are 1bn people without access to safe water, 1.6bn without electricity, 2.5bn without adequate sanitation, 1bn without access to telephone services and 1bn rural poor without access to all-weather roads.

“Resolving all this will require tremendous innovation and ingenuity by engineers, working alongside other technical and non-technical disciplines,” he added.

Other speakers at the conference included SAICE president, Ali Naidu and Arup director Peter Head.

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