At first, it may not seem much, or important that we consider this, in fact, many locals in South Africa are not aware of the implications a clean country has on our economy. This is proof after South Africa has experienced fecal and garbage attacks at academic institutions and government facilities, what could be worse? Apart from the general garbage disposal issues our country currently spends hundreds of millions per month to keep South Africa clean, and yet we fail at earning an average EPI (Environmental Performance Index) of 56.60 amongst 180 countries globally. What are we doing wrong?
Sadly, the reality is that South Africa has not made drastic changes to it’s strategies for improving it’s methods or technologies for the South African environment. This has serious implications on our economy, people, tourism and even it’s wildlife. South Africa currently has an EPI Index of 44.73 which was recorded in 2018. Keep in mind also that these indicators also directly affects South Africa’s GDP in some way. This index currently placed South Africa at 142 in the world of 180 countries measured, and 22nd in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the EPI Index even our neighbouring countries, excluding Zimbabwe, has defeated us in this race, namely, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
One of the consistent lessons of the EPI INdex is that achieving sustainability goals requires South Africa to invest in the infrastructure necessary to protect human health and ecosystems. In a rapidly urbanizing world, it is important to build facilities for delivering improved sources of drinking water, managing wastewater, and mitigating all forms of pollution. The inherent tension of sustainable development is that income growth too often comes at the cost of the environment, especially through exploitation of natural resources and unchecked industrialization.
What is South Africa’s mistake? First we need to understand the economy and society that exist today. We possess a rather afflicted society that has not and possibly choose not to bridge away from the effects of Apartheid, this has serious consequence on the future thought of progress. This is largely at fault with the lack of awareness and education in such matters that impact people, first. What we mean, is that South Africa currently does not spend enough resources in creating an inclusive economy i.e. to reduce inequality and eliminate poverty, as well as enough on education. South African people has a very individualistic psychology as a result of it’s past. Germany is one such example that has proven it’s inclusive economic effectiveness and strategic changes from the Holocaust. Today, Germany is one of the most thriving startup and economic Capitals in the world. South Africa can adopt and take example here, amongst others.
How can we change this? South Africa needs entrepreneurs to step up with innovative and inclusive concepts that will drive change and exclude individualistic ideologies such as race, gender and age. Startups in South Africa need a new approach, to overlook such data and move forward to one goal, in this case, a starting point, the cleanliness of South Africa and aim to be the cleanest country in the World. To work together using technology or robots in our cities and townships. Recruiting robots to do this, enables us to focus most of our revenues and resources on impacting communities through awareness and educational programmes across the country.
South African entrepreneurs are challenged to design and develop systems and technologies to clean streets, waste facilities, water, air pollution and many more. We urge you to look at AI (Artificial Intelligence) built drones or CCTV capturing to evaluate and test areas regularly for illegal garbage disposal, extractive and regenerative technology for cleaner air and water environments, as well as, and not limited to, conversion or replacement of plastic waste for reuse or biodegradable product manufacturing.
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