IBM to support SA city water management plan

DEVELOPMENT

|
Image: By IBM
IBM to support SA city water management plan

An international team of IBM executives has arrived in South Africa to provide their expertise to improving  the City of Tshwane’s water management systems. The project is part of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge programme.

The City of Tshwane was awarded an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant earlier this year. The grant provides Tshwane with access to teams of specially selected IBM experts who will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency around water services. The approximate value of each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is around USD400,000. 

During this engagement, teams of selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.  

The outcome of the initiative will be a proposed roadmap to the City of Tshwane to help grow the city economically by addressing water wastage, water quality and water revenue.

 

“The City of Tshwane is looking forward to working with this team of executives from IBM exploring smarter solutions to improve the city’s operations while enhancing service delivery,” says Tshwane Executive Mayor, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

IBM notes that water systems are essential to the growth of the economy. With deteriorating resources and exponential growth in water demand, an alarming percentage of South Africa’s water is going to waste. Water leaks alone account for many lost liters per day. Without smarter water management, the ability of the water system to meet the critical needs of people and business will be even more challenged.

“We at IBM are pleased to support the City in its aspirations to be a Smart City. We believe that by providing critical thinking and solutions beyond technology we can support the development goals particularly around economic development and poverty alleviation,” said Abraham Thomas, Country General Manager of IBM South Africa.

“The efforts of our international colleagues will also compliment the Smarter Cities work we currently have underway with several cities and metros in South Africa."

This is the eleventh  IBM team of experts to work in South Africa. Previous teams to South Africa have worked in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape as well as most recently with the City of Johannesburg.

IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge is an outgrowth of IBM's Corporate Service Corps grants program, in which IBM deploys teams of top employees to areas in the developing world to work on projects that intersect business, technology and society. Since the launch of Corporate Service Corps in 2008, nearly 1,400 IBM employees based in 50 countries have been dispatched on more than 140 team assignments in 24 countries.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship program and IBM's International Foundation. 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Sage Foundation launches in Africa

Sage has launched the Sage Foundation across Africa at the 2016 Sage Business Partner Conference, currently underway at the Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa. Read More

Airtel Ghana supports ICT education in Kanjarga community

Airtel Ghana has supported Kanjarga community through its flagship CSR programme, Airtel Touching Lives, in the Builsa South District of the Upper East Region with equipment to improve the ICT skills training in the community. Read More

MTN rewards top performers

MTN SA Foundation is rewarding top performing matriculants with bursaries and laptops to assist them with furthering their studies and give them access to the technological tools that are critical in their studies. Read More

Agritech Expo to focus on agri successes and challenges

The third edition of Zambia’s Agritech Expo will be staged in Chisamba from 14-16 April 2016. Read More

Airtel Kenya employees spread Christmas joy

More than 2000 children from various children’s homes in Kenya celebrated Christmas courtesy of Airtel. Read More

MTN Foundation-MINESEC Digital Schools Programme connects Loum

MTN Foundation has opened a multimedia centre at the government high school at Loum in the Littoral region, as part of its Digital Schools programme. Read More

Airtel Ghana launches ‘Evolve with STEM’

Lucy Quist, Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, has launched an initiative, dubbed ‘Evolve with STEM’, to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Read More

Airtel Ghana donates to Human Compassion Orphanage

Airtel has made a donation to the Human Compassion Orphanage as part of its ongoing employee led “12 Days of Giving” initiative. Read More

Twenty SMMEs graduate from MTN SA Foundation Accelerated Business Development Programme

This year twenty students are graduating from the MTN SA Foundation sponsored Accelerated Development Programme (ABDP). Read More

Caterpillar launches free e-learning website for future technicians in Africa

Caterpillar has launched the pilot phase of an e-learning website for people who have the ambition to become a technician in Nigeria, Mozambique and DR Congo. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited

FEATURED STORY

Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats Viber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats

Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. 

IN DEPTH

Poised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year WinnerPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner

Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation. 

COMPANY NEWS

Arbor Networks maintains leadership in IHS Infonetics Report on DDoS prevention appliances

Arbor Networks was identified once again as the top supplier of DDoS mitigation appliances overall, as well as in the Carrier, Enterprise and Mobile market segments, according ...