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S. Sudan at risk of water and environmental pollution: official

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April 22, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan, which suffered decades of civil war with neighboring Sudan, faces high risks of environmental and water pollution, an official told a summit in South Africa.

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Joseph Kulang (C) makes a presentation at the summit in Cape Town, South Africa (Larco Lomayat)

Speaking at the Africa Urban Infrastructure summit held in Cape Town, Joseph Kulang, the Chairman of South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state Investment Authority said apart from threat pollution poses, the country also lacks basic facilities needed avert the crisis.

Several speakers from different countries, attended th two-day summit, organized by the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille at Cape Town International Convention Center, South Africa.

He however stressed that pollution remains a major problem in the continent, given Africa’s fast growing urbanization.

“(..)Concentration of population, particularly in large cities is posing unprecedented pressure on the urban infrastructure and its basic, recreational and other social facilities,” Kulang told the summit.

The SSIA chairman, further said, while most urban centers usually face problems, such as inadequate water, electricity, sanitation, transportation and transportation, they is need for proper urban planning.

“Social class division becomes apparent where the disadvantage groups are always pushed to the edges of the cities creating shanty towns. Unemployment particularly among the youth becomes a social challenge that amounts into increase in crime rates,” he remarked.

As a result, provision of urban infrastructure service and envelopment constitute a real challenge today that deserves a focus on how this situation can be addressed and improved, he added, advocating for effective development policies and strategies.

According to Kulang, Juba, the new nation’s capital, still faces enormous challenges, citing the absence of approaches, strategies and infrastructure tools for urban planning; inefficient land use policies and land management regulations; inadequate solid and liquid waste management as well as inadequate urban transportation facilities, traffic concessions, lack of transport terminals and stations.

He however said to ensure sustainable urban infrastructure service delivery to the problems facing Juba, the following needed to be put in place;

  • Not to take only courage but commitment and reasonability to empirical planning and budgeting for better and sustainable urban infrastructure for all urban dwellers
  • Consolidate a renewed political will for effective implementation of the desired policies and rules of thump as effective delivery of urban development services
  • Sensitization of stake holders about their roles, responsibilities and obligations
  • Creating enabling environment of both domestic and foreign investment in the urban development sectors
  • Develop robust management of urban infrastructure to ensure cost effective recovery and as well to ensure comprehensive approaches to tackle major concerns, e.g. land, shelter, traffic gams and other social infrastructure service
  • To ensure that urban development should be investment driven rather than a political vehicle.

(ST)

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  • 23 April 2013 10:49, by trinitri

    This would be a good way to invest petrol money...

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    • 23 April 2013 16:28, by Nyachebe

      It’s what I have been telling people that Kiir will loot the first revue of oil in the name of debt. Now, the guanine question is: Did Mr. President and his clique had made public aware of the said debt being borrowed for sustaining the economics of the nation during the shutdown period? Answer is Big No. All Kiir is trying to do is to fill their semi-dry accounts with oil money before public smel

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      • 23 April 2013 16:29, by Nyachebe

        smell it. I told people it will take nation 6 months to see oil benefit from Warap thieves, and this exactly what he told parliament. Please read president’s message being quoted below:
        “Many people are wondering what will happen now that the first oil is reaching Port Sudan and the income will begin to come to us. This is not the time to deal with this in great detail, but let me make the followi

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        • 23 April 2013 16:30, by Nyachebe

          following points:
          It is not possible to lose 98% of the national income, for an extended time, without a price.
          It is not possible to leave austerity behind straight away. We must pay our dues. We have incurred debts to those who kept us afloat and enabled us to keep core services running. We must repay those debts as a matter of honour and urgency. This is a priority”.

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          • 23 April 2013 17:13, by Tutbol

            Nyachebe,
            People are getting tired of these corruptions talks every day, why don’t we just leave it to the authorities concerned to look into them and focus on our others issues of greater importance?

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        • 24 April 2013 06:06, by Turism

          Mrs. Nyachebe, what are you trying to tell people here? Do you mean the oil money is ready this time such that people should load their accounts as you said, my fren if you don’t know the process of carryingout everything then keep quiet you are crazy or out of control Mrs.

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  • 23 April 2013 10:57, by Sir King

    These are foreign companies which direct sewages to river Nile to reduce cost, when Kiir and his ministers concern are sleeping endlessly with foreign Wisky! What a diot state of affairs. Mayardit:
    - A failed man in his own house with Ayen and come to rule a country.
    - A drunkard who always sleep with Wisky who signs most of the contract while drunk.
    - A man of who see foreigners more important

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  • 23 April 2013 11:07, by Matem Ngor Matem

    United Nations on Environmental Protections or programme (UNEP) should suppose to carry out National awareness in collaboration with Government of South Sudan on how the environment can be sustain in a good manner so that the local communities know how important the environmental sustainability is, so let be mindful about that.

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  • 23 April 2013 11:12, by Tutbol

    Yes cultural issues need to be adhered to when it comes towns residential planings. Gated communities based on classes such as the ones in the US, South Africa & several other africans countries who adopted British class life style system. Cuts & pastes European life styles our leaders sherish, often create a sub-life styles that are alien to africans. In S Sudan we are egalitarian commumities...

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    • 23 April 2013 11:35, by Tutbol

      ... yes we need our need neat & clean cities but the imported alliens life styles of class based that are known for dividing cities & communities in the British inspired planed cities & should not be given precedent over S Sudanese ways of life. That is, our cities shouldn’t be planed with class based system in mind. If you class system life styles, then build your house in your family farm.

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  • 23 April 2013 14:50, by 4Justice

    Juba needs sewage system

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