What’s the difference between ESG, sustainable and impact investing? Experts unpack the buzzwords in this new podcast. Get insights from Investec, hydrogen-focused VC firm AP Ventures, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and social enterprise Kusini Water.

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At the heart of almost all of a Smart City’s systems, is sustainability. This careful planning of infrastructure and the responsible use of resources means less impact on the environment, and an improved quality of life for residents. In this last episode of our Smart City series, we chat to a Singapore-based sustainability expert, Waterfall Management Company’s CEO and Attacq’s Senior Sustainability Manager about the sustainability plans being put in place today, as well as the trends that will shape cities of the future.

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Jaco is joined by Deanne from EDMA Systems as they talk about the digital transformation of people management. This software solution is all about efficiency, sustainability, business improvement and accurately costing employees. What started as an application to manage time sheets has grown into a software solution that not only automates and breaches personnel administration, but assists with onboarding of staff, disciplining staff and ensuring their health and safety. A focus on managing and costing staff that are working remotely or working flexi hours is one of the incredible benefits. In the paper intensive world of HR, this disruptive digital transformation is just what any business needs!

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How does a city look after our future? Willie Vos (CEO of Waterfall Management Company), Giles Pendleton (Chief Development Officer at Attacq) and Kyra Rautenbach (Sustainability Manager at Attacq) explain how and why they are contributing to Waterfall’s sustainability. They cover design elements, the Waterfall weather station, backup power and water, urban design principles and so much more.

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It’s not the most obvious subject when it comes to technology, innovation and sustainability, but sanitation should be on your mind. If you don’t have sanitation, your life deteriorates and disease takes over; but if you do have it, you simply flush and forget. Professor Christopher Buckley has dedicated some 40 years to the Pollution Research Group, and along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has studied and explored the challenges South Africa faces in water use and sustainability. He chats to Gareth Cliff about where we’re at and what’s next in human waste management.

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