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CNN International is flighting a series called The City, which includes Joburg and Rea Vaya in its examination of how climate change is affecting five of the world’s leading cities.

Rea Vaya plays a crucial role in revolutionising the public transport system in the cityRea Vaya plays a crucial role in revolutionising the public transport system in the cityJOBURG has made its debut on CNN's The City, a special series that airs on its international channel that profiles the sustainable urban future of five cities over the course of five days. In the series, CNN looks at how five mayors around the world are building smarter, more liveable cities for the 21st century.

Johannesburg began the series on 19 August, followed by Rotterdam (20 August), Seoul (21 August), Houston (22 August), and Rio de Janeiro (23 August). Watch the show every day this week on News Stream at 3pm and Connect The World at 11.30pm.

During the Joburg clip, Executive Mayor Parks Tau explains that Joburg is a bustling metropolis with a population of 3.9 million and is the leading commercial centre of the African continent. He notes that African cities are currently facing a rise in population growth and this poses challenges when it comes to providing services and infrastructure.

"One of the issues we needed to address was mobility inside the inner city so that we able to reduce congestion."

The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system essentially runs along dedicated bus lanes, the mayor explains as he travels on the buses, which transport 42 000 passengers daily.

The mayor also discuss food security, and Joburg City Parks and Zoo's initiative, the Lakeside Community Food Gardens, in Orange Farm.

To watch the full clip: click here.
 
This series forms part of the C40 Cities on-going media collaborations with CNN International, the purpose of which is to shine a spotlight on how cities are leading the way in tackling the current challenges the world faces as a result of the changing global climate. The televised segments include an interview with the C40 chairman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and put viewers on the ground in five C40 Cities. Each city's mayor leads viewers on a journey demonstrating the challenges their city faces and the actions they are taking.

The C40 Cities it is a network of large cities that are committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. "Recognising that cities consume over two-thirds of the world's energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions, our organisation's global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of programme areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world," it says.

On the C40 steering committee are: Berlin, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, London, New York City, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokyo.