Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses.
This report and five case studies are part of a broader initiative on small business development in South Africa’s climate change space, by TIPS with support and funding from the Government of Flanders. The research comprises a main report, which summarises the research findings on the topic, and five case studies on South African-based entrepreneurs active in the adaptation space: AB Farms, EWEF-SusTech, Loo Afrique, MySmartFarm and Waste Intrique.
Climate change adaption and small business – case studies
- Mogale Maleka and Tumelo Pule: Using hydrophonics to enhance food security
- Bulelwa Ntsendwana: Harnessing chemistry for sustainable development and women empowerment
- Rori Mpete: Thinking outside the box – retrofitting water saving in conventional waterborne sanitation systems
- Wolfgang von Loeper: Sustainable farming: ensuring food security while preserving the planet
- Tshego Mpete: Embracing green opportunities in the water sector
The Unlocking Green Jobs: A Catalytic Intervention was a two-year collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). Published reports include a synthesis report, Unlocking green jobs in South Africa: A catalytic intervention, which summarises the findings and three three case studies. The reports were produced with the financial assistance of the WWF Nedbank Green Trust and Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
- Essential Amathole: A case study of unlocking green jobs in the bioprospecting sector
- Protecting and unlocking jobs through water stewardship: A case study Linked to the Umbogintwini Industrial Complex, Ethekwini
- Unlocking and retaining jobs in the alien vegetation added value chain through industrial symbiosis: Case study on wood pellets