Background and priorities

South Africa joined P4G as a country partner in 2019. 

Sustainable development is deeply entrenched in the Constitution of South Africa. It is one of the few constitutions in the world that embeds sustainable development to address social, economic and environmental imperatives.  

With policies such as the Country’s National Development Plan: Vision 2030 and its newly published Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (2020), the country is committed to transforming its economy to a low carbon, resource efficient and inclusive development pathway.

South Africa has prioritized clean energy accessibility and food loss and waste reduction across the country. P4G accelerates partnerships that align with South Africa’s development priorities, including energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, food loss and waste, financial and smart tech for WASH and low-carbon infrastructure.  

South Africa has supported six partnerships since 2019 that support these national priorities, including Energise Africa, a crowdlending platform that allows everyday investors to support clean energy projects, and Getting to Zero Coalition, which works to create commercial opportunities in the decarbonization of the shipping and the maritime sector and port operations. 

P4G looks forward to supporting South Africa's green business models and launching the P4G National Platform in 2022. 

“South Africa, like all African countries, is experiencing serious and ever-increasing climate change related impacts, including the frequency and severity of storms, droughts and floods. These are already causing significant social and economic disruption.

It is an unfortunate reality that the brunt of these impacts are borne by the poorest and most vulnerable communities and groups, largely found in developing countries.

We all agree that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity this century. We all need to respond according to our respective responsibilities, circumstances and capability.”

Minister Barbara Creecy, Department of Environmental Affairs – at the High-Level Segment of the UNFCCC CoP25/CMP15/CMA2

Country Representatives and Main Contacts

Barbara Creecy

Board of Directors

Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, South Africa
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Jenitha Badul

P4G Focal Point, Senior Policy Advisor, DEFF
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Country News & Events

Country Partnerships

Energise Africa
Getting to Zero Coalition
uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP)
Smart Solutions for Plastic Waste Management
Building Circular Food Systems
Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN), South Africa
The Women’s Livelihood Bond™
IIX Women’s Livelihood Bond Series
Africa GreenCo