Bloemfontein – The government is looking for partnerships to create
300 000 new jobs in the green economy
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister
said on Tuesday.
environment sector green economy
implementation plan has this year received a boost of R800m for the
over the next two financial years,” Molewa said at
World Environment Day
The department would use the funding to attract new and additional investments, to stimulate job creation and to lay the foundations for South Africa’s transition to a low carbon, job-creating and resource-efficient growth path.
Molewa said South Africa was also extending its partnerships to international funding institutions such as the
World Bank Clean Technology Fund
and the newly established
Green Climate Fund
The country had entered into the
Green Economy Accord
, which had been called one of the most comprehensive social pacts on green jobs in the world.
Molewa said the implementation of the projects would offer the country the opportunity to close the scarce skills gap in this sector.
“We have observed that it was insufficient and needed to be supplemented by formal training at higher learning institutions.”
Molewa said the department would soon launch the first phase of countrywide green hubs, with various satellite and regional operations.
The project would be launched in Mangaung where more job opportunities would be created as part of the department’s waste management strategy, which focused also on job creation.
“Waste is wealth and we aim to prove that in line with our efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle waste, we could create job opportunities for all our young people,” said Molewa.