SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

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The South African government has identified the green economy as one of 12 job drivers that could help contribute to what increasingly appears to be a highly ambitious target of creating five-million additional jobs by 2020. In fact, the New Growth Path, in which the sectoral jobs targets are disaggregated, envisages that as many as 300 000 new direct jobs could be created in the areas of natural resource management and renewable-energy construction. Targeted actions include using the expanded public works programme to upscale recycling and community cleaning programmes, as well as supporting the manufacture, deployment, operation and management of green tech- nologies, both on a large utility-type scale, as well as at household level. Government also accepts that such roll-outs, whether they involve the removal of alien vegetation, the construction of wind farms or the installation of solar geysers, will require fiscal support.

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