In the evolving landscape of reporting requirements and pressures to contain costs, skilled employable youth will be South Africa’s main focus area until 2019. While there is an urgent need to fix wages in the formal sector, formal industries will not be a job creator for the next decade, placing great pressure on entrepreneur innovation to fulfil this role.
By identifying and implementing Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) the National Development Plan (NDP) plays a key role in connecting diverse partners to develop the least resourced districts — including several municipalities in the Eastern Cape (Ngquza, King Sabetha Dalindyebo, Chris Hani, Mnquma and Amatole). Improving investment in agriculture and rural infrastructure, Greenfield projects are configured to develop towns and villages that many of South Africa’s mining labour force and their families call home. Challenging economic times require clear modern actions. Self-sustainable projects must be designed to create revenue streams for the present and into the future by creating 1 200 new jobs in the green economy — jobs made up of 60% rural women and 40% youth who service the six Great Places in the north central Eastern Cape.
In order to manage, measure, plan, fast-track and educate individuals and organisations, we need robust IT capabilities. By building a credible greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, information communication technologies will assist in carbon reporting, pricing and taxation scenarios, converting raw data to metrics, managing stakeholder and shareholder expectations. We need to provide breaks for the economically marginalised to play their part as South Africa transitions to a low carbon economy, mobilising renewable energy prospects, transforming urban and rural spaces, resulting in economic competitiveness and an inclusive and equal society.
Champions of the Environment include political parties and people connecting South African and African governments, developing and strengthening regional and international agreements and initiatives. National, provincial and local government partnerships comprise of the Office of the President, Departments of Environment and Water Affairs, Arts and Culture, Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders, Office of the Premier and relevant municipalities. In addition to the moral and enhanced reputational benefits of advancing rural economies, gains include portfolios of evidence as part of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a business imperative for listed entities and global investors, and the United Nations Global Compact.
In the interest of sustainable transformation, I invite mining companies to discuss funding mechanisms for rural environmental community projects and to promote the NDP in partnership with the foundation.