These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa.

Global water and sanitation market dynamics: Implications for South Africa’s industrial development

From a trade and industry perspective, water and sanitation are intertwined with technology, and industrial and economic development. Water security and access to modern water and sanitation services rely on technology and industrial development, while industrial development, and more broadly, economic development, depend on water security and modern water and sanitation services. In South Africa, the water and sanitation sector has been identified by the country’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as a potential driver of industrial development, notably through the emergence and growth of locally-designed and manufactured products and services. To inform the role that South African industries can play in the water and sanitation sector, this report focuses on providing a strategic outlook of global dynamics.

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Forward-looking approach to next generation sanitation and industrial development in South Africa

Desalination in South Africa: panacea or peril for industrial development?

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Publication Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Published in Sustainable Growth

These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa.

Forward-looking approach to next generation sanitation and industrial development in South Africa

Conventional sanitation technologies have not really solved the challenges in the sanitation sector. As a result non-sewered, off-grid sanitation systems, commonly referred to as NGS, which differ greatly from conventional technologies, have been proposed as potentially better. NGS can be defined as an integrated system in which the frontend collects and conveys the specific input to the backend which fully treats the waste within the non-sewered sanitation system, to allow for safe reuse or disposal of the generated solid, liquid and gaseous output. South Africa is considering positioning itself as a leading manufacturer of NGS technologies. The country’s Industrial Policy Action Plan seeks to establish an NGS Cluster Development Programme. In line with this goal, this paper assesses the opportunities and constraints for NGS in the context of industrial development in South Africa.

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Forward-looking approach to next generation sanitation and industrial development in South Africa - A briefing

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Global water and sanitation market dynamics: Implications for South Africa’s industrial development

Desalination in South Africa: panacea or peril for industrial development?

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Publication Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Published in Sustainable Growth

These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa.

Desalination in South Africa: panacea or peril for industrial development?

This paper examines two fundamental issues related to desalination. First, it examines whether desalination is appropriate for the South African context. This involves looking at how the technology is implemented, what the principal cost drivers are and the key trends in the technology. Then, it investigates the potential business model considerations that have to be borne in mind when thinking about adopting the technology for the country. Second, it investigates whether South Africa could play an active role in providing desalination solutions to global markets. This is congruent with supporting the local industry and identifying a role for industrial policy to play a part in advancing the industry. To see what policy measures are appropriate, both the local and foreign markets for desalination are analysed.

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Global water and sanitation market dynamics: Implications for South Africa’s industrial development

Forward-looking approach to next generation sanitation and industrial development in South Africa

 

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Publication Author(s) Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Published in Sustainable Growth

A global transition to sustainable development is under way as a response to multiple environmental crises, including the widespread impacts of climate change. South Africa has embraced the shift to a green economy to attain inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. The desire to transition to a green economy has been declared at the highest political level, and the articulation of the green economy agenda is evident in the South African policy framework.

From a trade and industry perspective, the transition materialises through two complementary streams: the development of new, green industries and the greening of existing, traditional industries. Within this framework, this report focuses on the development of new trade opportunities for green industries in South Africa both for import substitution and for exports. The main objectives are to identify and assess economic sectors that offer trade opportunities from the perspective of green industrial development; inform a subsequent sector-specific assessment of opportunities at the green industry and trade nexus; and provide recommendations for policymakers on how to further harness the identified opportunities in key sectors.

The report is published as part of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) – an initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with the South African Government (the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Economic Development Department).

The report was authored by TIPS, which led the research process, collected data, drafted the report, and managed stakeholder consultations. The research team comprised: Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (Senior Economist: Sustainable Growth), Christopher Wood (Economist), Shakespear Mudombi (Economist (Sustainable Growth) and Bhavna Deonarain (Researcher: sustainable Growth).

In addition to the Main Report, a four-page Overview is also available to download.

                   

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Publication Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Published in Green Economy

Session 2: Manufacturing and sustainable development: South African experiences

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation University of Cape Town
  • Publication Author(s) Anthony Black; Stephanie Craig; Paul Dunne
  • Countries and Regions South Africa

Session 2: Manufacturing and sustainable development: South African experiences

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation GreenCape
  • Publication Author(s) Sarah O’Carrol; Lauren Basson; Jarrod Lyons; Sam Smout; Henry Nuwarinda
  • Countries and Regions South Africa

Session 4 SustainableGrowth

 

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation Rhodes University
  • Publication Author(s) David Fryer and Serge Hadisi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa

Session 4: Sustainable Growth 

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation WWF; TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Ellen Davies; Georgina Ryan; Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Manisha Gulati
  • Countries and Regions South Africa

Session 4: Sustainable Growth

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation UNU-MERIT
  • Publication Author(s) Dr Michiko Iizuka; Fernando Vargas; Jakob Baumann
  • Countries and Regions Latin America