Sustainable Growth

Small business development in the climate change adaptation space in South Africa

  • Year: 2019
  • Organisation: TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Publication Author(s): Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Shakespear Mudombi, Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses.

This report is part of a broader initiative on small business development in South Africa’s climate change space, by TIPS with support and funding from the Government of Flanders. The research comprises this main report, which summarises the research findings on the topic, as well as six case studies on South African-based entrepreneurs active in the adaptation space: AB Farms, EWEF-SusTech, Loo Afrique, MySmartFarm, Waste Intrique and Isidima.

Climate change adaption and small business – case studies

Mogale Maleka and Tumelo Pule: Using hydrophonics to enhance food security

Bulelwa Ntsendwana: Harnessing chemistry for sustainable development and women empowerment

Rori Mpete: Thinking outside the box – retrofitting water saving in conventional waterborne sanitation systems

Wolfgang von Loeper: Sustainable farming: ensuring food security while preserving the planet

Tshego Mpete: Embracing green opportunities in the water sector