The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) invites you to the launch of MISTRA’s latest research publication entitled, A just transition to a low carbon future in South Africa. The research-based volume edited by Nqobile Xaba and Saliem Fakir aims to broaden the discourse on the low-carbon transition in South Africa, and explore the opportunities and impediments in making the transition fair, affordable and socioeconomically viable.

The questions posed relate to how South Africa can decarbonise while providing economic opportunities for the most vulnerable and alleviating inequality. The themes explored ensure a transdisciplinary integration of the issues presented by a low-carbon transition. These themes include a shift in economic paradigm, social factors of climate change, technologies as enablers for the transition. The proposed themes seek to address and engage with areas that are crucial in South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon economy. The publication also aims to highlight the intricacies involved with a just transition in the South African context and to guide and influence policy reform.

24 February 2022
Time: 11h00-13h30




Keynote address
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Ms Barbara Creecy 


Welcome Remarks by Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director, MISTRA

Overview of the publication by co-editor, Saliem Fakir, Executive Director, African Climate Foundation

Keynote address: Insights on the Just transition framework for South Africa by Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment


Panel discussion: Policy landscape and practical changes for a just transition

  • The effect of South Africa’s vision of a just transition in public policy, Najma Mohamed and Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Democracy in the just transition, Lebogang Mulaisi
  • Financing the just transition, Chantal Naidoo


Closure and vote of thanks by co-editor, Nqobile Xaba, Researcher, MISTRA




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