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GreenBDG Founder Songo Didiza elected to Wits University's Convocation EXCO

We are pleased to announce that our CEO has been elected to serve on Wits University’s Convocation EXCO Committee starting 1 August 2020 until 31 July 2022. The members of the Convocation include graduates; full-time academic members of staff; professors emeriti; the Vice-Chancellor and Principal; deputy vice-chancellors; the University Registrar; and retired academic employees of the institution. Songo’s contribution will include preparing the University of Witwatersrand Convocation for a sustainable and green future leading up to its centenary celebrations in 2022 as well as beyond.

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Opportunities within the organic, e-waste, plastics and builders’ rubble sectors have the potential to add between R661.3 and R1,086.4 billion in value to the South African economy.

As we continue to manage a drought, based on population and economic growth projections, South Africa could have a 17% gap between water supply and demand by 2030. This means there are significant opportunities in the industrial water market (opportunities in the agri-processing sector); and the municipal water market (opportunities in waterworks and wastewater treatment works).

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Key Risks facing businesses as a direct impact of Climate Change

Physical Risk -

Climate related events affect infrastructure, security of resources, sustainability of crops and business operations

Transitional Risks -

When businesses transition towards less carbon intensive model suddenly or disorderly they may suffer a loss from re-evaluation of asset prices

Liability Risk -

Insurers may suffer when businesses or people claim compensation for losses suffered from physical or transition risks

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Integrated Green Building innovation into the South African Economic Recovery Plan

“This week the South African government gazetted 50 strategic integrated projects valued at R340 billion (USD 21 Billion) as part of its infrastructure development plans to institute a green recovery plan for South Africa following the devastating economic impacts left by COVID-19. The projects are focused on different targets including water and sanitation, energy and human settlements. I am proud of this recent project that was recently executed by the Green Building Design Group team along with its partners IFC – International Finance Corporation as it seeks to plug into the sustainable infrastructure trajectory that has been seen set for the country as a whole. To read more about the project and its key successes and challenges please read my latest article below.” – Songo Didiza

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MINI South Africa - first ever electric car - Review

Our Founder and CEO Songo Didiza was invited by MINI South Africa to give her expert opinion on the future of electric mobility as the car manufacturer launched its first ever all-electric car. Here is a link on her latest insights on the future of mobility and the global export opportunities for the emerging South African green mobility sector.

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GreenBDG’s Monthly Newsletter

South Africa’s government unveiled a plan to galvanise R2.3 trillion in new infrastructure investment over the next decade that could create more than 1.8 million jobs and revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Read our latest newsletter

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New IFC Report Explains How to Unlock $25 Trillion in Green Buildings Investments in Emerging Markets

The report offers a uniquely private sector perspective on the investment potential in emerging markets and how to realize this potential, according to IFC. It draws on IFC’s almost decade-long experience investing $5.5 billion in green buildings, as well as lessons learned helping governments to design and implement building codes to catalyze green building markets. 

Green Building Design Group is a proud partner of the IFC EDGE program in South Africa.