Green industries – a vehicle for industrial development in South Africa

In South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2012/2013-2014/2015 green industries are identified as one of the key sectors in which to strengthen industrial policy interventions (the complete document is available at The focus is mainly on increased manufacturing of components as inputs into the 17.8 Gigawatts renewable energy generation programme, the production of solar water heaters and components and other goods and services arising from the increased demand for energy efficiency in the economy. To achieve these goals the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has earmarked R25 billion towards building a green economy over the next five years.
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