Our work

GreenCape is a non-profit organisation that drives the widespread adoption of economically viable green economy solutions from the Western Cape. 

We work with businesses, investors, academia and government to help unlock the investment and employment potential of green technologies and services, and to support a transition to a resilient green economy.  

We are a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 by the Western Cape Government as a Special Purpose Vehicle to support the development of the green economy in the region.

Our vision

Our vision is for South Africa to be the green economic hub of Africa – the regional headquarters and manufacturing centre for leading companies in this space.

What do we do?

We assist businesses by removing barriers to their establishment and growth. Our work includes:  

  • helping potential investors understand the local market, connect with the right people and encounter fewer barriers to doing business
  • providing policy and regulatory advocacy and support
  • facilitating access to funding
  • facilitating market access
  • establishing skills development partnerships
  • networking and information-sharing events
  • sharing our expert knowledge through publications

To do this, we work closely with our partners in government, the private sector and academic community. The green economy is new and fast moving and business opportunities may be constrained by issues such as legislation and policy, a lack of credible information, limited market awareness and demand, business finance and skills. GreenCape’s team of sector experts make it their business to fully understand these shifting dynamics so they can provide useful and relevant support to existing and potential green businesses.

We also assist local, provincial and national government to build a resilient green economy by providing:

  • support on the development of standards, regulations, tools and policies

  • expert technical knowledge on key sectors in the green economy

  • access to networks of key players across business, academia, and internationally

Key reading

GreenCape's Model for Regional Economic Development Case Study

GreenCape's Model for Regional Economic Development Appendix

Our flagship market intelligence reports

Our Annual Report 2016/17