Environment

National Context in Environment

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● According to National Treasury, the amount allocated to the Department of Environmental Affairs
increased, from R6.4 billion in 2016/17, to R6.8 billion in 2017/18.
● According to a 2017 World Wildlife Fund SA and Boston Consulting Group report, titled Scenarios for
the Future of Water in South Africa, the country is expected to face a water deficit of 17% by 2030, and
climate change will likely worsen the situation.
● Based on the Department of Energy’s 2015 Energy Advocacy report, titled South Africa’s Energy
Situation, industry is a major consumer of energy, with annual consumption at 60% of South Africa’s
total demand.
● In 2016, after 10 years of operation, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) announced
that the total number of buildings rated with Green Star SA certifications hit the 200 mark. GBCSA’s
rating systems provide guidance on green measures that can be used in the design, construction
and management of a building, to make it more sustainable.
● According to the 2011 National Waste Information Baseline study, only 10% of waste generated in
South Africa is recycled annually.
● According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), the country successfully
diverted 1.4 million tons of recyclable paper from landfill in 2016. The annual paper recovery rate is
68%, which surpasses the global average of 58%.
● PRASA also indicated that around 11% of people claim to recycle all the time. Furthermore, paper
recycling creates meaningful employment for around 37 000 people.
● Based on South Africa’s latest red list for plants, over a quarter (26%) of the country’s flora is either
threatened with extinction, or is of conservation concern.
● The latest red list for animal species also shows that almost 20% of South Africa’s mammal species are
either critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable.

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