Country Factsheet South Africa
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Urban-LEDS Country factsheet: South Africa

The South African governance system, defined by the Constitution of 1996, specifies the mandate of the three spheres of government: national, provincial and local. Recent laws and policies, including the Draft Climate Change Bill (2018), give a larger mandate to local governments when planning for climate action and responding to local challenges. This evolution of the legal framework, the rapid deployment of renewable energy solutions throughout the country, as well as the increasing importance of the national debate on just energy transitions create an ideal opportunity for strengthened vertical and horizontal coordination and cooperation for effective climate change response in South Africa.