n Journal of Public Administration - Implementation of green economy policies and initiatives in the City of Tshwane

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The advent of climate change and green economy has created a need for policies and strategies that address these issues. In South Africa the national government and some local government authorities formulated policies seeking to ensure a smooth transition into a green economy. However, formulating policies differs markedly from the successful implementation of the same policies. The article examines the implementation of green economy policies using a case study approach. The 5-C framework used in the paper recognises five variables in the implementation process as (1) content, (2) commitment, (3) capacity, (4) clients and (5) coalitions, which act together, often simultaneously and synergistically, but always in a complex fashion, to create both opportunities and challenges in policy implementation. The research reveals that a number of initiatives, such as green buildings, green transport ( Bus Rapid Transit System) and green procurement have been implemented. The authors argue that although there is demonstrable capacity and commitment by the City of Tshwane to transition to a green economy, there is a need for more related initiatives to ensure significant change is attained.

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