GreenCape is a company that is working to transition Africa from a linear “take-make-waste” economy to a clean and sustainable circular economy by working with government and in academia.
Nicholas Fordyce, senior communications officer and publications manager, explains: “We collaborate to identify opportunities in the green economy and potential barriers to those opportunities — then we work to find ways to overcome those barriers.” GreenCape uses a noncompetitive market model to build trust with partners and collaborators.
“Sustainability means clean, renewable and economically viable green tech solutions that can meet the growing needs of the African community,” Fordyce says. This is reflected in the myriad projects that they’ve embarked on and plan to undertake. From water, food and waste management to transport and energy, GreenCape continues to make a sustained impact across South Africa after their founding 11 years ago. Their know-how and noncompetitive model make them a source of knowledge and experience for emerging organisations.
“Many NPOs make the mistake of wanting to be the heroes. Don’t be afraid to shift the hero status towards those who fund your work. Work with similar organisations, not against them,” Fordyce advises.
With the support of the EU, GreenCape will soon collaborate with South African youth. “Our intention with the South African Climate Change Champions project is to build a community of young South Africans who use their voice to meaningfully engage with national and local climate and energy policy, to communicate their vision of the future and who take action at their schools and in their communities on climate mitigation and adaptation,” says Fordyce.
“We collaborate to identify opportunities in the green economy and potential barriers to those opportunities — then we work to find ways to overcome those barriers.”