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I n 2020, South Africa launched its 2050 Low Emission Development (LED) Strategy, which outlines a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. President Cyril Ramaphosa followed this up in November 2021 with a Political Declaration that established a partnership with the EU, US, France, Germany and UK. All members have committed to work towards creating just transition to a low carbon economy and a climate resilient society in South Africa.

In this episode, we speak to Rudi Dicks, Head of Project Management Office (PMO) at Presidency. He sheds light on the Presidency’s efforts to ensure South Africa transitions to a low-carbon, socially inclusive, and resilient economy. We discuss the challenges surrounding the financing mechanisms and mechanisms and the country’s long-term ambition to develop the green hydrogen sector. Coal will remain a feature of South Africa’s energy mix until at least 2050; Rudi explains how and why.

This conversation was recorded on 30 August at the South Africa Sustainable Finance Intensive in Cape Town. The private conversation is shared with thanks to Africonomie.

About Rudi Dicks

Rudi Dicks is the Head of the Project Management Office (PMO) in the Private Office of the President. He is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Presidential Jobs Summit Framework agreement, the Presidents Youth Employment Initiative as well as unblocking regulatory challenges that impact on employment an economic growth.

In his previous role, he was a Deputy-Director General at the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, responsible for monitoring the performance of economic and infrastructure departments, supporting various economic interventions across government. In this role he established the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) and was responsible for its rollout across national government. He also formally served as the Executive Director of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), the research arm of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) from 2008 to 2013.

Before 2008, he worked at COSATU and one of its affiliates, in various capacities since 1994. Rudi studied at WITS Business School and completed the Management Advanced Programme and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles as well as a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance from the University of London.