2023 CLIMATE CHANGE Award Finalists


Awarded to an organisation that has achieved a substantial reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions or is providing a product, service or technology that significantly reduces GHG emissions.

AfriSam - Sustainability First

Since our sustainability journey began over 3 decades ago, we’ve been leading the way, writing our planet-friendly story one industry at a time.  From becoming the first cement manufacturer in Southern Africa to publish an environmental policy, to modifying our plants to emit lower CO2 emissions, to introducing a range of green cement as early as 2000, putting sustainability first has been, and always will be, second nature to us.

As early as 1992, AfriSam took the lead by creating its own environmental department, which was followed by the development of an environmental policy just two years later, marking a significant milestone in the industry.

Through continuous investment in research and development, AfriSam has managed to enhance its processes, technology, and products with a specific focus on energy optimisation and emission reduction across its entire range of offerings, including aggregate, cement, and concrete. By actively measuring and managing their environmental impact, all business units strive to produce high-performance products with low carbon footprints.

This commitment to sustainability has positioned AfriSam as a leader in environmentally responsible cement and concrete manufacturing in southern Africa, operating at multiple levels to drive industry-wide greening efforts.


GreenCape’s SA Climate Change Champs project

The SA Climate Change Champs aims to empower youth, women and communities to harness opportunities in a green economy and the great opportunities that the growing renewable energy industry in South Africa will bring.

Through empowering the beneficiaries, the project hopes to contribute to building a community of South Africans who have found their voice to meaningfully engage with national and local climate and energy policy, to communicate their vision of the future, and who are ready to take action to fight climate change and benefit from the resultant green economic growth.


Mary Scholes

Professor Mary Scholes, a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, is currently a full professor in the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences and holder of a Research Chair in Global Change and Plantation Sustainability. She is trained in plant physiology, soil science and atmospheric chemistry and brings these disciplines together to address studies and search for solutions using the tools of systems analysis. Her research activities focus on climate trends, extreme events and impacts on the forestry industry, food security, socio-ecological approaches in catchment studies, and the monitoring of water pollution in a rural area of KwaZulu-Natal.