This document has been prepared in response to the Paris Agreement and presents South Africa’s first Low Emission Development Strategy (SA-LEDs). This document draws the country’s extensive climate change policy together within a coherent framework. 

It acknowledges that there is a role that local governments have to play but leaves significant room to interrogate and define this role. It describes this role under “The role of sub-national government and the private sector”, suggesting an insufficient appreciation for the risks, opportunities and requirements at a local level. 

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