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16 March 2020


In effect from 18 March 2020 – end of lockdown 2020 (until further directive received) 


Dear stakeholders, 


As stated on the COVID-19 Coronavirus South African Resource Portal: On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa. The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.


On Sunday 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. Please read the full statement here. This will enable the government to have an integrated and coordinated disaster management mechanism that will focus on preventing and reducing the outbreak of this virus. President Ramaphosa highlighted that the current circumstances require extraordinary measures to curb the spread of infections. Subsequently, a 21-day lockdown was announced, from 26 March. South Africa is currently moving between lockdown levels. 


We are committed to keep supporting businesses and investors in the green economy to remove barriers to establishment and growth, and to also support local, provincial and national government to build a resilient green economy. This can to a large degree also be done online.


After consulting with our funders and other stakeholders, and in the light of the measures that have been put in place by national government, we are demonstrating our commitment to protect our people and our partners, whilst continuing in our purpose, by implementing the following measures:


Working from home

GreenCape teams will largely be working from home from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until end of lockdown 2020, pending directive from national government on the lift of the national state of disaster. Please get in touch with the teams on the following email addresses:


Water: [email protected]

Energy: [email protected]

Waste: [email protected]

WISP: [email protected]

Accounts/payments: [email protected] 

Green Outcomes Fund: [email protected]

SA Plastics Pact: [email protected]

General communications: [email protected] / [email protected]


Please note that our reception will also be closed from 18 March to the end of lockdown level 3. For urgent matters please email Cilnette Pienaar (Head: Communications) on [email protected] or Nick Fordyce (Senior Communications Officer) on [email protected].


Online engagements

GreenCape will be moving all scheduled meetings, business engagements and interviews (from 18 March to end of lockdown level 3) online, using either Skype or Google Hangouts.


Rescheduling events and commitments

All external events that GreenCape teams were scheduled to host have been rescheduled or moved online. 


Travel restrictions

Our teams will not be travelling locally or internationally to attend or speak at conferences or meetings, in accordance with lockdown regulations. 


Online content available for free

Please visit our website to catch up on reading – Free case studies, industry briefs and market intelligence – https://greencape.co.za/library. Please note: The 2020 Market Intelligence Reports are available online


Official resources


Please visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus South African Resource Portal for up to date information: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/. You can also add the WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456 (type “hi” and follow the prompts) or phone the Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999.

Western Cape 

You can consult the Western Cape Government Department of Health website.

Western Cape provincial hotline: 021 928 4102


Please take care of yourself and others, and be mindful of the following general health guidelines
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitisers for at least 20 seconds. (Remember to close the tap while scrubbing your soapy hands – to save water).
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow.
  • Wear a mask when you move outside your house.