When the concept of a just transition was introduced to South Africa by Cosatu, it was grounded in people’s lived experiences and aspirations; it was at the heart of a powerful narrative of hope for a better life.

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s (Mistra’s) forthcoming book on a low-carbon future for South Africa suggests that there is a basis for cooperation between labour and the new organisational initiatives around climate justice emerging in civil society, based on labour’s commitment to measures such as job protection, environment-friendly investment, comprehensive social security for displaced workers and skills development.

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