This working paper forms part of MISTRA’s priority research project on A just transition to a low carbon future in South Africa that aims to broaden the discourse on the low-carbon transition in South Africa, and explore the opportunities and impediments in making the transition fair, affordable and socioeconomically viable.

The chapter seeks to understand how South Africa’s just transition vision has been adopted into key policies, namely industrial, employment and climate policies. Mohamed and Montmasson-Clair develop a normative framework that outlines the various dimensions of a just transition. They then use the framework to assess the alignment of key policies in a just transition in South Africa aimed at a transformative transition. The chapter highlights importance of stakeholder (particularly civil society) processes to ensure a people-centred just transition in South Africa.