- President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Daniel Mminele as head of the newly-established Presidential Climate Finance Task Team.
- In this role, Mminele will lead South Africa’s efforts to mobilise finance for a just transition, the Presidency said.
This comes after the South African government on 2 November 2021 announced a historic partnership with the governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the European Union, to support a just transition to a low carbon economy and a climate resilient society in South Africa.
The Presidency in a statement said: “In line with the Political Declaration to establish this partnership, partner countries have offered to mobilise an initial $8.5 billion (R132 billion) over the next three to five years through a range of instruments, including grants and concessional finance, to support the implementation of our revised Nationally Determined Contribution.”
The Presidential Climate Finance Task Team, led by Mminele together with the Asset and Liability Division from National Treasury, will analyse the offer with a view to advising Cabinet on its composition, affordability, alignment with the regulatory environment and engage with partner countries.
“The Task Team will also coordinate relevant government departments, development finance institutions, and the private sector; and oversee the development of relevant financing mechanisms and facilities to enable the flow of international climate finance to support South Africa’s just transition in the electricity, electric vehicles and green hydrogen sectors,” reads the statement.
Mminele was previously Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) where he served two five-year terms. During a career spanning nearly 20 years at the South African Reserve Bank, Mminele represented the SARB and South Africa in many international fora on the African continent and beyond.
Mminele has been Independent Non-Executive Director and chair-designate at Alexander Forbes Group Holdings since January 2022 and before that he was the Chief Executive of Absa Group Limited.
“As a well-respected leader both in government and the financial sector, Mr Mminele will support South Africa’s ambition to achieve a just transition that advances the country’s interests; protects vulnerable workers and communities; contributes to investment, growth and sustainable jobs; and supports the global fight against climate change,” said the Presidency.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal