As we prepare to celebrate the International Mother Earth Day on Saturday 22 April, it is important that we reflect on our daily practices, the way we live and work.

With the built environment accounting for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is essential for the sector to promote and implement sustainable practices.

The Deputy Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Ms. Bernice Swarts, joined hands with the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) to launch the Built Environment Agenda that is aimed ensuring that our transition does not leave anyone behind.

Deputy Minister Swarts further called on built environment regulatory bodies to ensure that strict regulations are implemented as well as ensure professional registration all professionals in the sector.

This is crucial for ensuring that the sustainability agenda has a significant impact on the economy and in creating green jobs while promoting a sustainable economy for the nation.

The CBE’s Environmental Sustainability Transformation Collaborative Forum will be the platform for sector, communities and academia to discuss issues of climate change and sustainable development practices.

The CBE CEO, Dr Msizi Myeza, emphasised the need to support local communities and indigenous knowledge and infuse them as part of the place and space creation. Moreso, reinvent built environment education and training as part envisioning human settlements of the future environment that mitigate against climate change impact.

Dr. Msizi Myeza, also emphasized the significance of indigenous knowledge in promoting sustainability in the built environment.



Ms. Nosizwe Mokoena

Strategic Support and Engagement Specialist

Mobile: 078 415 9211