• It is a privilege to participate in the network to ensure that the already initiated sustainable procurement drive increases the momentum of mainstreaming sustainability into the City’s operations. The City is gradually integrating sustainable procurement into its procurement processes, giving consideration to the availability of alternatives with enhanced sustainability performance.
    Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga


By 2021, 10% of the City of Tshwane's purchases will be sustainable.

By 2020, 40% of the city bus fleet will be green


Tshwane is the capital city of the Republic of South Africa and a melting pot of our rainbow nation. The City of Tshwane is the third largest metropolitan municipality in the world, in terms of land size.

The City of Tshwane’s Vision 2055 commits itself to a path of sustainable economic growth, one in which economic growth is decoupled from natural resource use and negative impacts. Since 1994, a feature of public governance has been the use of public procurement as a policy instrument to promote particular socio-economic objectives, with the most obvious example being preferential procurement. More recently, public procurement is seen as important for promoting local economic development by promoting local and small enterprises. Whilst an overarching strategy does not exist for sustainable public procurement, there are emerging pockets of best practice that are collectively pointing to a steady move towards greener procurement.

The City Sustainability Unit was established in 2013 to become catalytic in driving the Green economy innovations and ensuring the sustainability is being mainstreamed into City operations as part of the drive of transitioning towards a low carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient city. Sustainable procurement has been identified as one of the significant tools to assist the City in showing leadership on climate change issues.

The City has already initiated a process of identifying opportunities and challenges with respect to the sustainability criteria of goods and services procurement by means of engaging key stakeholders on various platforms.

As part of its efforts to become a regional leader on green economy and sustainability issues, the City is Tshwane is the founder of African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum, which is chaired by the Executive Mayor. ACCSF was inaugurated in 2015, the year in which the Tshwane declaration was signed.  This is a forum for political leadership and all mayors in the capital cities of Africa to share best practices and provide leadership in sustainability and climate change issues.

The foundation for Sustainable Procurement Tshwane includes Tshwane Integrated Environmental Policy (2005), Vision 2055 (2013) and the Transition to a Green Economy Framework (2014). This will be followed up by the Sustainable Procurement Strategy.

As part of its efforts to establish a link between Green economy and its local government’s constitutional responsibility to deliver services sustainably for both high income groups and poor disadvantaged masses, the City is in an advanced stage of developing a Comprehensive Sustainable Procurement Strategy. The strategy will, amongst others, guide the City through the different approaches to be undertaken and act as guiding principle for the implementation process.

The City has embarked on different interventions that illustrate its intention of driving the Green economy through sustainable procurement:

  • Signed the Clean Bus Declaration, committing the City to greening 40% of the fleet by 2020
  • Invested in its first electric vehicles for messenger services
  • Announced the new City of Tshwane headquarters, Tshwane House, as a green building with a 5-star Green grading status
  • Launched the Food and Energy Centre, which is an Agropolitan village that embarks on empowerment of small scale farmers and capacity building on profitable farming
  • Launched the Tshwane Green Outreach program, which is an intensive outreach program intended to educate various stakeholders about the importance of incorporating sustainability into our processes
  • Undertook the process of establishing collaborations and partnerships in its Innovative Green Economy project to optimise resource utilisation.



To find out more about the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, contact:

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre
c/o ICLEI European Secretariat
Mr. Mark Hidson

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg

Telephone: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
E-mail: mark.hidson@iclei.org


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