The opening statement was delivered by Professor Malegapuru Makgoba. He stated that we are embarking on a series of dialogues driven by the philosophy of and underpinned by the National Development Plan 2012.

Key government departments were not in the room, however, government plays a key role in the Just Transition, due to several factors, including the availability of financial and human resources and their overarching mandate. A government representative indicated that while Chapter 5 provides some guidance, clear direction on how to implement it was lacking.