Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) sector managing executive Thulani Kuzwayo has been appointed regional chair of the Africa Regional Network – a group of green building councils working to advance green building within the region.
The World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) Africa Regional Network comprises eight green building councils, including Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Kuzwayo said he was honoured to accept the position and was looking forward to working with the other green building councils across the continent to ensure that the projected growth in the African built environment is managed sustainably and equitably.
“The perfect storm of risks facing cities makes the green building movement vital for Africa’s development agenda. The various green building councils in Africa have a strong motivation to change the way places are created for people and the planet to thrive,” said Kuzwayo in a statement on Thursday.
African green building councils are focusing on four strategies: supporting strong regulatory and voluntary frameworks; recognising and scaling local building materials and practices; training green building workers; and directing much-needed foreign and domestic investment to green building.
“Kuzwayo has been a true champion of green building across Africa and his leadership as chair will help strengthen the network of green building councils in the region,” said WorldGBC CEO Terry Wills.