it is projected that the global population will increase to 9 billion people with nearly 1 billion people living in informal settlements by 2050.
90% of population growth will be in developing and emerging nations. at the same time, natural resources will become scarcer

efficient management


consequently, urgent action is required to prevent human activity from overstepping planetary boundaries any further. we absolutely need to stay in a safe space in which the planet can survive and humanity thrive


in particular, poorer nations will have to develop their economies sustainably, while managing population growth and increased urbanization

sustainable development


fortunately, there is a global awareness and an increased recognition of the importance of taking better care of our planet and eradicating poverty. The un’s sustainable development goals offer a framework of action


these goals set out to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs by 2030. these goals—with specific targets and indicators—aim to bring sustainable solutions for informal settlers



as poverty and slum dwelling are mutually reinforcing, sabba will align with the following relevant SDGs:

  • ending poverty in all its forms everywhere,
  • ensuring availability and sustainable management of water
    and sanitation for all,
  • reducing inequality within and among countries and
  • making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe,
    resilient and sustainable

hereby we will endeavour to strengthen sustainable solutions for
informal settlers everywhere in the world, also in South Africa


planet, society, economy, governance


sustainable development goals is one way of creating a safe space for all of us. However, other strategic business tools are needed to translate the sdg’s into relevant measures for all nations.
the gap frame meets this expectation. it builds on the outside-in business perspective of true business sustainability, dividing the sdg’s into four sustainability dimensions: planet, society, economy and governance


south africa has a “critical” score of 5.4/10 (far from the ideal) for how it takes care of the planet in terms of biodiversity, carbon quotient, oceans, land & forests, clean air, water, clean energy and waste treatment. south africa’s three dimensions of planet, society and economy fall into the “watch list” category (below the safe space category), showing south africa where it is today and where it should be in the future in terms of sustainability


+27 61 531 5296 Julian

+27 74 144 2288 Isabel