SynopsisSouth Africa's Eastern, Northern, and Western Cape provinces have united to position the nation as a global green hydrogen production hub. Collaborating on potential multi-billion rand green hydrogen projects, they formalized this partnership in a memorandum of understanding. The initiative aims to advance infrastructure, skills development, trade, and investment promotion in the green hydrogen sector, acknowledging its significance for industries seeking decarbonization. The Western Cape will focus on Saldanha Bay as a green hydrogen center, the Northern Cape aims to attract green hydrogen investments, and the Eastern Cape's Coega Special Economic Zone is poised for green hydrogen and green ammonia production for export. While these align with South Africa's draft Green Hydrogen Commercialization Strategy, it awaits government approval and holds promise for decarbonization and industrial growth.ArticleIn a notable collaborative effort, South Africa's Eastern, Northern, and Western Cape provinces have joined forces to establish the nation as a global hub for green hydrogen production. These coastal regions are home to potential multi-billion rand green-hydrogen projects, and recognizing the potential for cooperation over competition, they have formalized their collaboration in a memorandum of understanding (MoU). This strategic partnership aims to advance infrastructure, skills development, trade and investment promotion, and supportive policy development in the green hydrogen sector.Green hydrogen, produced using renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, is gaining importance across industries striving to decarbonize. It holds promise for sectors that cannot directly transition to renewable electricity, such as steel, petrochemicals, and transportation.Regional Initiatives•\tThe Western Cape plans to develop Saldanha Bay into a green hydrogen production center, along with components for the green-hydrogen value chain.•\tThe Northern Cape aims to attract substantial green hydrogen investments by 2050, given its abundant natural resources.•\tIn the Eastern Cape, the Coega Special Economic Zone is poised for green hydrogen and green ammonia production for export, with significant investments under consideration.While these provincial strategies align with South Africa's draft Green Hydrogen Commercialization Strategy, this overarching strategy has yet to receive government approval. It's anticipated that this initiative will play a pivotal role in South Africa's efforts to decarbonize and re-industrialize its heavy industries while tapping into global markets.ConclusionThe collaboration between South Africa's coastal provinces is a significant step toward making the country a prominent player in green hydrogen production. As sustainability becomes a central concern for businesses and consumers, green hydrogen could offer both economic and environmental benefits, positioning South Africa as a leader in this emerging industry.