President Cyril Ramaphosa says women are the first to feel the effects of damage to the environment and they are the vanguard in the battle for a greener world.

Ramaphosa was launching the Good Green Deeds campaign in East London as the country also marks International Women’s Day.

The President says the late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa was a key figure in setting South Africa and the world on the path to a more sustainable future.

Ramaphosa has thanked late Molewa for the contribution she made in protecting the environment.

The campaign forms part of the Chemicals and Waste Economy leg of Operation Phakisa.

Ramaphosa described Molewa as South Africa’s warrior on issues of climate change.

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