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Financing Investments in the Energy Sector

South Africa is heavily dependent on coal as a source of energy. However, a growing body of research and modelling shows that it is possible for South Africa to make a significant shift to renewable energy. But despite this, and despite its commitments under the Paris Agreement, South Africa continues to build new coal-fired power stations and to authorise major new coal mines. 

By Amanda Luxande

Philippi Horticultural Area

 

Despite its importance and uniqueness, the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) has come under threat from inappropriate urban and industrial development. To this end, the City of Cape Town started a process of rezoning the area from an agricultural land use to industrial in order to accommodate the planned development.

 
By Amanda Luxande

Nuclear Energy: All Roads Lead to Economic Paralysis

The main purpose of this report is to highlight the different funding models for nuclear power across the globe and to show that no matter what model the SA government chooses, the bottom line is that nuclear is unaffordable, takes too long to build and comes with too many risks.

Campaign for a Just Energy Future Brings the Energy Debate to the People

On 22 November 2017, the Campaign for a Just Energy Future (CJEF) held a public political party debate at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. Joined by its many Stop the Nuke Deal partners and also the Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF), the CJEF held a successful public event which did much to promote the idea of the need for energy justice.

By Natasha Adonis

See You in Court: SA Public vs Nuclear

When conventional forms of activism don’t reach the ears of a democratically-elected government, the courts can provide a platform to hold the state accountable. A High Court ruling against the South African government’s efforts to buy in nuclear power is a case in point, writes Leonie Joubert.

By Leonie Joubert

South Africa - Making the right energy choices

On 25 September 2015, the member states of the United Nations agreed on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be the cornerstone of the Post-2015 Development Agenda[1]. The SDGs are acknowledged as a great achievement that amalgamates the sustainability agenda with the development agenda.[2] The South African government has unreservedly endorsed the SDGs, noting that the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality that they address is also the primary focus of the country. As such, the SDGs are conceptually aligned to South Africa's National Development Plan.

The great transition - Alternative paths for a better and climate just future

The Paris Agreement has set an ambitious goal to prevent global warming from spiraling out of control. But it has also set the stage for what will form the subject of numerous heated debates in the coming years.

Watch: Civil Society Wins Nuclear Court Case

Led by HBS partners Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the South African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI), the anti-nuke campaign has managed to challenge the South African government on its decision to pursue a 9.6GW nuclear procurement programme.

 
By Amanda Luxande

Watch: Sebenza Umhlaba Campaign - Fighting Climate Change and Hunger

This documentary follows the experiences of urban farmers and food gardeners in townships in and around Ekhuruleni, East of Johannesburg as they attempt to deal with the challenge that is climate change. The aim of the documentary is to raise awareness around how climate change is affecting people’s livelihoods as it pertains to the growing phenomenon of food insecurity in South Africa.

 
By Amanda Luxande

Alternative Household Energy Technologies: An Overview

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This booklet briefly examines alternative energy technologies and associated energy sources available in the market that are cleaner, appropriate, applicable and sustainable relative to those that are currently available and used by informal households for their domestic energy requirements.

Listen: Nuclear SA - The Mini Series

In this episode we travel to the future and ask how we will power South Africa in 2050? The most speculative of the four episodes, this final instalment looks ahead to the good and the bad of South Africa’s potential energy futures.

Listen: Episode 2 of Nuclear SA - Enrichment

This is episode 2 of an HBS supported podcast series on the Nuclear Industry in South Africa. This 4 part podcast series sheds light on the many facets of the South African Nuclear Deal.

The Myths of Nuclear Power

While the international debate on whether nuclear power should form part of any country’s low-carbon energy future is raging on, a number of African countries are considering nuclear energy generation as part of their future energy plans.

What we do

Faced with on-going development challenges compounded by the imminent threat of a warming and unstable global climate, sustainable development considerations have never been more compelling in Southern Africa.

Responsible decision making requires that we balance social, economic, and environmental objectives, taking due consideration of rights-based approaches to development in order to sustain life and the well-being of our current and future generations. This philosophy underpins the Sustainable Development Programme which encompasses four main themes: climate change, energy, resource governance and green development. The programme seeks to facilitate platforms for civil society, policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders traditionally left out of the mainstream discourse to ensure that the interconnectedness between humans and nature is understood.