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The Sorry Tale of a Coal Mine in Paradise - and the Japanese Hands Behind It

Partner Analysis

The people of the Bushveld around Waterberg used to live peaceful lives in a beautiful area — until Medupi destroyed its ecological and social fabric. The government — with a Japanese firm — plans to build another coal-fired power station in the area, but the community is fighting back.

By Elana Greyling, Earthlife Africa Associate

Climate Change Linked Drought Drives Karoo to Collapse

Analysis

Southern Africa is heating at 2°C per century, twice the global average. In the Northern Cape, as elsewhere, Climate change is no longer a future event, but a daily reality. Since 2015, a climate change induced drought has wrought devastating economic, social and political consequences: agriculture is collapsing, and both emerging and commercial farmers are abandoning their farms.

By Delime Cupido, Tristen Taylor

Eskom Increase

Partner media release

Eskom hike wipes out R80 increase on pensioners’ old-age grants.

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.

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.

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