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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.

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

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.

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