Eskom’s on-going scapegoating of renewable energy as the reason behind its financial woes shows a lack of vision, particularly in the light of the urgent need to develop new jobs beyond the coal industry.
“The current IRP plans are nothing more than renewed attempts by the Department of Energy and Eskom to promote vested interests in nuclear and coal. It is a rigged model that forces nuclear energy and coal into the mix, even though it is clearly not cost-competitive."
It’s difficult to imagine that running beneath Cape Town are hundreds of kilometers of underground brick tunnels, which transport millions of liters of fresh spring water from Table Mountain directly out into the sea.
Edna Molewa is the first minister of environmental affairs to have given approval for a coal mine inside a declared protected area. Her decision has been widely criticised by civil society organisations and in the media, and she will soon have to answer for her decision in court.
Innovative start-ups and enterprises focusing on cutting-edge and innovative clean-technology solutions are offered an opportunity to become part of a global network of entrepreneurs and contribute to a clean and sustainable future.
Around the world courts are stepping in when politicians fail to act, with South Africa’s government the latest to lose a groundbreaking climate lawsuit with judges ruling against its plans for a new coal-fired power station.
Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organisation reports, with toxic air, unsafe water, and and lack of sanitation the leading causes.
On Tuesday 28 February, the Convocation of the University of Cape Town overwhelmingly passed a non-binding motion for the university to rid itself of all investments in fossil fuels within five years. Should the university Council agree to this motion, it would make UCT the first African University to formally commit to divesting from fossil fuels.
If Capetonians don’t cut water use even more, the next step to avert dry taps could be putting treated waste water back into the system and an expensive desalination plant, which would push water prices up by at least 50%, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.
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