Dear Earthkeeper

The atmosphere, the earth, the water and the water cycle
- those things are good gifts. The ecosystems, the ecosphere,
those are good gifts. We have to regard them as gifts because
we couldn't make them. We have to regard them as good gifts
because we couldn't live without them.

- Wendell Berry

We send warm greetings from Cape Town.

It has been an extremely busy first half of the year. Over the past 6 months, we have gathered online and in-person, with people of faith, to unite for climate justice and caring for living Earth.

We welcome and introduce the newest members of our team, our Climate Policy Coordinator, Sandra Mandaza, and our Energy and Climate Justice Coordinator, Khulekani Magwaza.

In this month's newsletter, we share highlights, opportunities, upcoming events and campaigns for which we hope you will join us.

Don't forget to follow us on social media for daily news and updates (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).



SAFCEI Virtual AGM 2021

Please SAVE the DATE for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will take place online on 24 August 2021. We have an exciting speaker lined up - more information coming soon.


 Join our Earthkeeper Fast Action Network 


We are asking you to stand with us to stop the use of cruel and inhumane cages.

How can you help?

Sign up to our Earthkeeper Fast Action Network here #CageFreeSA

Your voice could play a critical role in bringing an end to cruel battery caged systems, improving hen welfare, and in turn improving the health of people and our environment.


 New at SAFCEI  

Sandra Mandaza

Sandra is the EU Climate Policy Coordinator at SAFCEI. Her focus is to ensure there is policy engagement at local, provincial and national level, elevating the voices of rural people particularly women and youth. She is working on a Rural Action for Climate Resilience project whereby SAFCEI has partnered with rural community-based organisations and faith leaders to build social, economic and environmental resilience to climate change. 

Khulekani Magwaza

Khulekani is the Climate and Energy Justice Coordinator at SAFCEI. His focus is to grow an understanding of energy, climate, and specifically nuclear energy amongst faith-based communities and members of civil society. We will advocate for the implementation of an ethical, socio-economic, and ecologically just transition and sustainable future.


 Latest news and developments 

Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training

We held two new online FLEATs with a dynamic group of 50 faith leaders from Malawi and Zambia

The groups spent 3 days in our peer-learning platform, getting to know SAFCEI and engaging on how they can tackle environmental challenges. 

We are looking forward to reconnecting with them later this year to reflect on their journeys and the work they have done in their faith communities. 


Koeberg Faiths for Climate and Energy Justice

SAFCEI hosted faith leaders from the Koeberg and Cape Flats areas for a workshop on energy and climate justice at Goedgedacht Farm from 16 – 18 March.  A total of 29 people joined our first-ever hybrid training, with 22 people in person and a further 7 online.

The training included presentations by our Chair, Stephen Jacobs; our Food and Climate Justice Coordinator, Gabriel Manyangadze; Liz McDaid from Outa, and Peter Becker from Koeberg Alert Alliance, and a site visit on Goedgedacht Farm, observing clean energy options. Read more on the blog.

Faith and Eco-Justice project

A diverse group of selected faith leaders from four provinces in South Africa met virtually on Thursday 20 May to launch a three-year project in eco-justice advocacy.

The Faith and Energy Eco-Justice project has four geographically diverse legs – in Greater Cape Town, Karoo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

The groups will work separately on eco-justice issues relevant to their areas, and then come together to share experiences, insights and learnings and to explore the interconnectivity of their respective focus areas. Read more here

Letter to the Gates Foundation

We thank everyone who endorsed our Faith Leaders in Africa's Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The letter, calling on the Gates Foundation to stop their investment programmes in industrialised food systems, has been endorsed by close to 500 faith leaders and organisations and featured in various online articles.

Join us on 30 June for our Regional Interfaith Dialogue on Industrial Farming. RSVP and data requests to be made here by 23 June.


Latest News

Faith Community Eco-Justice Small Grants are open 
The application process is open for faith leaders of faith institutions or faith community projects in Southern Africa. 
Poor South Africans likely to be hit hardest by looming Eskom tariff increase 
Eskom has increased electricity tariffs by 15.63%. The electricity increase will impact poor South Africans, who are already struggling.

Cape Town faith leaders learn about biodigesters 
Lydia Petersen shares her knowledge and experience of building a homemade biodigester

Upcoming Events

15 - Faith Community Eco-Justice Grant webinar
21,28 - Eco-Footprinting Workshop
30 - Regional Interfaith Dialogue: Industrial Farming

5 - Eco-Footprinting Workshop

More News

Join the global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. 
JWH Initiative small grants
Applications are now open for the Joke Waller-Hunter Initiative to support Young Environmental Leaders.
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