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Invitation to Civil Action

Dear Friends, In December 2016, Earthlife Africa Jhb (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) took government to court to overturn the secret nuclear deal – a deal which threatens to bankrupt our country, leaving nothing for social (or any other) development for the foreseeable future. The case was postponed and the next court hearing […]

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Is nuclear energy really the ‘cheapest source of electricity’?

The South African government’s nuclear ambitions are controversial. But are they likely to provide the country with the “cheapest source of electricity”, as claimed by the national power utility’s CEO? Researched by Vinayak Bhardwaj* The South African government’s nuclear ambitions have been dogged by controversy with questions about the secrecy surrounding procurement discussions and the […]

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Warning: How Eskom plans to finance nuclear power could hammer taxpayers – expert

Eskom boss Brian Molefe is a very smart man when it comes to numbers and assessing an investment opportunity – which is why he was chief executive officer at the state’s Public Investment Corporation, South Africa’s largest asset manager, for seven years. Molefe has qualifications in commerce and economics and a wealth of experience in […]

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‘Rogue’ power firm threatens fastest renewable expansion

Paul Burkhardt & Mike Cohen* Opposition from state power utility Eskom and government infighting threaten to sabotage the world’s fastest-growing green energy programme. Eskom is stalling on signing government-brokered deals to buy renewable energy from private producers, encouraged to develop capacity after outages over the past eight years. With the economy in the doldrums, the […]

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People’s Statement on Nuclear

On the 29th and 30th November, SAFCEI, together with Earthlife Africa and the Heinrich Boell Foundation held a People’s Hearing where affected communities and civil society could make their voice heard. Together a People’s Statement was written which civil society handed over to Parliament, outlining the many concerns with the nuclear deal.   People’s Statement […]

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Revealed: The CSIR’s outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

By Chris Yelland, published in the Daily Maverick In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers. The […]

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Court papers & press releases from SAFCEI/ELA court case

Court papers Earthlife & SAFCEI Oral Note for Argument 22 Feb final ELA & SAFCEI – DoE Resp Heads of Argument 2 Dec 2016 ELA & SAFCEI – DoE Resp Supplementary Heads of Argument 7 Feb 17 Earthlife supplementary heads 30 Jan 2017 final Order-Granted-13-December-2016 18-11-2016-ELA-SAFCEI-MoE-applicants-heads DoE-in-re-ELA-SAFCEI-resp-HoA ELA-et-al-v-MoE-et-al-pleadings ELA-SAFCEI-final-replying-affidavit Earthlife & SAFCEI-v-Dept-Energy_answering-affidavit 4-august-2016-letter-to-snr-state-attorney-earthlife-africa-jhb-v-minister-of-energy Letter-from-state-lawyers-refusing-request ELA-JHB […]

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