Joint Media Release: Another five years of toxic pollution by Eskom

Eskom's Kriel Power Station (picture source: biznisafrica)

Centre for Environmental Rights Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg) groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa) Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 24 February 2015 – The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has today announced its decision to approve almost all  Eskom’s applications to postpone compliance with atmospheric emission standards for 14 of its coal-fired power stations [1]. A condition of these postponements is that Eskom is required to “implement an offset programme to reduce [particulate matter] pollution in the ambient/receiving environment. A definite offset implementation plan is expected from Eskom by …

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Press Release: State of the Nation Address offers no relief to the Eskom crisis

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 12th of February, 2015 – The energy crisis was first on the agenda for President Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation Address. Rightly so, since electricity is crucial to all of the other plans that government has to improve the livelihoods of South Africans, such as broadband roll out and integrated transport systems. Yet, President Jacob Zuma shed little light for the electricity strapped South African public on how the Eskom crisis would be solved. Makoma Lekalakala, Programme Director, at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg found the …

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Press Release: Eskom owes South Africa an apology

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 15th of January, 2015- Eskom’s State of the Power System press briefing today left much to be desired. Besides issues on financial and environmental sustainability barely being addressed, what was really missing from the briefing was an apology on behalf of the power utility to the South African public. Eskom has failed the people of South Africa to the extent that the public must now carry the burden of continuous load-shedding for the indefinite future. Eskom has effectively infringed on the basic human right of people …

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Press Release: No good tidings in Christmas nuclear announcement

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – As South Africa prepares for Christmas festivities, the government announced on Wednesday the 17th of December 2014, that it is ready to launch a nuclear procurement programme. The announcement comes after the majority of South African households and businesses have experienced emergency load shedding as a result of the poor maintenance of Eskom power stations and transmission lines. The load shedding has left communities and civil society at large wondering if the government is capable of safely operating the planned 9600 MW of nuclear power, …

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