Press Release: Women unite against nuclear procurement

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 18th of March, 2015- In celebration of International Women’s Week 2015, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Women Energy and Climate Change Forum (WECCF) are heading to the Department of Energy to protest against the secretive nuclear procurement deal with Russian state owned nuclear cooperation- Rosatom. The women will gather at the Department of Energy, located at No. 192 corner Visagie and Paul Kruger street in Pretoria at 10H30 am on the 19th March 2015. Through the protest ordinary South African women, who will carry the greatest …

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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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