10-point plan to solve the electricity crisis

Earthlife Africa is spearheading a civil society campaign to turn the current electricity crisis into an opportunity to shift to a more long-term sustainable approach. We have put together a 10-point plan that we think will put South Africa on the road to economic sustainability Our reliance on coal and nuclear power are in direct contradiction to our commitment to sustainable development. But we have an opportunity to do things differently. A focus on energy efficiency in the short term, with a longer-term emphasis on renewable energy for generation will …

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Biodiversity & Toxics

The toxics campaign is directed at the poisoning of the planet and the person that is increasing and which threatens all life forms. One of Earthlife’s most dramatic successes was the prevention of the citing of a hazardous waste facility at Chloorkop. We have also campaigned against air pollution which involved demonstrations and the decoration of three prominent downtown sculptures in Johannesburg. In past years the toxics campaign has focused on incineration and the prevention of the proliferation of incinerators. This involved input into Environmental Impact Assessments. A current focus …

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Press Release: 10-point plan

M E D I A¬†¬†¬† A L E R T Emergency Programme ‚Äì Leaving it to Eskom again? Civil society launches 10-point plan Government‚Äôs ‚ÄòNational Electricity Emergency Programme‚Äô would benefit greatly from some consultation beyond the usual suspects. While it has been widely noted that the current crisis has come, in part, from ignoring pieces of the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy, this hastily cobbled together plan does little to rectify this. A response that serves neglected policy objectives, such as addressing externalised costs, diversifying supply and improving energy …

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Press Release: Eskom may Delay Alcan Smelter until 2013

Earthlife Africa Jhb 17th of January 2008 According to an article in today‚Äôs Business Report (‚ÄúShelve new projects, Eskom warns‚Äù), Eskom financial director is asking the Government to stop marketing South Africa as a low-cost electricity investment centre. This would include delaying, until 2013, the controversial and proposed Alcan aluminium smelter at Coega. The Alcan was the subject of intense civil society, local Port Elizabeth, and international opposition in 2007. Eskom‚Äôs financial director, Mr. Bongani Nqwababa, is reported to have said, in regards to the Alcan smelter, that, “Eskom needs …

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