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Earthlife Africa Johannesburg

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Project Officer

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Email: makoma@earthlife.org.za
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NUCLEAR DEAL BLOCKED! JUDGEMENT MADE ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT’S SECRET TRILLION-RAND NUCLEAR COURT CASE

Press Release 26th April 2017 “Victory for justice and the rule of law and the people of South Africa”, is how Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) summed up the court judgement. After over a year and a half of court preparation for justice, ELA-JHB and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) were finally able to block the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the South African government in its nuclear deal. The Western Cape High Court delivered its judgement this morning in the nuclear deal court case …

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Funeral Procession outside the Department of Energy to highlight the impacts of Fossil Fuels

March 23, 2017 at 10:35 – Pretoria, 23 March 2017 – Today, activists of the BREAKFREE coalition have taken part in a funeral procession outside the Department of Energy (DoE) in Pretoria to highlight the impacts that coal-fired power stations are having on South African communities. The solemn procession depicted tombstones to which activists were chained with the message “The IRP is our chance to Break Free from fossil fuels” making a call to the South African public to stand up against dangerous and polluting energy options and engage in …

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VICTORY IN SA’S FIRST CLIMATE CHANGE CASE

Media Release 08 March 2017. Today the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), and referred the appeal against the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station back to the Minister of Environmental Affairs on the basis that its climate change impacts had not properly been considered. In South Africa’s first climate change lawsuit, ELA challenged Environmental Affairs’ Minister Molewa’s rejection of its appeal against the approval given to the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo. The approval was granted …

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Thabametsi Court Hearing – Newsflash & MR

MEDIA RELEASE:  From the courtroom: What happened at the hearing of SA’s first climate change case In South Africa’s first climate change court case last week, non-profit environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, presented compelling arguments to the North Gauteng High Court why the Minister of Environmental Affairs’ decision to uphold the environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo must be set aside. ELA argues that: the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted the environmental authorisation for Thabametsi without adequate …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa warns Eskom that the new IRP is abuse against women

Press Release: Earthlife Africa warns Eskom that the new IRP is abuse against women FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 29th of November, 2016 On the 1st of December 2016 more than 500 women from Environmental Justice organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and her grassroots partner organisations will descend on the Eskom regional offices in Braamfontein. Dressed in black, the message that the woman wish to send to Eskom is clear: South Africa’s new energy plan, released on the 22nd of November 2016, is farce and does not reflect the …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa to host the Nuclear-Free Future Awards 2016

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg:  11 November 2016  Press Release:  Earthlife Africa to host the Nuclear-Free Future Awards 2016  For Immediate Release: Johannesburg, As South Africa lies on the brink of procuring 8 nuclear reactors in the most expensive and dangerous tender that the country has ever seen. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will host the annual international Nuclear Free Future Award (NFFA). This year’s NFFAward laureates come from Ethiopia, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, and South Africa. Since 1998 the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored individuals and organizations from around the globe who are …

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KEEP NUKES OUT OF COP, KEEP NUKES OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA- 18 November 2016

Join in the March! Earthlife Africa Johannesburg invites you to march to KEEP NUKES OUT OF COP, KEEP NUKES OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA- 18 November 2016. Dear Comrades, Time is running out. We only have 1 more month before Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) head to court to challenge the nuclear procurement deal. We have a court date set for the 13th and 14th of December 2016 at the Cape Town High Court. This could very well be one of the most important …

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Press release: Let the courts decide

Press release: Let the courts decide 8 October 2016. SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Jhb are seeking justice in the courts. In an interview with Fin24, Rosatom’s regional vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa stated that ‘[l]egally, there is nothing in the agreement between Rosatom and the Department of Energy (DoE) that indicates a nuclear deal has been concluded’. Rosatom claims that its agreement with South Africa is very general. It is assumed that Rosatom is referring to an agreement on strategic partnership and nuclear co-operation signed in 2014 between the governments of …

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Environmental organisation turns to court over new coal-fired power plant

Environmental organisation turns to court over new coal-fired power plant 1st of September 2016. On Tuesday, 23 August 2016, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), instituted legal proceedings in the Pretoria High Court to set aside the environmental authorisation for the proposed 1200MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station near Lephalale in the Limpopo province. ELA has asked the court to review and set aside the Department of Environmental Affairs’ decision to authorise the proposed power station, as well as the Minister of Environmental Affairs’ March 2016 decision …

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MEDIA RELEASE: EARTHLIFE AFRICA JOHANNESBURG CONFERENCE GEARED TO SHAKE UP THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IN SA OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS

EARTHLIFE AFRICA JOHANNESBURG CONFERENCE GEARED TO SHAKE UP THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IN SA OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 30th of August 2016. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg is set to shake up the South African environmental movement in South Africa over the next two days. Tomorrow the environmental justice organization will be hosting a groundbreaking conference entitled: “Race and the Environment”; a discussion set to measure the rate and depth of transformation within the environmental sector in South Africa. The Conference will kick off this evening, on the 30th …

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City silent on Kelvin Power Station facts: Earthlife Africa to demonstrate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City silent on Kelvin Power Station facts: Earthlife Africa to demonstrate Johannesburg, 24th of August 2016. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will protest on Thursday the 25th of August outside the Kelvin Power Station located in Kempton Park in the East of Johannesburg. The demonstration will take place from 10: 00 am. Supporters of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg are demanding answers from the City of Johannesburg about how much the power station actually costs Johannesburg residents in terms of electricity costs and in terms of pollution and potential health risks. …

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PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: THE NUCLEAR- FREE FUTURE AWARDS 2016

Johannesburg, 29th July 2016. This year’s NFFAward laureates come from Ethiopia, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, and South Africa. Since 1998 the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored individuals and organizations from around the globe who are working to end the Nuclear Age – visionaries primarily engaged in pounding the world’s nuclear warheads into plowshares, or ending the energy sector’s so-called ‘peaceful use of the atom.’

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BECAUSE YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR ELECTRICITY- EARTHLIFE AFRICA TO PROTEST KELVIN POWER STATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The City of Johannesburg has a dirty secret. One, which sadly has escaped the debates ahead of the local government elections on August 3rd 2016. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the City of Johannesburg has some of the dirtiest air in the world. Even worse than some of the mega cities in China and India. The City of Johannesburg is also the most polluted city in South Africa. Despite the pollution, many of Johannesburg’s residents are unaware of the dangerous air that they breathe every …

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Press release: SA – Don’t Nuke AFRICA!

Earthlife Africa-Johannesburg Press release: SA – Don’t Nuke AFRICA! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 May 2016: To commemorate Africa Day on 25 May 2016, Earthlife Africa-Johannesburg (ELA) and its partner organisations are holding a demonstration at the Department of Energy in Pretoria appealing to the Minister not to ‘nuke’ the continent. The environmental justice group, ELA wants to remind the Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat- Pettersson on this special day celebrating Africa that government is supposed to respond to civil society’s application to the high court on the proposed nuclear deal, …

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Press release: Renewable energy can reduce electricity tariffs

Press release: Renewable energy can reduce electricity tariffs For Immediate Release Johannesburg, 16th, of March 2016- A group of women are set to demonstrate outside Eskom regional offices in Gauteng this Thursday, March 17, 2016 to call on government to decrease electricity tariffs. The demonstration is organised by Women Energy and Climate Change Forum (WECCF) which is a forum coordinated by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg. The demonstration will take place from 10:00am to 13:00pm at 206 Smit Street, Braamfontein. As part of the International Women’s Day they will be raising their …

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Press Release: Government attempts to undermine legal case against nuclear

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg Press Release: Government attempts to undermine legal case against nuclear For immediate release: Johannesburg, 10 March 2016- Government correspondence provided to Earthlife Africa Jhb and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) lawyers as part of our court action against the procurement of new nuclear reactors, reveals that government deliberately attempted to undermine our court case. When government gazetted a nuclear section 34 determination made in 2013 in December 2015, it was to pave the way for the suspect Russian deal. However, because this nuclear section …

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PRESS STATEMENT: Civil society unanimously contest Nuclear EIA, while Ministers who speak out against nuclear get axed

14 December 2015, Johannesburg: In the midst of Nene’s shocking axe from cabinet, most probably because Treasury openly questioned the risky nuclear procurement process, civil society has pushed back on the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report for South Africa’s most expensive energy infrastructure procurement to date. The 2nd version of the Revised Environmental Impact Assessment for Nuclear-1 was published in September 2015 for public comment. Stakeholders were given just 60 days to comment, but assistance from the Legal Resources Center in Cape Town gave stakeholders an extension until the 10th …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb marches against a failed COP and for urgent local action

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb marches against a failed COP and for urgent local action 08 December 2015, Johannesburg Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, 8th of December 2015, On Friday the 11th of December 2015, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and its partner community organisations will join hands in solidarity against the failure of world leaders to take meaningful action against catastrophic climate change. While the COP 21 climate negotiations are still in progress in Paris, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg maintains that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed world citizens …

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Press Release: Largest climate march in Africa to take place in Johannesburg

Press Release: Largest climate march in Africa to take place in Johannesburg Earthlife Africa Johannesburg Date: 27th November 2015 Tomorrow Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and its partner community organisations, will form the largest protest action against climate change on the African continent. Tomorrow, over 2500 people will head towards the Eskom regional offices in Braamfontein in a bid to warn South Africa that should it continue its dangerous addiction to coal-fired electricity, the results will be catastrophic. If South Africa, and all other polluting countries, do not own up to their …

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Press Release: Johannesburg’s Kelvin Power Station casts a shadow over Africities Summit

Johannesburg, 27th November 2015- From the 29th of November to the 3rd of December 2015 representatives from local governments around Africa will meet in Johannesburg for the Africities Summit 2015. The summit is held every three years, by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), with the purpose of evaluating the implementation of decentralization policies in Africa. The summit further aims to bring the vision of the African Union: “Agenda 2063 – Towards an Africa we want” to a reality.

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb prepares for one of the largest climate marches in Africa

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb prepares for one of the largest climate marches in Africa Earthlife Africa Johannesburg Date: 26th November 2015 On Saturday the 28th of November Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and over a thousand community activists, will descend on Eskom’s regional offices in Braamfontein to protest South Africa’s dirty addiction to coal energy and its subsequent huge carbon footprint. The protest will take place just before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is set to open on Monday in Paris. …

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Earthlife Africa kick-starts 16 Days of Activism with anti-nuke protest

Press Release: Earthlife Africa kick-starts 16 Days of Activism with anti-nuke protest Earthlife Africa Johannesburg Date: 24th November 2015 The 25th of November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and marks the opening of 16 Days of Activism for 2015. 16 Days of Activism is an international awareness raising campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children, which has been celebrated in South Africa since 1998. To kick off the 16 Days of Activism campaign in South Africa, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and around 100 women …

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Earthlife Africa Jhb targets 2015 climate march at destructive coal

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb targets 2015 climate march at destructive coal Earthlife Africa Johannesburg Date: 24th November 2015 Although climate activists have been denied the right to protest in the streets of Paris at the fast approaching United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21); local activists in South Africa are ready to stand up for the cause. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and her partner community organisations, will, as they have done for the past 10 years, hit the streets of Johannesburg to …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb Opposes French Crackdown on Climate Action

Earthlife Africa Jhb The French government has banned large-scale mobilisations at this year’s UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. Earthlife Africa Jhb opposes this move, which we see as a strike against global citizens’ right to protest over the impending climate disaster. As an organisation founded in the anti-apartheid struggle, we understand how fundamental the right to assembly and protest is. This right is at the core of South Africa’s democratic liberation, and we, as individuals, have this right not by virtue of it being granted to us, but as fundamental part …

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Earthlife Africa to protest false climate solutions solutions

Press Release: Earthlife Africa to protest false climate solutions solutions Earthlife Africa Jhb FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Johannesburg, 19th of October 2015, Earthlife Africa Jhb and its partner organisations will demonstrate tomorrow at the 4th South African Carbon Capture and Storage Conference. The activists wish to warn the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCS) and the Department of Energy that Capture and Storage (CCS), like nuclear energy, is a false solution to the climate crisis. As the world heads once again towards the hottest year on record in …

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Press Release: Court Action Earthlife Africa Jhb and SAFCEI draw the line on Joemat- Pettersson’s secret nuclear deal

Earthlife Africa Jhb and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institution 15th October 2015 Embargoed until 12 noon 15th October 2015 Environmental justice organisations, Earthlife Africa Jhb (ELA-Jhb) and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institution (SAFCEI) are going to court in a bid to challenge government’s plan to procure 9600 MW of nuclear reactors. On the 12th of October 2015 the two organisations issued their application papers out of the Cape Town High Court challenging various aspects of the nuclear procurement process. In its papers, Earthlife Africa Jhb and SAFCEI …

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NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PROCUREMENT – LEGAL CHALLENGE

INVITATION TO PRESS BRIEFING   From: Earthlife Africa Jhb (ELA) and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institution (SAFCEI) Venue: Civicus House, located at 24 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown Date: 15th October 2015 Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm RE: NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PROCUREMENT – LEGAL CHALLENGE Secrecy continues to shroud government’s procurement of 9600 MW of nuclear energy (up to eight nuclear power plants) as part of the rollout of its planned national nuclear procurement programme. ELA-Jhb and SAFCEI believe that the procurement of 9600 MW of nuclear energy …

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Press Release: Bizarre nuclear dreams at holiday resort press briefing

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – The Department of Energy today called a press briefing to discuss the Intergovernmental Framework Agreements that have now finally been submitted to parliament, after a long standing battle to obtain them by opposition parties, civil society and NGOs. Despite the enormous importance of the decision to embark on South Africa’s most expensive procurement to date, the press briefing was held at the exclusive Zimbali Resort off the North coast of KwaZulu- Natal. The isolated and exclusive venue made it difficult for journalists to attend, providing …

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Press Release: The Nuclear Showdown: Experts debate on the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear power for South Africa

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg- South Africa is in the grip of an electricity crisis, with loadshedding becoming an almost daily occurrence. The shortage of electricity and poor state of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations has led to leading energy industry experts scrambling for answers. Supporters of nuclear power argue that nuclear power will provide safe and clean electricity; however others argue that nuclear power is too costly, complicated to build on time and will leave a legacy of dangerous radioactive waste. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg aims to bring these arguments to the …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa march on the French Consulate to demand an end to coal

Earthlife Africa Jhb Tomorrow, on the 15th of May 2015, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and over a thousand protesters will march on the French consulate in Johannesburg. They demand that the French government and the French company, Engie (formally GDF Suez) stop supporting dirty coal in South Africa and support sustainable renewable energy instead. France will host COP 21 this year, and its plan to build the Thabametsi power station in South Africa will be a stain on it’s climate leader image. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will march from the Johannesburg Alliance …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa to March on French Consulate

Earthlife Africa Jhb On the 15th of May, over a thousand protesters will descended upon the French Consulate in Johannesburg. The protesters will march on the French government and Engie (formally GDF Suez) in order to change the French government’s destructive climate policy. Protesters will march from the Johannesburg Alliance Francaise located at 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview Johannesburg to the French Consulate situated in the Standard Bank building at 191 Jan Smuts Avenue Parktown North. The march will take place between 10:00am and 13:00pm. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s grievance is …

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg challenge François Hollande and GDF Suez to end coal and save lives

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 29th of April, 2015- Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, will picket for the third time in two weeks outside of the partly French government owned GDF Suez’s offices in Johannesburg tomorrow. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and it’s partner organisations, oppose the imminent 1200 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station in the Waterberg region of Limpopo Province. The picket will take place at the GDF Suez offices (located at 6-10 Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the 30th of April 2015. The picket …

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Press Release: GDF Suez is a pollution CEO not a Climate CEO, claim Earthlife Africa

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 24th of April, 2015- Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, will be holding a second picket outside of the French based company GDF Suez offices in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg is appalled to find that the company, of which 35% is owned by the French government, is urging governments of the world to “set science-based global and national targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the development of alternative energy sources”, while continuing to build carbon intensive coal fired power stations in …

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Press Release: GDF Suez set to increase climate change in South Africa, Earthlife to Protest

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 14th of April, 2015- Environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, will be holding a series of pickets over the next two weeks outside of the French based company GDF Suez’s offices in Woodmead, Johannesburg. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg demands that the company, which is owned 35% by the French government, pulls out of coal in South Africa entirely and funds renewable energy instead. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s pickets will be at GDF Suez offices (located at 6-10 Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on …

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

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

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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Press Release: Russian Nuclear Report Exposes Rosatom

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – President Zuma’s mysterious visit to Russia in August 2014, and the intergovernmental nuclear partnership agreement signed with Russian state owned nuclear cooperation, Rosatom, in September 2014 reveals that Russia is tops in South Africa’s nuclear procurement ambitions. A new report released by environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, however details just how concerning a potential deal with Russia will be.

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Press Release: Will South Africa own up to its carbon pollution at COP 20?

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – It’s that time of year again. Today the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, begins in Lima- Peru. The UNFCCC is an international treaty to cooperatively act on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol is a legally binding agreement between signatory countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. COP 17 captured the interest of South Africa when it …

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Press Release: Governments’ nuclear plan ignores its own energy advice

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – Despite public outrage at the secretive procurement agreements signed by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and various nuclear vendor countries in September, the government is forging ahead with its 9600MW nuclear plans. On the 26th of November, the National Department of Energy announced that it has successfully concluded a second nuclear vendor parade workshop with delegations from China, France, South Korea and the United States of America. The first nuclear vendor parade workshop was held with the Russian state owned Rosatom in late October.

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Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb to March on Sasol’s AGM

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg – Pollution profiteer Sasol will be holding its Annual General Meeting on the 21st of November at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank Johannesburg. Earthlife Africa Jhb, and its partner community-based organisations, will march to the meeting in a bid to tell Sasol and its shareholders that non-compliance with South African air quality laws is a crime against the South African people. Earthlife Africa Jhb will march from the Sasol headquarters, located at 1 Sturdee Avenue in Rosebank Johannesburg, to the Rosebank Hyatt Regency Hotel at …

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Press Release: Environmentalists protest against Zuma’s plans for our coast

Earthlife Africa Durban The national government wants to fast track service delivery and reduce unemployment and poverty through “Operation Phakisa”. It won’t work. Phakisa has very little to do with poverty alleviation and everything to do with profits for corporates, most likely with the familiar kickbacks for well-connected tenderpreneurs and their political allies. President Jacob Zuma is releasing a report today on Operation Phakisa which may provide more details on how our coast will be plundered for short term economic gain and profit, potentially damaging our environment beyond repair. Given …

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Civil Society demands an end to WORLD BANK biases.

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Press Release: Nuclear deal with Russia not in the interests of the South African people

Earthlife Africa JhbJohannesburg, 22nd of September 2014- Yesterday it was announced that the Russian state nuclear vendor, Rosatom, will supply the South African government with eight new nuclear units to the capacity of 9600MW. The reactors will supposedly be ready for power production by 2030. The announcement arrives at a time when public distrust around the rumoured nuclear procurement deal has been gaining momentum in South Africa, mostly because of the secrecy with which the deal has been carried out in the highest corridors of power and because of the …

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Media Release: Rights organisations plan to join Sasol and Natref pollution litigation

Centre of Environmental rights [September 17, 2014 at 10:34 am] CAPE TOWN. Two groups of environmental rights organisations have given notice of their intention to seek consent to be admitted as friends of the court (amici curiae) in court proceedings launched in May 2014 by Sasol and the National Petroleum Refiners of SA Ltd (Natref) against the government. Sasol and Natref’s application aims to set aside the majority of South Africa’s air pollution regulations for big industry. These regulations are aimed at curbing emissions of dangerous pollutants which have serious …

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Press Release: World Expert on Nuclear Economics, Professor Stephen Thomas, Visits South Africa

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 12th of September 2014 Rumours of a new ‘red’, or Russian built, nuclear power station are rife at present in the South African media, fuelled by events such as President Jacob Zuma’s unexpected and unexplained trip to Russia two weeks ago. The rumours, and the lack of transparency surrounding the possibility of another nuclear build, have left many pondering the cost feasibility of more nuclear energy. If nuclear energy makes so much financial sense, why then is it treated with such secrecy by the national government? …

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Press Release: Sasol Spends Profits On Undermining The State

Earthlife Africa Jhb Johannesburg, 8th of September 2014- The world’s biggest coal-to-liquid fuel producer and the world’s largest on point source of climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, announced star performance full-year profits in Johannesburg this morning. The global polluter attributed its reported 7% profit increase from last year, to R41.7 billion, mainly to record synthetic fuel production which increased by fifteen percent. Sasol announces the profit, at the same time as it is taking the South African government to court in an attempt to undermine the states impending air …

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Press Release: International Action against Anglo-American and Vedanta

Earthlife Africa Jhb 26th of July 2104 Anglo American Thermal Coal and Vedanta Zinc International have plans for a dirty coal partnership in the Waterberg region in Limpopo Province. Anglo American will supply low grade coal to a Vedanta owned coal-fired power station. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has had its eye on this underhanded relationship for some time, maintaining that another coal-fired power station, beyond Mepudi and Matimba, in the Waterberg will spell environmental and human-health disaster. On the 31st of July and the 1st of August, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will …

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