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Who holds the power?

“Faith communities are seriously concerned at indications that South Africa’s future energy choices are being determined behind closed doors by foreign business interests” says Liz McDaid, who coordinates SAFCEI’s governance programme. The Department of Energy (DoE) has responded negatively to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application of the Southern African Faith Communities’ […]

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Youth explore links between Faith and Nature.

There was an overwhelming response to the invitations that were sent out for the Youth Leadership Workshop in November 2015.  Twenty four dynamic and socio- politically aware candidates who care for the environment participated.  A few of the participants were Cape based but the others travelled from Gauteng, KZN, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi and Swaziland. The […]

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Creation’s YES!

In the spirit of reawakening and restoring our heart and soul connection with nature in 2015, John Roff’s poem While We sleep reminds us that even as we sleep nature is vibrantly awake. To attend a Poems and Spirit event see invite  at the end of this article. `While we Sleep’  While we sleep, whole […]

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Does your life bless the Earth?

What does the start of 2015 bring to the growing number of people of faith who feel increasing dis-ease about the health of our planet?  What does it mean for Earth Keepers? We are urged by green organisations and the authorities to recycle, to save water and energy, to buy less and to buy local, etc. […]

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Advocacy training inspires Eco-action.

15 faith leaders from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Kenya attended SAFCEI’s first Faith Leaders’ Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT) in November.  The programme was run in Cape Town over three days by Liziwe McDaid, SAFCEI’s Energy and Climate Change Programme Coordinator.  The participants selected for training in advocacy skills were specifically chosen for their passion […]

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Treasury has not Explored Nuclear

Treasury has responded to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)’s application for information regarding the nuclear deals. SAFCEI believes that prior to entering into any international nuclear agreements, it would be imperative to investigate any financial obligations that the country might incur under such agreements. Such obligations would presumably be drawn from experts […]

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It’s a Pig’s Life

God has designed these remarkably intelligent and curious creatures with the ability to communicate with various expressions of grunts, oinks and squeals that have specific meanings. Pigs’ instinctive behavior is to form stable family groups with clearly established social hierarchies. In nature pigs are normally active during the day and spend 75% of their active […]

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Ian Player: A conservation legacy for life.

Dr Ian Player died quietly on Sunday at his home, Phuzamoya, in KwaZulu-Natal, at the age of 87. His name is synonymous with rhino conservation internationally. Locally Dr Player’s courage and energy won many conservation battles including stopping the proposed strip mining of the St Lucia Coastal dunes by one of the biggest mining companies […]

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Summer braais meet your meat!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi Sharing meals with family and friends and especially the tradition of braaing are about enjoying good company around the gift of food. With the onset of the summer holidays, braaing and eating meat is […]

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