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Thumbs up for NERSA in turning Eskom down

The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) congratulates NERSA for applying its mind and rejecting Eskom’s application for a tariff increase. According to media reports, Eskom failed to provide key information and failed to comply with the rules. SAFCEI was one of the multitude of stakeholder organisations who presented at the two days of […]

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What does Nature want?

Human wants are well articulated, marketed and even expanded to a position of status. Most are ultimately provided by Nature: the landscapes whose scale, seasons and sense of place provide many of our spiritual needs; the raw materials that we process and combine into the multitudinous food and material products that feed us and our […]

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Imam Omar questions South Africa’s nuclear path

“There is no such thing as safe nuclear power!” Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar of the Claremont Main Road Mosque cautioned the congregation who had come to listen to his World Environment Day khutbah (sermon).  The current electricity crisis may motivate the government and some of us to favour risky energy options such as nuclear.  […]

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The fight for the Wild Coast

Sinegugu Zukulu’s story of the Amadiba community’s struggle in Pondoland to keep the proposed N2 toll road and titanium mining off their land is an inspiring account. Sinegugu, who manages the protection of the extensive Mzimvubu mountain catchment area for Conservation SA, came to talk at SAFCEI’s AGM in Durban on the 3rd of June. […]

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Caring for our Common Home

“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start” Laudato Si’ The release of the Pope’s Encyclical brought much excitement and hope to environmentalists the world over. SAFCEI, with many others, added its voice to […]

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Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions

COP 21 is just around the corner and there is much activity around climate action, including in the courts. With this ruling, the Dutch court has shown that governments have an obligation towards their citizens regarding climate change: it is their responsibility to protect their citizens through taking protective measures. As the Guardian reported: “A […]

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Our Nuclear Vigil is spreading

We are happy to announce that our Pretoria colleagues have started their own Nuclear Vigil in the Jacaranda City. The nuclear vigil began in Cape Town last year October and takes place every Wednesday from 7.30 – 9.00am in front of Parliament. The Pretoria nuclear vigil, which is to run concurrently with the Cape Town […]

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The NERSA hearings

The NERSA hearings continue into the second day. Groups like Women Energy and Climate Change Forum (WECCF) spoke of everyday hardships, and called for renewables as well as additional free basic electricity (FBE). The Pietermartzburg Agency for Community Social Action raised the issue of food security pointing out that their local research shows that if […]

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Dolorites: The Guardians of the Karoo

The formation of the dolorites in the Karoo took place many thousands of years ago, yet today these formations are highly relevant in the fracking debate. See how the presence of these rocks make it unfeasible to frack in the Karoo in this interesting animation made by Dr. Stefan Cramer, our colleague in the Karoo.

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