Klerksdorp Workshop

Over 70 youths are currently gathered at the Rabbuni Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Klerksdorp in the North West.  The purpose of the gathering is to be workshop on the Environment. SAFCEI has been invited to co-facilitate this workshop with a special focus on Eco-congregations and the meaning of the recent Encyclical of Pope […]

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SAFCEI goes to Tanzania

SAFCEI and Hope for Tanzania held a workshop in the Same district of Tanzania from the 1st to the 3rd July 2015.  The workshop included faith leadership from different faiths in the area, including Catholics, Lutherans, African traditional faith leaders and Muslims. The workshop focused on the responsibility of faith leadership to care for the […]

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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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Protecting 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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