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Clear the air

Eskom has recently applied to be exempt from South Africa’s minimum emission standards. Here is a short seven minute video which shows how the impacts of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations are creating heavily polluted air breathed in by people living in the Highveld region in Mpumalanga. Continue reading

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Help Eskom and help yourself

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It seems the whole of Cape Town was affected by the recent load shedding a few weeks ago when Eskom’s coal reserves were soaked by unusually long and heavy rains. Our office didn’t have power for most of the morning, which made me realise how reliant on electricity we all are (and the need for solar panels on our office roof!) But what other options does our country have, which is so heavily reliant on coal? And what can you as an individual do? Robert Fischer gives us some advice and looks at the short and long tem options. Continue reading

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Counting the costs: nuclear

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In this final post of our three-part series looking at the true costs of coal, nuclear and fracking, we investigate nuclear power – and debunk the myths that it is cheap, clean and safe. Continue reading

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Counting the costs: fracking

In this final post of our three-part series on counting the hidden cost of coal, nuclear and fracking, we delve deeper into the real price of fracking and find that it is not the cheap energy alternative it claims to be. Continue reading

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Counting the costs: coal

In this three-part series we take a look at the hidden costs of coal, fracking and nuclear. Today we look at coal and its impacts on the environment and health of communities.

Coal-fired power stations produce over half of the world’s 2 190 tonnes of mercury that are pumped into the atmosphere every year! Continue reading

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Civil society meet to discuss sustainable energy future for all

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This year Project 90 undertook to organise a Energy caucus – a national civil society platform working to create a vision for sustainable energy solutions in South Africa. The purpose was to ensure that in this crucial year of energy policy decision-making, Energy Civil Society Organisations would have the opportunity to spend two days together to pool their insights and concerns into a collective strategy for positively influencing the Energy policy decision-making space in the short term. Continue reading

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Making sustainable jobs a reality

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When different types of power generation technologies are debated, the creation of jobs is always an important consideration, particularly in South Africa where unemployment is high.

Brenda Martin, Project 90’s founding director, takes a closer look at the jobs that will be created in SA’s planned nuclear programme and makes the case that renewable energy solutions offer sustainable and better job opportunities because they can be locally created, long-term, distributed all over the country and can directly benefit women and poor communities.

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