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Transforming our local community

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At Project 90, we work with many communities all around South Africa, and so we decided that it would be good to work in our own community too! We hosted an informative session for the local residents in Harfield Village, where our office is based. We discussed how the energy crisis is affecting our local communities and presented some of the practical solutions available. Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Realism

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The Tyranny of Realism- to what extent is our present and future energy development constrained by the past? This is a question that our most recent report seeks to answer.

“This volume seeks to prompt balanced discussion of a number of themes, but also presents a line of argument, that there is one decision that is unequivocally and urgently required: to prioritise the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the short term, immediately and ambitiously, and increase the share of renewable resources in the energy mix as rapidly and extensively as possible into the long term”.
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Traditional Heritage supports Sustainable Living

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I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Heritage Day yesterday!

One of our volunteers, Nokubonga, has written a blog post on her thoughts around our current path of development not catering to preserving our natural heritage. She says: healthy ecosystems are the birthright of all, and are central to our unique cultures, traditions and religions. We need to ensure that meeting our needs today does not compromise on the ability for future generations to meet theirs. Continue reading

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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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Power behind the scenes

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Hin Wah, our Communications Programme Manager, wrote a lovely piece for the Green Times magazine about our wave turbine installation at the Two Oceans Aquarium. A continuous wave is needed to keep the kelp and other plants in the aquirium alive. Project 90 teamed up with the aquarium to design and build a wave turbine which could create this wave without using electricity. Continue reading

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Project 90’s proposition to new Government Ministers

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Now that the hype of the elections is over, and our new cabinet for the next 5 years has been chosen, we will quickly see which election promises will be realised. There are a number of important issues we feel that the government needs to focus on over the next five years.

There are only three more national elections remaining between now and 2030. We believe a government that thinks and speaks long term, particularly in terms of sustainability, is a government worth voting for.

We have therefore written an open letter to the new Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Peterssen and the new Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa with our wish list for what they should achieve and work towards during their term of office. Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Western roots of the climate change crisis

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Eight Project 90 staff and volunteers were invited to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Training in Johannesburg last month. Al Gore and his team are travelling the world to teach and share experiences of climate change to create climate leaders across the globe. Blessing Mutiti, a Project 90 volunteer, reflects on the training and whether the responsbility for solving climate change should sit with the industrialised Western countries who caused it. Continue reading