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#FixEskom Webinar Series

As the country plunges deeper into an energy crisis, the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) invites you to join us for a series of webinars on loadshedding and South Africa’s energy crisis. The webinars will provide insights into what is behind loadshedding and the multiple problems facing Eskom, offering a historical perspective on the utility’s evolution, tracing the beginnings of its corporatisation, the dimensions of its failures and then examining the inadequate responses offered by the government so far. 

Following this dissection of the current energy crisis, we will shine light on the reasons behind the failure of the introduction of free basic electricity in addressing energy poverty and how to address it, before turning to look at the unfolding response to the energy crisis illustrating the threat that Green Structural Adjustment and liberalization poses to South Africa’s power system.  

The dire issue of climate change cannot be ignored, and so the webinar series will also give great focus to the need for a Just Transition towards renewable energy, and the importance of resisting the unjust and impractical neoliberal philosophy that has guided government management of Eskom.

Beyond a diagnosis of loadshedding and the crisis at Eskom, the webinar series will show how fixing Eskom is critical if we are to deal with immediate energy needs, as part of a longer-term strategy to put South Africa on a path of decarbonisation. 

WEEK 1: Loadshedding and governments response to the Energy Crisis

Date: 28 September 2022

Speakers: Gaopalelwe Santswere – Deputy President of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa

Unpacking the loadshedding crisis-linked to Eskom’s multifaceted crises


Sandra Van Niekerk – Public Services International’s Climate Change Project Coordinator

Corporatisation of Eskom


Brian Kamanzi – Energy policy researcher at the Institute for Economic Justice

Assessment of government’s proposals

For week 1: REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

WEEK 2: Green structural adjustment and energy poverty

Date: 11 October 2022

Speakers: Tracy Ledger – Senior Researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute

Full cost recovery model and the need for FBE

Dick Forslund – AIDC Senior Economist

Austerity and the liberalisation of the energy sector


Trevor Shaku – SAFTU National Spokesperson

Labour movement’s perspective on the energy crisis

WEEK 3: Energy democracy: the need for a public pathway

Date: 25 October 2022

Speakers: Irene Shen – Public Outreach Coordinator for Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Failure of neoliberal climate policy

Dominic Brown – AIDC Director

A low-carbon reindustrialisation programme for SA and one million climate jobs

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