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Power struggle: The 100MW exemption is likely to be a monumental step towards privatisation — not necessarily for the good

Power struggle: The 100MW exemption is likely to be a monumental step towards privatisation — not necessarily for the good Bruce Baigrie | Daily Maverick | July 5, 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that private embedded generators may produce up


Perils of deregulating energy: Texas blackouts a snapshot of the fraught future of an unbundled Eskom

Perils of deregulating energy: Texas blackouts a snapshot of the fraught future of an unbundled Eskom Jonathan Cannard | DailyMaverick | 26 May, 2021 The so-called developing world – including South Africa – has the advantage of learning from the many


Mail and Guardian, electric cars are not a panacea

Mail and Guardian, electric cars are not a panacea Jeff Rudin | Mail and Guardian | 03 May, 2021 Life would be simple if the only problem with cars was their petrol engines. Alas, although the transition from fossil fuels


A BRIEF HISTORY OF ESKOM – 1923-2015

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ESKOM – 1923-2015 Sandra Van Niekerk | Why Eskom Is In a Mess and What to Do About It This article is a brief excerpt of “A BRIEF HISTORY OF ESKOM – 1923-2015” by Sandra van


Why Eskom Is In A Mess and What To Do About It

Why Eskom Is In A Mess and What To Do About It No matter who you are, no South African can avoid coming face to face with the crisis at Eskom. Load shedding puts a stop to daily life, closes


Financing a Socially-Owned Transformed Eskom

Financing a Socially-Owned Transformed Eskom Eskom Research Reference Group | Eskom Transformed | 22 September 2020 In the last few summaries, we outlined a few of the biggest issues with the plan for an unbundled Eskom and a for-profit electricity


Why Should We Oppose Unbundling?: The Death of Eskom? (Part Two)

Why Should We Oppose Unbundling?: The Death of Eskom?(Part Two) Eskom Research Reference Group | Eskom Transformed | 22 September 2020 In the last summary, we went into some detail about why there is such a big push to unbundle


Why Should We Oppose Unbundling? (Part 1)

Why Should We Oppose Unbundling? (Part 1) Eskom Research Reference Group | Eskom Transformed | 13 August 2020 One of the most debated parts of the government’s plan for Eskom is the issue of unbundling. Simply put, this means that


What is the ‘Just Transition?’

What is the ‘Just Transition?’ Eskom Research Reference Group|Eskom Transformed Explainer | 17 July, 2020 The term “Just Transition” has become increasingly common in discussions of a plan to tackle climate change. It is imperative that the world move towards


Eskom Transformed: Can Private Power Avert the Climate Crisis?

Eskom Transformed: Can Private Power Avert the Climate Crisis? Eskom Research Reference Group | Eskom Transformed Explainers|10 July, 2020 The necessity of transitioning to renewable sources of energy, away from fossil fuels, has become abundantly clear. The climate crisis threatens


The Impediments Trade Agreements Pose to a South African Renewable Energy Industry

The Impediments Trade Agreements Pose to a South African Renewable Energy Industry Jonathan Cannard | Alternative Information and Development Centre | 26 June, 2020 This is a brief excerpt from a research paper titled “The Impediments Trade Agreements Pose to


Announcing “Eskom Transformed”: The Case for a Big Eskom in the Age of Austerity

Announcing “Eskom Transformed”: The Case for a Big Eskom in the Age of Austerity Eskom Research Reference Group | Amandla Online | 24 June, 2020 For most of the Ramaphosa presidency, the struggle over the future of the nation’s economy


Pandemic gives us a last chance to avert climate – and social – catastrophe

Pandemic gives us a last chance to avert climate – and social – catastrophe Bruce Baigrie | Mail and Guardian |16 Apr 2020 Just a few months ago headlines began to emerge of a novel coronavirus rapidly infecting people in


Their Just Transition and ours

Their Just Transition and ours by Zwelinzima Vavi | Amandla! Issue No. 66 | October 2019 This is a slightly edited version of an input on the Just Transition to the School of Labour and Urban Studies, City University of


System Change not Climate Change Colloquium

System Change not Climate Change Colloquium Join us at the Isivivana Centre on Thursday the 26th for practical inputs on resisting the climate crisis. System Change not Climate Change is part of the African Climate Alliance’s week of positive climate action.


The Larger Struggle: Mitigating Capitalism

The Larger Struggle: Mitigating Capitalism Hans Baer |Climate and Capitalism | 11 July, 2019 The climate movement both at the international level and within specific countries is quite disparate, meriting a distinction between climate activists per se and climate justice activists. Representatives


A different Eskom: Achieving a just energy transition for South Africa

A different Eskom: Achieving a just energy transition for South Africa Sandra van Niekerk | DailyMaverick | 04 July, 2019 The knee-jerk reaction of both government and many commentators to the crisis of Eskom has been to tout unbundling as the major solution


What ever happened to the Energy Transition?

What ever happened to the Energy Transition? John Treat | Amandla 64 | June 2019 Anyone trying to understand what’s happening with the world’s energy systems right now can be forgiven if they are confused. On one hand, most people


Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism.

Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? Phil McDuff | Original Source: The Guardian | 18 March, 2019 Climate change activism is increasingly the domain of the young, such as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg,


The Student Strike to Save the Climate Will Leave a Mark

The Student Strike to Save the Climate Will Leave a Mark Piero Bevilacqua | Original Source: Il Manifesto | 27  March, 2019   The event taking place today, the world’s first Global Climate Strike for the Future, is destined to


“Act on the Climate Crisis to Save our People and the Planet” – African Women’s Movements and Women-led organisations

Act on the Climate Crisis! Save our People and the Planet! 25 March, 2019 African women’s movements, movements and women-led organisations call on our governments, the United Nations, and African Union to act on the climate crisis to save our


Climate Strike – 15 March

This is a call to join the Cape Town Climate Strike this Friday 15th March! Inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, hundreds of students and activists will gather in Cape Town outside parliament and stand up for the climate


Understanding the Green New Deal

Understanding the Green New Deal Amandla Compilation | 5 March 2019 Stopping the destructive effects of industrial, capitalist civilization is now considered by many on the left to be the defining challenge of our time. The vast majority of scientists


Parastatals: Privatisation won’t solve the crisis

Parastatals: Privatisation won’t solve the crisis By Michael Nassen Smith, Carilee Osborne | Original Source: Mail & Guardian | 25 February 2019 South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are in crisis. Last month, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba issued dire warnings about

Climate Jobs Booklet (2011)

One Million Climate Jobs