Environment

NGO to Appeal High Court Ruling over ESKOM Documents

IOL, 6 September 2007.

Earthlife Africa (ELA), an environmental lobby group, will appeal a High Court judgment which denies access to ESKOM board meeting minutes relating to its Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) development.

ELA Campaign Coordinator, Maya Aberman, explains that the organisation hoped that the documents would provide Eskom’s rationale for failing to supply adequate information on the health impacts and economics of the PBMR.

New National Coalition Opposes Nuclear Expansion in South Africa

23 August 2007

NGOs, community groups and individuals throughout South Africa have formed a national coalition to oppose the expansion of the nuclear industry and to demand a commitment to public participation in energy planning.

"Not just Cabinet alone, but all sectors together should decide on energy policy in South Africa," said the statement by the newly-formed Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) a week after the South African Government released its draft Nuclear Energy Strategy Policy.

Water as a Shared Responsibility

The 2nd United Nations World Water Development Report: Water, a Shared Responsibility is a report which builds on the conclusions of the 1st United Nations World Water Development Report 'Water for People, Water for Life' published in 2003. The report presents a comprehensive picture of freshwater resources in all regions and most countries of the world as it tracks progress towards the water-related targets of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Limpopo is South Africa’s Safest Province – SAIRR

Citizen, 8 August 2007. 

According to a study conducted by the South African Institute of Race and Relations (SAIRR) on police statistics released in Polokwane, Limpopo is the safest province in South Africa.

SAIRR Researcher Kerwin Lebone contends that the province had the lowest rate of murders, rapes and armed robberies in 2006/07. Lebone further says the statistics questioned the much-cited arguments that the country’s high crime rate is caused by poverty, unemployment, and that crimes are committed by foreigners.

International NGOs Respond to Floods in South Asia

Global Politician, 7 August 2007.

Responding to the recent floods that have affected 30 million victims of severe flooding in South Asia, various international NGOs have joined together to aid the flood victims.

International aid agency World Vision is coordinating its efforts with the Inter Agency Group (IAG), a NGO network body, which is pushing for a unified and coordinated response by aid agencies.

Response to e-Brief ‘The BioWatch Legal Battle and Media Spin’


The recent e-brief by Donrich Jordaan (“Centre for International Political Studies’ E-brief on the BioWatch Legal Battle and Media Spin”, 10 July 2007) requires a response.  Jordaan heads up the Unit for Policy Studies at the Centre and is also a director of Sylvean Biotech, a company established to pursue business opportunities in modern biotechnology.

SA's CDM Project Promotes Energy Efficient Adaptation

Engineering News, 6 August 2007.

South Africa's first internationally registered Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, which was developed by the NGO SouthSouthNorth SSN, is promoting the potential for the energy-efficient adaptation of all South African low-cost housing.  

The Kuyasa Project has already adapted ten pilot houses, thereby ensuring the effectiveness of efficiency measuring systems, and the retrofitting of the remaining 2 300 houses has started.

Education for Sustainable Development

The publication titled, 'Natural Disaster Preparedness and Education for Sustainable Development', provides details for the development of appropriate and relevant educational materials for natural disaster preparedness that target key stakeholder groups and integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) principles and strategies. The publication provides insights into effective techniques for developing relevant educational materials, and highlights some of the challenges in this field.

NGOs Oppose Mining Application

Mining Weekly, 16 July 2007.

The article on the Xobelani mining right application in the Xobelani project area, notes that NGOs and community members are opposed to the application on the grounds that mining in the area would violate the fundamental principles of sustainable development.

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