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2017 NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES

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Eskom flouts air pollution laws and World Bank loan conditions

September 23, 2016. Kriel Power Station. Emissions from Eskom's coal-fired power stations cause significant numbers of respiratory hospital admissions and deaths. Picture: JAMES OATWAY

September 23, 2016. Kriel Power Station. Emissions from Eskom's coal-fired power stations cause significant numbers of respiratory hospital admissions and deaths. Picture: JAMES OATWAY

21 February 2017 - The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign (made up of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA) and groundWork (gW)) is dismayed to learn that Eskom is once again applying to postpone compliance with pollution standards. This time, it is re-applying for postponements of standards that it was legally required to meet almost two years ago, for its two coal-fired power stations in Limpopo – Medupi, which is under construction, and Matimba.

Read the full CER Media Advisory here.

SA's first climate change lawsuit coming soon

Kriel Power Station in Mpumalanga, an existing coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom. Picture: James Oatway for CER

20 February 2017 - SA’s first climate change litigation starts in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 2 March 2017 when Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will challenge the decision of the Minister of Environmental Affairs to uphold the environmental authorisation for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power plant.

Read the full CER media advisory here.

Obolokile Nthase from Botswana, Cassoca Community and International Coal Exchange Participants gather to analyze polluted water.

Africa massively looted over the centuries and continues to suffer the severe impacts of resource exploitation and related conflicts

08 February 2017 - Pietermaritzburg Environmental Justice and Human Rights activists representatives from communities affected by coal mining in Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Sweden met in Tete, Mozambique, on the 3rd and 4th of November 2016, to discuss the impacts of coal mining in Southern Africa and to ponder on the responses needed to address these impacts.

At the end of the deliberations, it was agreed that Africa and its resources are being plundered, its peoples are being oppressed and their dignity as humans is being put in question. The meeting also noted that the environment in the areas of mining activity has also been affected and destroyed drastically, contributing to environmental and climatic injustice.

Read the full Tete Declaration here.

groundWork, Director Bobby Peek, shares his message in solidarity with Friends of the Earth, U.S.

Pietermaritzburg, 26 January 2017 - groundWork, Director Bobby Peek recently shared his message in solidarity with Friends of the Earth, U.S. who have rejected the nomination of the Trump Administration of Rex Tillerson for the post of Secretary of State. groundWork and many other Friends of the Earth environmental justice organisations, have shared their concerns and appealed to all senators including Senator Chris Coons to say NO to the appointment of Mr Tillerson. The pressure and unity has worked, as Senator Coons has announced that he intends to vote against the appointment of Mr Tillerson - see Sen. Coon's statement here.

You can watch the full groundWork, Friends of the Earth SA message to Senator Coons here.

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