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NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES - 2010

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New Eskom CEO– Facing Regional Challenge

22 June, 2010 - Maputo, Mozambique and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Brian Dames, Eskom’s new Chief Executive Officer is being challenged by African Civil Society Organisations to reverse South Africa and Eskom’s role in further destructive damming of the Zambezi River, through the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa Dam.

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Read an open letter to Eskom CEO on proposed hydro projects in Mozambique from SA and Mozambican organisations

South Africans say no to Eskom's R29 billion World Bank loan

16 February, 2010 - Communities, environmental groups, academics and NGOs today call on the World Bank to cease and desist from a proposed loan of R29 billion ($3.75 bn) to Eskom. If this loan – which may come up for a Board vote in March or April – goes through, poor South Africans will have to bear the burden of Eskom's debt and the World Bank's cost recovery programme, and climate change will intensify. A world campaign begins now.

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World Bank money for Eskom will amplify South Africa's energy, climate and poverty crises.

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Keep the Coal in the Hole

21 February, 2010 - Critics of World Bank Financing for Eskom announce global "No Coal Loan" campaign. Dozens of civil society organisations will announce a global campaign against the World Bank and Eskom, endorsed by dozens of civil society organisations, with the intention of preventing a $3.75 billion loan (possibly $4 billion) that would dramatically raise South Africa's world-leading carbon emissions and the price of electricity to ordinary people. The organisations represent millions of concerned citizens, community, environmental, labour and academic constituencies, in South Africa, the rest of the African continent and the world at large. Press Conference held simutaneously:

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