Obama’s lightbulb moment on sub-Saharan Africa

"Today, I am proud to announce a new initiative: Power Africa, that will double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa," US President Barack Obama said.

"We’ll start by investing $7-billion in US government resources and partner with the private sector, who have committed more than $9-billion in investment," said Obama, while addressing about 800 people at the University of Cape Town on Sunday evening.

Obama was delivering his remarks at the same venue US former president Robert F Kennedy delivered a speech amidst a political storm in 1966.

National government ministers including Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, premier Helen Zille, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and a number of MPs were among those who attended the event.

Sunday was Obama’s last day in South Africa ahead of his visit to Tanzania, the last country on his three-nation visit on the continent. Continue reading

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SANEA LECTURE: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa

Topic: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa

Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Engen Petroleum Ltd Conference Centre, Ground Floor Engen Court, Thibault Square, Corner of Riebeeck and Long Street, CAPE TOWN

Register / RSVP: Please click here for the online form to register.

Registration to be done by Friday, 14 June 2013 for catering purposes

More info: Please e-mail or call Virosha at the SANEA Secretariat:

E-mail: sanea@turnergroup.co.za / Tel: (031) 368-8000

“Do the Maths” screening.

Things are hotting up: A week ago, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million – last experienced several million years ago.

Rather ironically, Bill McKibben of 350.org today launched a short film – Doing the Math – which charts the organisation’s ’endgame’ strategy to stop the reckless behaviour of the fossil fuel industry. More information about the movie at math.350.org

Join us for a screening of this inspiring film (45min long) and we hope you will stay afterwards for 45 min or so to brainstorm taking-action ideas.

When: Wed, 29 May
Time: 18:15 (doors open from 17:45)
Where: Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Cape Town
Cost: R10 – R20 at the door (depending on numbers) to cover costs.
Note: no drinks will be served in case you want to bring your own

As Van Jones says in the film “This is the last minute in the last quarter of the biggest, most important game humanity has ever played…

Are you going to play?

Please RSVP