Opposition to fracking is not leftist or anti-development

Saliem Fakir BDLive 3 July 2013.

Cape Town in August 2011. Picture: THE TIMES

SIMON Lincoln Reader has become the latest proponent of fracking. In his column on BDlive, he rails against environmentalists, bunching them all as left-leaning. His generalisations are quite a stretch.

As much as Jonathan Deal, chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group — whom Reader criticises in one of his columns — is a public spokesman for anti-fracking activists, he is not exactly what leftists would call left. He has no tradition in leftist politics and would say so himself, even if some the issues he takes up are of interest to the left…



Updates on the roll out of large-scale renewable energy in South Africa – 6 September Cape Town seminar

EGI-SA 31 August 2012.

You are invited to attend the following seminar:


Updates on the roll out of large-scale renewable energy in South Africa


Hosted by:          Million Climate Jobs Campaign & AIDC

Date:                  Thursday, 6th September 2012

Time:                  9am – 2pm

Venue:                Vineyard Hotel, Newlands (directions)


We have a great group of guest speakers – each person will have 20 minutes to speak and 20 minutes for follow up questions. And there will be a tea break, and lunch after to help us digest all the information!


Please RSVP so that proper arrangements for catering can be made.  RSVP to Thembeka: thembeka@aidc.org.za  by end of Tuesday, 4th September.




9:00 Registration
9:25 – 9:30 Welcome
9:30 – 10:15 Saliem Fakir – WWF
  • Overview of the roll out of renewables in South Africa
  • What obstacles to RE roll out have been removed; what still remain
10:15 – 11:00 Robert Fischer – Project 90 by 2030
  • Detail on what tenders have been approved in various provinces, including Western Cape
  • Water impacts of different energy technologies
11:00 -11:45 Louise Tait – Energy,Poverty & Development department, Energy Research Centre, UCT
  • Overview of the LED (local economic development) component of the RE tenders and concerns of community impact
11:45 – 12:15 Tea
12:15 – 13:00 Liz McDaid – SAFCEI/Green Connection
  • Jobs update on renewables
  • Update on electricity pricing and NERSA MYPD public hearings
13:00 – 13:45 Hilton Trollip – City of Cape Town
  • Analysis of existing IRP and developing IEP
  • Status of Free Basic Electricity roll out plus link to Free Basic Alternative Energy
13:45 – 14:00 Closing remarks