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…
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!
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9:25 – 9:30
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
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
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