South Africa’s energy minister has been exhorting African states to develop their oil and gas reserves while ignoring the historical realities, and future impacts, of doing so.
Can Ramaphosa deal with the sector that ‘made’ him?
Many of SA’s environmental and economic problems stem from dependence on the minerals-energy complex. The president, being a beneficiary of this system, might not care to effect change.
Freedom of expression at stake in judgment over mining company’s Slapp suit
Mineral Sands Resources pursues defamation cases seemingly to intimidate individuals into silence
Miners’ lives are cheap compared with rising metal prices
Before Covid-19 the mortality rate among former miners in SA was 20% higher than in the general population
St Lucia, Xolobeni and the problem of wilderness
The Xolobeni struggle and ideas of ‘Wilderness’
Education and health needs should trump coal in the budget
How to better spend the R20 billion being wasted on new coal
Mantashe needs to ask what kind of development Xolobeni wants
Xolobeni and ‘development’ – who gets to choose?
Mining Charter unclear on benefits for mining-affected communities
The Mining Charter and Mining Communities