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and mobilise for a just energy and mining future in South Africa

 

We are calling on South Africans to host or join events across all nine provinces as we call on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to stop blocking a socially, economically and environmentally just energy and mining future.

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Why

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is blocking the flow of energy into our democracy. They are ignoring the voices of those most impacted by energy planning decisions, leaving many without access to basic electricity and approving polluting projects while our just transition to renewable energy languishes on Mantashe’s desk. Climate justice and our shared energy future demand action.

 

When

Week of 22nd September 2021

In line with Global Climate Strikes, actions will happen in the same week with most events on 22nd September.
22nd September

8:30am – Speakers Corner, Durban

10am – Burgers Park, Pretoria

11am – DMRE offices, Polokwane

11am – Saveways Crescent Centre, Emalahleni

11am – DMRE offices, Klerksdorp

11am – Fateng Tse Ntsho, Free State

11am – Lutateni Location, Eastern Cape

11am – DMRE office, Gqeberha

23rd September

11am – DMRE offices, Welkom

24th September

11am – Parliament, Cape Town

25 September

8am – Mtunzini Beach, KZN

27th September

11am – Springbok, Northern Cape

11am – Saldanah Harbour, Western Cape

11am – Small Holdings drilling site, Beaufort West

RSVP to an event on the map below. If there isn’t one, start your own.

How

  1. Look for an event near you on the map below and RSVP to it.
  2. If there’s no event in your area, you can start your own.
  3. Get all your friends and family to join you! Share on WhatsApp | Facebook | Twitter
  4. If your organisation wants to publicly support the mobilisation, sign up here.
  5. Don’t see an event in your area and not sure if you’re ready to host one? Let us know, we’d love to help.

Where

Mobilisations, demonstrations and protests will be hosted by organisations across the country. You can find an event near you here:

Demands

We are facing interconnected social, economic and ecological crises, which require us to transform our archaic and harmful energy and mining sector to ensure a more socially, economically and ecologically just future. We need transformative action now, which we are demanding. We summarise our demands with the following bullet points:

  1. The leadership and structure of the DMRE must be transformed to fulfil a mandate for an inclusive socially, economically, and ecologically just energy and mining future. Mantashe must step aside to allow new progressive leadership. 
  2. A rapid and just transition to a more socially owned, renewable energy powered economy, providing clean, safe, and affordable energy for all, with no worker and community left behind in the transition
  3. No to new polluting, corrupt and expensive coal, oil, and gas projects, officials within the department to be investigated arround irregular deals. Reject the corrupt, costly and unnecessary powership program. We demand One Million Climate Jobs instead. 
  4. Communities must have the right to say no to mining projects, that includes free, prior informed consent, the upholding of social labour plans, and the right to sustainable alternative modes of development. 
  5. Minister Mantashe and the DMRE must stop blocking and inhibiting Eskom’s transition to renewables. We need a Green New Eskom driving a just transition to a more socially owned, renewable energy future.

Click here for the list of full demands.

Who

This mobilisation is a collaborative effort by:
African Climate Alliance (ACA), Alternative Information Development Centre (AIDC), Climate Justice Coalition (CJC), Collective Movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA), Green Connection, Greenpeace Africa, Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA), Newcastle Environmental Justice Alliance (NEJA), Project90 by 2030, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), the South African Green Revolutionary Council, United Front, Women Affected by Mining United in Action (WAMUA) and 350Africa.org.

Latest updates

Wanted: A real emergency energy plan – yesterday

Load shedding will get even worse unless we implement an emergency plan to roll out renewable energy and storage and appoint a new energy minister capable of delivering. By Alex Lenferna and Cleopatra Shezia

Climate Justice Coalition calls for Mantashe to step down

The Coalition says it views Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe as the biggest obstacle to a just climate, energy, and mining future. Activists have in the past accused Mantashe of being pro-coal. By Brenton Geach

‘Dead bodies’ raise awareness of the DRME’s continued support for fossil fuels

Cape Town – Ahead of the global climate strike organised by the Climate Justice Coalition (CJC) this week, a demonstration was held on Wednesday outside the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) Cape Town offices where employees and passers-by came face-to-face with what appeared to be a gruesome crime scene with dead bodies laying in front.

SABC News: Calls for Energy Department to scrap plans to build new coal-fired power plants

The Department of Minerals and Energy has been given until the 8th of October to respond to demands by the Climate Justice Coalition to scrap plans to build new coal-fired power plants. And to rather use clean, safe, affordable renewable energy. This will help fast-track Eskom’s transition to renewable. They are also demanding answers to Nersa’s approval of three-generation licences for floating power ship provider Karpowership and for government officials of the department to be investigated for irregular deals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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