Publications

Everything you should know about single-use plastic

July 2021

Single-use plastic is a massive issue that still isn’t being taken seriously

Plastic Industry’s Interference in African Governance Must Stop Now

July 2021

The latest scandal involving leaked documents exposing the South African government’s intent to oppose a proposed global treaty of plastic bans is just the most recent example of how the…

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS DEMANDS DFFE PUBLICLY COMMIT TO GLOBAL PLASTICS TREATY

June 2021

Greenpeace Africa and its #BreakFreeFromPlastic partners have launched a campaign urging the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to reconsider its stance on a new global plastics treaty…

Greenpeace Outraged by News that South Africa Won’t Support Global Plastic Ban Treaty

June 2021

A Mail & Guardian exposé revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to leaked documents…

Joint Statement: Right2Know and Greenpeace Africa approach the State Capture Commission about spying abuses!

June 2021

This week, Right2Know and Greenpeace Africa have approached the State Capture Commission of Enquiry to request access to documentation regarding abuses by the State Security Agency.

President Ramaphosa eases restrictions on renewable energy

June 2021

Today, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced amendments to Schedule Two of the Electricity Regulation Act that will allow South African businesses to self-generate 100MW of electricity.

SSA supports Sasol to drive climate change: Greenpeace Africa

May 2021

This morning, news reports emerged that the State Security Agency (SSA) will lend itself to companies such as MTN and Sasol as they expand their business. In response, Greenpeace Africa…

Karpowership deal reeks of state capture

May 2021

The Department of Energy and Mineral Resources (DEMR) announced Karpowership as one of the eight preferred bidders for the procurement of emergency electricity for bid-window five. Karpowership, a Turkish Karadeniz…

The Department of Environment, Forest, Fisheries (DEFF) needs to look no further than itself for the source of the sulphur dioxide stench.

May 2021

The foul stench experienced by Gauteng residents in February 2021 is not a new occurrence, and it most certainly will not be the last. Minister Barbara Creecy has ensured that.

One Man’s Journey to Save the Okavango

May 2021

The Okavango Basin is an endorheic basin that covers an area of over 2.5 million km2 across Namibia, Angola and Botswana. The basin, which includes the Okavango Delta, is one…

Break Free From Plastic Disappointed by Final Extended Producer Responsibility Amendments

May 2021

This morning, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) released the finalised amendments to the Extended Producer Responsibility regulations, in which recycling schemes were prioritised despite their poor track…

Greenpeace Africa reacts to the Biden Leaders Summit on Climate

April 2021

With the US President Joe Biden’s ‘Leaders Summit’ underway and five African Presidents at the table, Greenpeace Africa is highlighting what leaders in Africa and around the world need to…

Department of Environment Responds to Public Demands on Plastic

April 2021

Johannesburg, 20 April 2021 – The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has assured South Africans that safeguarding our health through environmental protection remains their top mandate. The commitment was…

An Economy in Decline: Exploring the role of Renewable Energy to reverse youth unemployment

April 2021

To effectively achieve equitable turn-around of the economy, the government needs to prioritise absorption of the youth in the workforce by scaling up infrastructure projects that create employment in urban…

Fridays for Future: ReconAfrica’s Kavango oil and gas play is ‘carbon bomb’ with projected 1/6 of world’s remaining CO2 budget

March 2021

Fridays For Future Windhoek revealed that the oil and gas ‘play’ of Canadian ReconAfrica in the Kavango region of Namibia and Botswana risks destroying global attempts

Video: Greenpeace Plastic Lead exposes plastic plight of his community

March 2021

Award-winning activist and documentarian Angelo Louw welcomed the world to his childhood neighbourhood in an online video, where he spoke about the impact of plastic pollution and the critical role…

Greenpeace Africa Responds to Minister Gwede Mantashe's announcement of Bid-window 5

March 2021

18 March 2021, Johannesburg — In response to Minister Gwede Mantashe’s media briefing on the statue of the energy sector, Greenpeace Africa’s Climate and Energy Campaigner Thandile Chinyavanhu has said:

HANDS OFF WOMEN AT THE FRONTLINE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM

March 2021

Extractive industries, which favour men in employment, have long been linked to the systemic economic disenfranchisement of women - and an increased reliance on men. The exacerbating power dynamic is…

Greenpeace Africa responds to reports of violence against Student protestors

March 2021

With non-violence at the core of our value system, Greenpeace Africa is disheartened by the violence displayed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) against student protesters in Braamfontein.

Greenpeace Africa Responds to DEFF R2.9bn Irregular Expenditure

February 2021

23 February 2021, Johannesburg — In response to the Auditor General’s report revealing irregular and wasteful expenditure by the Department of Environment, Forest and Fisheries (DEFF), to the tune of…

Greenpeace Africa responds to worsening Gauteng air quality

February 2021

Air pollution in South Africa has reached dangerously unhealthy levels. Twice in the last week residents across several communities in Johannesburg and Pretoria were exposed to high levels of Sulphur…

Greenpeace Africa calls for full disclosure around state spying

February 2021

Responding to a reading by Advocate Pretorius at today’s State Capture Enquiry.

Ramaphosa must not "mess up" Just Transition: SONA

February 2021

In response to President Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening, Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi has said:

Making room for Co-creation in 2021

February 2021

Global climate strike in Johannesburg, South Africa. Across the globe, millions of people have taken to the streets to demand action on climate.

Greenpeace Africa condemns Creecy’s misinformation campaign

February 2021

Johannesburg, 2 February 2021 —  In response to the lawsuit filed against her by environmental NGOs groundWork and the Vukani Environmental Justice Movement, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF)…

Outbreaks of waterborne diseases due to cyclones

January 2021

Eloise is the third major cyclone to hit Southern Africa since 2019, causing displacement, destruction of homes, schools, crops and vital infrastructure in Mozambique, as well as Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Botswana

“Thoughts and prayers alone won’t suffice”: Greenpeace Africa calls for coordinated climate action following cyclone Eloise

January 2021

President Filipe Nyusi is set to embark on a trip to areas affected by Cyclone Eloise, as damages are being assessed in Mozambique and neighboring countries, after it struck three…

Greenpeace Africa responds to Ramaphosa's Davos address

January 2021

26 January 2021, Johannesburg — Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda this morning, Greenpeace Africa’s Climate and Energy Campaign Manager Happy Khambule has…

Netflix heartthrob ‘bares all’ for Greenpeace anti-plastic campaign

December 2020

Greenpeace Africa has partnered with local actor and Netflix newcomer Ryle De Morny in a cheeky Instagram takeover to expose the true extent of the plastic industry's exploits. The aim…

Where there's smoke

December 2020

eMbalenhle township, settled in the coalfields of Mpumalanga province. These are the people over whom Sasol has always chosen its profits. These are their stories.

Barbara Creecy’s big announcement better late than never: Greenpeace Africa

December 2020

30 November 2020, Johannesburg -- The Department of Environment, Forest and Fisheries’ (DEFF) announced Monday to pursue criminal prosecution against Eskom for non-compliance with air pollution standards and supplying false…

SOUTH AFRICA'S SO2 EMISSIONS DROP IN 2019, NO THANKS TO GOVERNMENT

November 2020

Johannesburg, 23 November 2020 — South Africa saw a sharp decrease in Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emissions in 2019, bringing the country’s emissions to their lowest level on record, according to…

Extreme weather: Durban... Easter 2019

November 2020

Living in Durban has its advantages, golden beaches, good all-year weather and we always seem to be on holiday to the rest of South Africa

Nurdle Hurdle: The Department of Environment Needs to Take Bold Action and Ban Single-Use Plastic

November 2020

Responding to reports that plastic nurdles are washing up in the Southern Cape and on Cape Town beaches, Greenpeace Africa Plastic Campaign Lead Angelo Louw has said

DMRE must prioritise energy democracy, renewable energy

October 2020

This morning, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) Minister Gwede Mantashe gazetted amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity.

Sasol's pockets swell while SA's air quality suffers

October 2020

Sasol, South Africa's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, received a R6.5 billion boost in profits last year as a result of their exemption from carbon tax

What we learn about power from a decade of climate change

October 2020

Climate change affects all of us, although in different ways. Where do we find the power to tackle one of the planet's greatest existential threats? Not in policy, but in…

Global SO2 emissions drop in 2019 - Greenpeace global ranking

October 2020

JAnthropogenic sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions fell globally in 2019, reveals a new analysis of NASA satellite data by Greenpeace India and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air…

Op-ed | Small-scale fishers’ heritage is systemically gutted

September 2020

When I first visited here in my youth, the market was as vibrant as the boats docked along its piers, banter and laughter were a distraction from the fishy stench…

Volunteer Blog | Fuelling the Fire

September 2020

This period is defined by the way human activities have impacted biophysical processes which, in turn, have begun to degrade natural ecosystems and the benefits we are able to obtain…

Ban the Bag: Greenpeace Africa implores public to comment on plastic regulations

September 2020

Johannesburg, 02 September 2020 — The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has called for public comment on amendments to plastic bag regulations[1] which favour recycling, a false solution to…

Greenpeace and Secret Sunrise Dance Into #PlasticFreeSeptember

August 2020

Greenpeace Africa is collaborating with Secret Sunrise to sensitise people on the impact of plastic pollution through a language cutting across all boundaries: Dance!

Greenpeace Africa Welcomes Mozambique’s Plan to Ban Plastic Bags

August 2020

Mozambican Minister of Land and Environment Ivete Maibasse has announced plans to submit a law aiming to ban the use of plastic bags in the country as an effort to…

3 Reasons We Don't Say Climate Change Anymore

August 2020

Talking about climate change requires critical language skills. Is it really an accurate way to describe one of the planet's biggest existential threats?

Eskom court ruling kicks consumers while we're down

July 2020

This week, the high court ruled in favour of Eskom in its legal battle with the National Energy Regulator NERSA, allowing Eskom to implement further…

2 000 MW emergency power won't fix a broken system

July 2020

22 July 2020, Johannesburg — This week, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced that bid documentation for 2 000MW of emergency power would be released in the coming…

Health & the Reuse Revolution: How governments and corporations can think beyond plastic to a green and just future

July 2020

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen local and global governments, mobilise resources and public funds to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been encouraging to see the pace at which…

SUPPORT RESTAURANTS THAT CHOOSE TO REUSE

July 2020

Many of our favourite restaurants are overrun with single-use plastics. The drinks come with plastic straws, the food comes with plastic cutlery, and our leftovers are placed in styrofoam boxes…

Reusables are just as safe: The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating single-use plastic pollution

June 2020

 More than 125 health experts, including virologists, epidemiologists, emergency room doctors, and specialists in public health and food packaging safety, have signed a statement on the safety of reusables during…

3 Steps: Make a Reusable Face Mask

June 2020

Greenpeace Africa volunteer Chemitei Janet shows us how to make a cloth reusable face mask to protect ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic