Publications

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 

Reusables can be used safely: Over 125 health experts fire back at the plastic industry

June 2020

While the world is rightly preoccupied with tackling COVID-19, oil companies are pushing to produce more single-use plastic than ever before. So what do we need to know about plastic…

Over 100 Health Experts Approve Safety of Reusables During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2020

Nairobi/Johannesburg, 22 June 2020 – Over 100 health experts from eighteen countries, several of them from Africa signed onto a statement today assuring retailers and consumers that reusables are safe…

Greenpeace Africa concerned over PPE pollution

June 2020

Durban, 03 June 2020 – The need for masks, latex gloves, and other single-use PPEs to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has increased but they are not being properly disposed of. 

Greenpeace Launches The Story of Plastic Documentary; Calls for A Total Ban on Single-Use Plastics

June 2020

Johannesburg, 2 June 2020 – This World Environment Day, Greenpeace Africa will be screening The Story of Plastic, a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg. This documentary exposes…

Greenpeace Africa disgusted by Dr Khumalo's comments on radio amid pandemic

April 2020

02 April 2020, Johannesburg — This morning, South Africa’s National Air Quality Officer (NAQO), Dr Thuli Khumalo, appeared on SAFM to discuss the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ last-minute…

SA government gazettes approval for air pollution increases

March 2020

Johannesburg, 28 March 2020 — Barbara Creecy, Minister of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries this week gazetted the doubling of the minimum emissions standards for Sulphur Dioxide (SO2),…

A letter to the COVID 19

March 2020

Dear Coronavirus I was on a plane to Durban a few weeks ago to see Durban Greenpeace Africa Volunteers for our usual meetings and planning of activities. A lady sneezed…

Water is central to our humanity - Greenpeace Africa

March 2020

22 March 2020, Johannesburg — This World Water Day, the nexus of coal, water security, and air pollution is at the centre of the discussion for Greenpeace Africa. South Africa’s…

Ramaphosa waking up to the future: Greenpeace Africa

March 2020

04 March 2020, Johannesburg — On Tuesday, Ramaphosa expressed interest to the media in the idea of selling off Eskom’s ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations. In response, Happy Khambule,…

Anti-air pollution activists released without charge pending further investigation

February 2020

Centurion, 17 February, 2020 – Ten anti-air pollution activists have been released on bail by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after being held overnight at the Sunnyside Police Station. The activists…

UPDATE: Arrested Greenpeace Africa activists to appear at Pretoria Magistrate's Court

February 2020

Pretoria, 17 Feb 2020 – Ten Greenpeace Africa activists are waiting to appear this morning at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The team of activists were arrested yesterday afternoon after running…

Greenpeace Africa activists demand Clean Air Now at international T20 cricket match

February 2020

Centurion, 16 February 2020 — This afternoon, at least six Greenpeace Africa activists wearing superhero costumes leapt onto the SuperSport Park cricket field during the international T20 match between England…

SONA a lightbulb moment for Ramaphosa

February 2020

Johannesburg, 13 February 2020 — In response to the President’s State of the Nation address, Greenpeace Africa’s Political Advisor, Happy Khambule, has said: “Greenpeace Africa welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement…

Air pollution from fossil fuels costs the world R120 billion every day: Greenpeace

February 2020

Johannesburg, 12 February 2020 – Air pollution from burning fossil fuels – primarily coal, oil, and gas – is attributed to an estimated 4.5 million deaths each year worldwide and…

Greenpeace Africa calls on new Chair of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to make 2020 the year of pan-African climate action

February 2020

Johannesburg, 10 February 2020 – Upon commencing his year-long tenure as chair of the African Union, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa must seize the opportunity to unify the continent on…

Koeberg nearing capacity: government playing with fire

November 2019

26 November 2019, Johannesburg — Responding to media reports that Koeberg’s onsite spent fuel storage capacity is 90% full and will be completely full by April 2020, Melita Steele, Greenpeace…

SA nuclear liability amounts TRIPLED following Greenpeace legal action FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2019

Johannesburg, 24 October 2019 — South Africa’s inadequate nuclear liability regulations[1] have finally been updated and gazetted[2] by Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe. This news comes after…

Environmental justice organisations condemn SA’s plans for more coal electricity

October 2019

In the wake of a new bout of load-shedding, the long-overdue Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) was finally published for implementation today – following nearly a year of deliberations,…

It's a monster, a plastic monster!

September 2019

A shoal of surreal, plastic-pollution monsters seized Nelson Mandela University (NMU) campus on 28 August. The anti-plastic-pollution performance was born out of a desire to raise awareness about the plastic…

Greenpeace Africa Documentary Shines Light on the Stolen Heritage of Western Cape Fishing Communities

September 2019

Cape Town, 24 September 2019. This Heritage Day, Greenpeace Africa shared a teaser for an upcoming documentary it produced to amplify the voices of small-scale fishers in the Western Cape.…

Arctic Sunrise set to liven up the ocean around Cape Town. 19, 20 October - V&A Waterfront

September 2019

Something big is coming… all the way from the Arctic to the blue shores of South Africa. An adventure from the north pole to the south pole – a quest…

Greenpeace responds to Eskom’s claims of loadshedding if it complies with air quality legislation

September 2019

Johannesburg, 5 September, 2019 — Responding to statements made to the media by Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, where he warned that blackouts might be an outcome of complying…

Anti-pollution activists block entrance to Eskom headquarters with emergency "hospital" scene

August 2019

Johannesburg, 20 August 2019 — Anti-pollution activists from Greenpeace Africa have completely blocked the entrance to Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters with a makeshift emergency hospital scene to highlight the premature…

The Airpocalypse explained

August 2019

It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa has toxic, filthy air. This is particularly true in the Highveld, Vaal and Waterberg, where the Department of Environment, Forestry and…

Mpumalanga SO2 pollution as bad as NO2, new study finds

August 2019

Johannesburg, 19 August 2019 – NASA satellites have found the Kriel area in Mpumalanga to be a global hotspot for deadly sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. A new study commissioned by…

The plastic tragedy demands an end to single-use plastic products

July 2019

The April floods in KwaZulu Natal caused the unnecessary loss of over 70 lives. It was a tragic moment for the province, and the country, as we mourned lost family…

The airpocalypse in the room: Greenpeace Africa responds to budget vote speeches

July 2019

11 July 2019, Johannesburg — Today, Minister Gwede Mantashe delivered his budget vote speech for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and Minister Barbara Creecy delivered her budget vote…

Ramaphosa leaves South Africans in the dark about how much more Eskom will cost

June 2019

19 June 2019, Johannesburg — It was widely anticipated that President Cyril Ramaphosa would announce further governmental support for ailing power utility, Eskom, at the President’s State of the Nation…

Greenpeace Africa presents roadmap for a stumbling Eskom

June 2019

Johannesburg, 11 June 2019 — As Eskom’s debt approaches a staggering R500bn and South Africa’s economy contracts, the urgency of a business model revamp for the utility could not be…

Greenpeace Africa calls on new cabinet to light the way to a better future

May 2019

Johannesburg, 30 May 2019: Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet announcement late last night, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Political Advisor, Happy Khambule has said: “Greenpeace Africa takes this opportunity to congratulate…