Confronting Kusile

Greenpeace activists have dropped a banner from a crane inside the construction grounds of ESKOM’s latest colossal coal-fired power plant, Kusile - reading ‘Kusile: climate killer’. 

At the same time, other activists have locked themselves to gates at the plant’s front entrance - protesting with banners saying ‘green jobs now’ and ‘no future in coal’ – calling on ESKOM, the utility company, to stop its coal addiction and instead invest in renewable energy projects in South Africa. 

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Click to enlarge: An aerial view of the Kusile plant under construction.

 

 

 

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Activists remain in detention after peaceful Eskom protest

Feature story | October 23, 2012 at 20:37

Today, Greenpeace Africa, groundWork and Earthlife Africa took action against Eskom's reckless coal expansion at the utility's headquarters in Johannesburg. 14 activists were placed in police custody after the peaceful protest and taken to...

Eskom has failed South Africans: it's time for new management

Feature story | October 23, 2012 at 11:00

Today, we joined forces with two other environmental organisation - Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and groundWork, to put South Africa’s energy utility, Eskom, under new management.

Infographic: How Eskom is crippling our water

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | October 17, 2012

Coal-fired electricity is a major threat to South Africa’s already stressed water resources – and Eskom’s new mega coal plants are set to make matters even worse. Luckily there are reliable alternatives to coal power, ways of...

Eskom is burning South Africa’s water to produce electricity

Blog entry by Melita Steele | October 17, 2012

Water is the foundation of life: we’re unable to survive without it. But the problem is that water is scarce, and this country is running out of it. More than 98% of South Africa’s water has already been allocated, and this country...

Eskom Set to Accelerate Water Crisis

Feature story | October 16, 2012 at 21:19

Coal-fired electricity is a major threat to South Africa’s already stressed water resources – and Eskom’s new mega coal plants are set to make matters even worse, further compromising water access for the poor. Currently almost a million South...

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Blog entry by Melita Steele | June 25, 2012

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Blog entry by Ruth Mhlanga | June 5, 2012

Today is international World Environment Day, and what better way to celebrate than with the launch of an updated strategy for powering the planet with clean, reliable, renewable energy! The latest version of Greenpeace’s Energy...

Government continues to back Eskom’s investments in coal

Blog entry by Melita Steele | May 17, 2012

It was announced yesterday that Eskom's funding plan to 2017 had been approved. The utility company will spend R201.6 billion over the coming period, with R65 billlion budgeted for this year.    Part of the funding plan includes a...

A look at the coal plants behind the iCloud

Blog entry by Iris Cheng, Greenpeace International | May 8, 2012

How does Apple’s $1billion iDataCenter in Maiden, North Carolina draw its power? Apple is sending millions of dollars a year to Duke Energy , one of the few utilities in the US that is still building coal plants.   By making a...

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Blog entry by Monica Davies | May 5, 2012

Have you ever had this sort of exchange with someone of an older generation? You: “I’ve got 90 CDs’ worth of music on my iPod.” Older Person: “But where are the CDs all stored?” You: “They’re nowhere, they’re just… inside...

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