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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Confronting Kusile: An Activist's View

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | November 7, 2011

This morning i'm writing from the top a 110m high crane inside the construction plant of Eskom's next collosal coal-fired power station, Kusile. I'm here with five other climbers to highlight the true cost of coal power in South...

Greenpeace Confronts Eskom

Feature story | November 7, 2011 at 7:04

Greenpeace activists today 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...

Eskom’s public response to the True Cost of Coal report

Blog entry by Melita Steele | November 7, 2011

South Africa has a coal addiction. But just because something is a habit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t quit. It didn’t take Eskom long to respond to the staggering results of our recent report “The True Cost of Coal in South Africa:...

What Coal Costs The Citizens Of South Africa

Blog entry by Monica Davies | October 31, 2011

Our new ground-breaking report, The True Cost Of Coal  reveals what South Africa's addiction to coal is really costing the country. But beneath all the alarming stats and figures, there is a very real human picture of how coal is...

Coal Addiction: How Kusile could cripple the country

Blog entry by Mike Baillie | October 27, 2011

You’ll often hear that renewable energy is a nice idea, but it’s simply too expensive to be a realistic option. The choice between burning coal and switching to renewable energy is said to be a simple cost calculation – one that coal...

The True Cost of Coal

Feature story | October 26, 2011 at 12:20

Catastrophic climate change and uncontrollable debt are burdens South Africans will have to bear for their government’s addiction to coal. On top of the escalating construction costs for Kusile, the monstrous coal-fired power plant, the country...

Kusile Power Plant: The Waking Giant

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | October 21, 2011

The science is clear: burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the front lines. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter – and the 12th largest in the world – South Africa has a lot to answer for in terms...

Talking with Eskom about Our Advanced Energy [R]evolution

Blog entry by Melita Steele | August 19, 2011

In June this year, we unloaded five tons of coal on Eskom’s doorstep . We did this to highlight the fact that coal kills, and to publicly demand that Eskom clean up its act by stopping the construction of Kusile coal-fired power...

Now more than ever

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | June 29, 2011

Following our action on Monday, I came across this very compelling video, and it really made me feel good about taking a stand. The importance and urgency of South Africa taking meaningful action on climate change really can't be...

The Ball is in Eskom's Court

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | June 28, 2011

When we went to Eskom headquarters yesterday , what we wanted to do was highlight the fact that coal kills, and call on Eskom to stop construction on Kusile and start investing in renewable energy instead. Until they change course,...

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