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SOME OF OUR LATEST NEWS

BUILDING ACTIVISM: GROUNDWORK'S FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SCHOOL STARTS

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 21 July 2014 – Today marks the start of groundWork's two week long Environmental Justice School, focusing on building activism through theory and praxis for those living in communities experiencing environmental injustices.

Last night, 18 students from across Southern Africa were welcomed by groundWork and from today they will be engaged on issues of development and power, environmental legislation in South Africa and campaigning in areas of energy, air, water, land and food. With mentorship from groundWork staff, by the end of the school, students are to have mapped out a course of action to use their newly acquired knowledge to become more active in their communities.

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HONEST ACCOUNTS? THE REAL CAUSES OF GLOBAL POVERTY

United Kingdom, 15 July 2014 - The UK's international aid budget is under attack from those who say that during a time of austerity, our generosity to poorer parts of the world is something we can no longer afford. This is a dishonest dialogue and reinforces in the mind of the public that Africa is a problem that costs us money. It hides the truth: that we take much more than we give.

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ESKOM’S COAL IS A KILLER, NEW STUDY FINDS

eMalahleni, Highveld, South Africa, 3 July 2014 – While Eskom awaits decisions from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on its applications for postponement (in many cases, effectively exemption) to meet minimum emission standards for its coal-fired power stations, a new study commissioned by NGO groundWork reveals that while some of the country benefits from Eskom produced electricity, it’s the health and lives of people in the Highveld that are carrying the disease burden of the energy utility’s pollution.

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MSUNDUZI MUNICIPALITY PUTS JOB CREATION PROJECT ON BACK-BURNER

Pietermartizburg, KwaZulu Natal, 17 June 2014 – Umgungundlovu District Municipality was, in 2011, awarded R21 million by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) for implementation of a waste recycling project that would create 200 permanent, sustainable jobs. Due to the local municipality not signing off on the construction of the formal recycling centre, the cooperative of waste reclaimers or pickers already working at the New England Road landfill site have been kept waiting for three years.

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UN TREATY URGENTLY NEEDED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, SAYS NEW REPORT

Geneva, Switzerland, 11 June 2014 – Defenders of the environment often face terrible consequences for their actions, suffering rights violations and violence, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth International to be released on June 26, during the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 10-27.

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FRACKING: ANOTHER CHIP AT OUR DEMOCRACY - Statement by anti-fracking coalition

Karoo, 09 February 2014 – Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu’s comments that government is going to be moving ahead “decisively” on shale gas exploration in the Karoo is in stark contrast to what people in the Karoo want. As part of their constitutional rights, they are asking for agrarian transformation; employment and decent jobs; decent levels of affordable basic services and infrastructure; and at minimum, the basic goods of human life, starting with the most basic levels of goods like nutritious food, and safe and comfortable accommodation. This is what is needed for the Karoo, not a plan for fracking that is extractive and will leave the Karoo with a toxic environmental and social legacy.

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