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groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste. groundWork is the South African member of Health Care Without Harm and Friends of the Earth International.


Cost of health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans

16 May 2017 - The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign, together with Greenpeace Africa, welcome the rigorous research undertaken by the energy unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). This research has been described as a “comprehensive alternative” to the draft Integrated Resource Plan Base Case (IRP) published for comment by the Department of Energy (DoE) in November 2016.

Two scenarios are developed by the CSIR team for their alternative IRP, calculated on the basis of “least cost” and “decarbonised”.  Both scenarios result in an energy plan that favours renewable energy, supplemented by storage and gas – with no new coal or nuclear plants.

These outcomes confirm the position of the Life After Coal campaign and Greenpeace Africa that there should be no new investment in coal-fired power plants, and that a just transition to renewable energy should be prioritised.

Read the full media advisory here.

groundWork releases its "Battle Map"

groundWork's Battle Map  

12 May 2017 - groundWork today released its new "Battle Map". This resource allows you to see the campaigns and issues in which we are involved, and where they are taking place.

You can see the map by clicking here.

CER to resist attempts by Australian mining company to intimidate attorneys and activists

05 May 2017 - A subsidiary of Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Limited (MRC), known for its controversial attempts to mine mineral sands at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, has sued two Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) attorneys for defamation, claiming R500 000 in damages.

Strategic lawsuits against public participation, popularly known as "SLAPP" suits, are intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defence until they abandon their criticism or opposition. They are also aimed at sending a message to all activists that resisting that company, and others like it, poses personal risk. SLAPP suits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions around the world on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.

Read the full CER media advisory here.

Power to the wastepickers

26 April 2017 - Pickers gather recyclable materials from rubbish discarded by others. It is a difficult and risky job but an important one. Yet they also suffer discrimination .....

Read the full article from the Mercury here.

The asbestos industry is deliberately misleading the public - Petition to the South African government to support the proposal by 12 African countries to amend the Rotterdam Convention at COP8.

Pietermaritzburg, 24 April 2017 - The Rotterdam Convention was specifically created to address the double standard whereby hazardous chemicals and pesticides ....

Read the full memorandum, from civil society organisations and individuals to the Acting Director General, Mr Kgabo Mahoai, Department of International Relations and Cooperation here.

Durban air quality shock

18 April 2017 - Ethekwini residents are in danger of breathing toxic fumes, contracting deadly illnesses and being unable to sue because air quality in the city is .....

Read the full article from the Mercury here.

Statement by groundWork on the political crisis and the environment

11 April 2017 - We, at groundWork, support the growing call for President Jacob Zuma to stand down but recognise that he will not do so unless forced.

Read the full statement here.

A Malodorous Mess

10 April 2017 - Environmentalists are worried the toxic stench emitting from a controversial landfill will simply be transplanted to another community, just moving ....

Read the full article from The Times (KZN edition) here.

High cost of polluting foul air from Eskom's coal-fired power stations

8 April 2017 - A total of R33 billion a year. That's the staggering monetised cost of death and disease each year from air pollution emitted by Eskom's fleet ....

Read the full Saturday Star article here.

Read the full Saturday Weekend Argus (First Edition) article here.

Mines left to pollute the soil

07 April 2017 - Both the industry and officials are responsible for continuing damage to the environment and for huge, unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions.

Read the full Mail & Guardian article here.


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