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South Africa Makes a Strong Commitment to the Future of Nuclear Energy
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South Africa Makes a Strong Commitment to the Future of Nuclear Energy

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Andrew John Hall Presently, South Africa has one nuclear power plant in Koeberg, Western Cape. The plant has two pressurised water reactors that generate 5% (1860 MW (e) capacity) of the country’s electricity and began operating in 1984; the plant is expected to continue...

The Conflicting Goals of Reducing Poverty and Reducing Carbon Emissions at the Same Time in South Africa
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The Conflicting Goals of Reducing Poverty and Reducing Carbon Emissions at the Same Time in South Africa

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Andrew John Hall South Africa is already considered to be living on the edge, in terms of climate. Much of the country is arid or semi-arid and the whole country is subject to recurring droughts and floods. South Africa is faced with a difficult...

The City of Cape Town VS Climate Change
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The City of Cape Town VS Climate Change

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Andrew John HallThe City of Cape Town (CoCt), located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, sets the standard for climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies; not only for South Africa, but for the African continent as a whole.  As a result of...

Best Climate Practice South Africa: SouthSouthNorth
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Best Climate Practice South Africa: SouthSouthNorth

By Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Andrew HallBased in Salt River, Cape Town, SouthSouthNorth (SSN) is an NGO that supports regional and national climate change responses by means of policy and knowledge interventions, partnerships, and deep collaborations. SSN carries this out by connecting people and information, increasing capability and mobilising resources to innovatively respond...

South Africa’s Establishment of a Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission
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South Africa’s Establishment of a Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission

The cabinet of South Africa has approved the establishment of the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission on the 9th of September 2020. Its mandate is to  coordinate the implementation of  South Africa’s Low Emissions Development Strategy, and the revised National Waste Management Strategy 2020. The Commission also will coordinate the just transition to a low...

Spotlight Activity: The African Climate and Development Initiative and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
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Spotlight Activity: The African Climate and Development Initiative and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

In South Africa, there are numerous environmental organisations that work to minimise the impacts of climate change and strengthen South Africa’s biodiversity. These organisations are involved in different conservation and research projects that aim to reduce the degradation of the natural environment,  protect vulnerable communities and ecosystems and influence the decision making for the future...

South Africa Lacks the Research Needed to Support the Growth of Green Jobs
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South Africa Lacks the Research Needed to Support the Growth of Green Jobs

South Africa does not report green jobs independently in any of its major surveys or statistics of employment, nor does it report the growth of green industries. There is not an official agreed definition of green jobs, either. However, there have been significant efforts from different organizations to measure the role of the green economy...

Rural Dwellers, Already Prone to Geopolitical and Economic Marginalization, are Predominantly Affected by Climate Change in South Africa
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Rural Dwellers, Already Prone to Geopolitical and Economic Marginalization, are Predominantly Affected by Climate Change in South Africa

South Africa is ranked as the second most inequitable country in the world. South Africa’s vulnerability to climate change is exacerbated by the economic inequality, poverty, and our current dependency on coal-fired power generation. The ability to adapt to climate change may be characterised by the same inequalities that have become the fault lines of...

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