An open letter to solar companies: beware alliance with the gas industry

  Oil and gas companies are professing that the natural gas and solar industries should be partners, working together supposedly to mutual benefit. It is a strategy that should be avoided by all solar companies able to do so, in other words, those which are not owned by oil and gas companies, as long as […]

Special report: Murder on SA’s Wild Coast escalates conflict over water, land, mining

Opposition leader assassinated in one of world’s dangerous clashes over industrial development. Credit: This article is published with permission from Circle of Blue, the news and science centre that reports on the competition between water, food, and energy globally.  On 22 March 2016, assassins murdered Sikhosiphi Rhadebe, the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee. For ten years […]

Safety last, and no power to the people…

  The general public is regularly encouraged to report illegal electricity connections, and while some may choose to turn a blind eye and let the poor steal what government has not yet provided, other citizens do what they are asked to do and call the designated municipal and Eskom hotlines. In a growing city such […]