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South Africa’s no-show at global plastic treaty meeting deeply disappointing

Government’s unwillingness to provide moral leadership ignores the potential employment opportunities in shifting away from single-use plastic

Responding to its no-show at the ministerial meeting on a proposed global plastics treaty, Greenpeace Africa (www.GreenpeaceAfrica.org), groundWork and WWF have expressed deep concerns at the unwillingness of the South African government to showcase country’s leadership and willingness to tackle plastic pollution on a global platform. As the world moves…

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Environmental Groups Demands Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) Publicly Commit to Global Plastics Treaty

Leaked documents indicate South Africa's intentions to capitalise on the plastic pollution crisis through importing plastic waste for profit

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) and its #BreakFreeFromPlastic partners have launched a campaign urging the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to reconsider its stance on a new global plastics treaty and publicly commit to its support.  Last week, the Mail & Guardian exposed (https://bit.ly/2SgQy0v) the DFFE's plan to suggest…

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Greenpeace Outraged by News that South Africa Won’t Support Global Plastic Ban Treaty

Plastic lobbyists are trying to undermine anti-plastic policies to flood African countries with plastic waste

This morning, a Mail & Guardian exposé (https://bit.ly/2SgQy0v) revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to a leaked document [1] the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is afraid that the plastic ban will make it harder for the country…

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Greenpeace Africa applauds courageous climate strikes

Africa is humbled and inspired by the thousands upon thousands of school children coming out today to demand action on the climate crisis

Today, school students engaged in an inspirational wave of activism across the world, striking for action on climate change in more than 2050 places in 123 countries across the world including South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, and even Antarctica. In response, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) has said: “As…

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Greenpeace Africa Volunteers Start Ambitious Campaign for Plastic Ban

The group is urging South Africa's political elite to recognise that the country is lagging behind in the continental battle against throwaway plastic

A group of Greenpeace Africa volunteers in Cape Town has started an ambitious campaign calling on South Africa's top political parties to adopt a ban on single-use plastics  in their election manifestos ahead of this year's presidential election.  The group is urging South Africa's political elite to recognise that the…

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Trouble brewing off South Africa’s coast

This country is blessed with some of the best renewable energy resources in the world; it’s time to back renewable energy

In response to the announcement that French oil giant Total has just made a significant oil and gas discovery 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa, Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Melita Steele, has said: “Greenpeace Africa strongly condemns Total’s reckless oil exploration off…

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Eskom cannot be given a new licence to kill

Between April 2016 and December 2017, Eskom’s seventeen coal-fired power stations reported nearly 3,200 exceedances of their daily Atmospheric Emissions Licenses limits for particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen

Yesterday, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) submitted comments to Naledzi Environmental Consultants [1] opposing Eskom's application for postponements and suspensions [2] from complying with South Africa's Minimum Emission Standards (MES). The MES, which are relatively weak [3], are designed to improve air quality in the country, but this has been significantly compromised…

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Greenpeace Africa Celebrates A Decade Of Environmental Activism

Partnering with artists, volunteers and other civil society organisations, the environmental watchdog is organising an open day to spark an environmental revolution

This November, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/) celebrates 10 years of environmental activism on the African continent. Partnering with artists, volunteers and other civil society organisations, the environmental watchdog is organising an open day to spark an environmental revolution. As part of commemorative activities in South Africa and Senegal, artwork will be…

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Republic of Congo Greenwashing Efforts Exposed at Africa Oil Week

The Republic of Congo's Environment Minister was applauded only a week ago by the FAO and UN Environment at the launch of a new International Tropical Peatland Center in Jakarta

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) blew the whistle today on the Republic of Congo's most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in the heart of newly-discovered peatlands that Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has vowed to protect. Four peatland oil blocks are already under allocation, awaiting development. Tendering…

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New satellite data reveals the world’s largest air pollution hotspot is Mpumalanga - South Africa

Mpumalanga is home to a cluster of twelve coal fired power plants with a total capacity of over 32 gigawatts owned and operated by Eskom

A groundbreaking analysis of satellite data from 1 June to 31 August this year [1] reveals the world’s largest NO2 air pollution hotspots across six continents in the most detail to date. Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) analysis of the data points to coal and transport as the two principle sources of air…