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The town of Ogies is nestled in the heart of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa’s coal capital. The drive from Johannesburg passed coal-fired power plants and mines takes an hour and a half with the faint twinge of smoke up your nostrils. Driving into Ogies, gusts of murky air hit you head-on. You are now engulfed by the dust from the 15 coal mines surrounding the town. You also spot the menacing construction site of the mega coal-fired power plant Kusile belonging to the national energy utility Eskom. If (or when) completed, it will transmit 4800 MW of power, making it one of the top five biggest plants in the world and the biggest in South Africa apart from its counterpart Medupi. With that instant of climate-induced depression, comes clarity on why Ogies was chosen to host the first ever energy and climate justice camp for women; it’s a perfect setting to ground the lived reality of women in dirty modern South Africa.
“We believe that we know who we are because of the land. We believe that once you have lost the land, you have lost your identity,” says community activist Nonhle Mbutuma, a founding member of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and resident of Xolobeni. “We also believe that it is our right to live in a healthy environment (...). To make all these things happen, we believe that women must be a part of decision making. There should be no discrimination in terms of gender. If we do that, we are going to build a healthy nation.”
Report commissioned by ActionAid Netherlands, Brot für die Welt, SOMO, CIDSE, Friends of the Earth Europe, ITUC, ITF, The Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment. August 2017
If you're not there, it's difficult to imagine the lives of the Zimbabwean women and children regularly sexually assaulted for protesting the mining activities at the Marange diamond fields.
“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard.” (Arundhati Roy)
CIDSE was represented by Jacques Briard, former Entraide et Fraternité project officer and member of the former CIDSE Southern Africa Working Group, at the 10th anniversary of Archbishop Denis Hurley’s death in Durban, South Africa. He reports back from South Africa with the words “DHC stands for Denis Hurley Centre or Denis’s Hopes Continuing”
Le CCFD - Terre Solidaire de par son implication en France et par ses soutiens en Afrique du Sud a été l’un des acteurs de premier plan en France dans la lutte contre l’apartheid.
MISEREOR has interviewed two partners from South Africa, Merwyn Abrahams, director of PACSA, an organisation for human rights and social justice, and Fawzia Naidoo of the organisation Thabiso Skills.
"I met Nelson Mandela at an event in Dublin in the late 1990s. During a questions and answers session with the audience, somebody asked him what Ireland and the EU could do to help Africa."