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The Just Energy Transition Transaction in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     21st January 2022 Sometimes the ‘impossible’ seems far-fetched and unrealistic, but it can be on the cusp of happening, even if it still has some journey to cover.... 

Some takeaways from COP26

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd December 2021 We are in what we may call slow burn and incremental shock of climate vulnerability – recent events tell a story of increased frequency of extreme... 

New economic frontier for climate change action

By: Saliem Fakir     26th November 2021 Last year, marked a tectonic shift in the climate change arena, and this was spurred on by the recognition by the European Union (EU) that no... 

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Organising for climate change: the ‘two cultures’ problem

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd October 2021 Ulrich Beck wrote: “One can possess wealth but one can be afflicted by risks; they are, so to speak, ascribed by civilisation . . . Risk society is... 

The need for grit – industrialism in Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     10th September 2021 Extractive industries offer no long-term solution for countries that continue to rely on their natural resources as levers for an economic boost;... 

Of insurrection, malls and hunger

By: Saliem Fakir     27th August 2021 We have been made to believe the narrative that things were under control When, in July, looting and rioting broke out in KwaZulu-Natal and parts... 

Intersectional issues in renewables: the race debate in the energy sector

By: Saliem Fakir     16th July 2021 We must guard against the idea that green means socially responsible and equitable. Green and optimum social outcomes are not synonymous;... 

The private versus the public: living within the hierarchical system

By: Saliem Fakir     18th June 2021 Societies that are most vulnerable to economic piracy need countervailing forces to protect them from those who deliberately pursue actions... 

Gas-exporting countries in Africa and the problem of a displacement equivalent

By: Saliem Fakir     14th May 2021 The public discourse around gas is intensifying. Climate activists have now made gas – which has been touted as being better than coal and a... 

Climate finance and the political economy of finance

By: Saliem Fakir     9th April 2021 In his book, Feline Philosophy, which is about what cats can teach humans, John Gray points us to a few lessons. One of these is pertinent to what... 

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