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Observations on Africa’s climate and development nexus

By: Saliem Fakir     11th March 2022 It has always been maintained and will continue to be maintained that the route to curing the climate challenge in Africa is to define a new... 

A significant year for climate in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     11th February 2022 The year 2021 should be remembered as a turning point for climate change policy and diplomacy in South Africa. It is hard to recall a time when so... 

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.... 

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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... 

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... 

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