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Can AfCFTA help stimulate Africa’s industrialisation?

By: Saliem Fakir     1st November 2019 The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was signed last year by the majority of the countries in Africa to create a common market and... 

Why SA should not install new nuclear capacity

By: Saliem Fakir     11th October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has reopened the debate on whether or not South Africa requires nuclear power or not. He has... 

How science has lost its touch

By: Saliem Fakir     30th August 2019 These days, feelings matter more than facts, despite Hans Roslings’ plea for 'factfulness'. It is not the reasonableness of the argument or... 

More From Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future

Climate change and the future of food production in Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd August 2019 The International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) is the highest scientific body on climate change  that provides perhaps the best scientific... 

Acclimatising physical infrastructure to extreme weather events

By: Saliem Fakir     21st June 2019 Acclimatising conventional infrastructure to extreme weather Climate change and extreme weather patterns are already a factor in infrastructure and... 

Conservation as cost

By: Saliem Fakir     7th June 2019 The conservation movement has been around for a long time. In its modern version, it can be traced to the curiosity of early explorers like Darwin,... 

Independent power producers and Weet-Bix

By: Saliem Fakir     19th April 2019 There is a vociferous attack on independent power producers (IPPs) and renewables in South Africa, despite the energy crisis that the country is... 

Reflection on proposed splitting of Eskom

By: Saliem Fakir     15th March 2019 The mere mention of the splitting of State-owned  electricity utility Eskom into three parts invikes the conclusion that it is a Trojan horse for... 

Building sustainable economies through good governance of extractives industry

By: Saliem Fakir     1st March 2019 A pertinent question remains unanswered: Can mining economies lead to sustainable economies? This is an appropriate question to ask in the context... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an... 

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