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Why I don’t aspire to be a Twitterati

By: Saliem Fakir     27th March 2020 Somebody asked me the other day if I had a Twitter accounT. I have never fancied myself as a serious fan of Twitter. I am quite cautious about... 

Securing the electricity grid from attack

By: Saliem Fakir     21st February 2020 As the intensity of global geopolitics increases in what is fast becoming a multipolar world, different risks within an energy system have to be... 

Climate crisis – there is no safe place anymore

By: Saliem Fakir     31st January 2020 There is a certain irony that, while the Paris Agreement was being debated in Madrid and going through its slow motion of nonaction towards the end... 

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The circular economy movement and its place in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     13th December 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) hosted a circular economy colloquium in partnership with the European Union from November 19 to 20.... 

Climate finance must be a mainstream economic issue

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd November 2019 If climate change is a risk to economies, then it has to be placed in the mainstream of economic mainstream, rather than on the periphery. Economic... 

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... 

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... 

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