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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,... 

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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... 

Reflections on global conventions in a postliberal order

By: Saliem Fakir     18th January 2019 I was in Sharm-El Shaik, Egypt, in November at a gathering of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Conference of the Parties (COP).... 

Africa’s infrastructure and recent climate report

By: Saliem Fakir     30th November 2018 It was my first attendance at the yearly Africa Infrastructure conference, held in Sandton this year on October 9 and 10. Infrastructure has always... 

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     19th October 2018 In his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy.... 

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