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Decolonisation of science – what is it?

By: Saliem Fakir     11th November 2016 A group of University of Cape Town students organised a panel discussion on the decolonisation of science, which is also another way of saying that... 

Why technological transitions happen

By: Saliem Fakir     14th October 2016 Sustainability theorists have generally provided broad and abstract descriptors of technoeconomic transitions, as they are focused on drivers that... 

The future is bright for renewables

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd September 2016 It is hard for people to appreciate the history of renewables if they were not there from the beginning. Renewables started way before the large... 

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Can Europe survive without Britain?

By: Saliem Fakir     5th August 2016 The European project has been long in the making, starting with the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), which involved... 

What next for environmentalism?

By: Saliem Fakir     1st July 2016 This question – What's next for environmentalism? – arose from a reflection piece (which is available on the WWF-SA website) that I wrote for the... 

Realities of modern energy planning

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd June 2016 Energy technologies involve two realities that influence the way we do our planning: certainty and uncertainty. There is certainty in tried and... 

We need to create a twenty-first century economy

By: Saliem Fakir     6th May 2016 We are in an interrugnam, as Marxists would say. We are stuck in a nineteenth- or twentieth-century-type economic model that sits in the way of... 

Do we really need nuclear programme?

8th April 2016 The debate about whether or not we need nuclear power is raging among energy experts and policymakers. Sometimes it feels like it is a done deal... 

Reconceiving South Africa’s water challenge

By: Saliem Fakir     4th March 2016 There is water and there is no water. A physical resource may be abundant but it is scarce – through waste, poor pricing, inefficient allocation or... 

Time for tough decisions as rand weakness persists

By: Saliem Fakir     5th February 2016 Many years back, the rand plummeted, reaching its lowest level against the dollar – close to R25 to the US currency. This was around 2001 and... 

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