Who we are

We are a network of South Africans calling for investments that will help secure our human rights, a stable climate and sound finances. If you’re frustrated by governments’ failure to stop climate breakdown and asset managers leaving your investments vulnerable to a carbon bubble, then you should be asking your retirement fund, university, church, mosque or synagogue, stokvel, union, or favourite philanthropy to stop investing in climate-breaking coal, gas and oil.

Our vision

We want a stable climate, healthy children, clear air and water, a switch to wind and solar energy, green jobs, stable energy costs and energy independence, honest governance, more land for food and forests, sound investments, fewer wars and quieter cities, all of which are threatened by fossil fuels: oil, gas and coal.

SA government Covid-19 resource portal

Our campaign is at root a fundamental struggle for human rights and life. Fossil Free SA supports all efforts to end the global Covid-19 crisis as quickly as possible via science-based interventions such as physical distancing and self-isolation.

The problem we're trying to fix

Fossil fuel companies, whatever they may say, are mostly still intent on burning all their reserves of coal, gas and oil. If we let them do this, they may make our planet, Mother Earth, unliveable for a very substantial section of humanity, within a few decades. Too many governments and politicians have been corrupted by fossil fuel money. Asset managers and the financial services industry in South Africa have so far refused to change their investment models, effectively propping up the fossil fuel industry. Pension fund trustees are often too intimidated by asset managers and consultants to properly exercise their independence.

Get involved

Sign our asset manager letters

We will soon be initiating joint letters to all major asset managers calling for fossil-free investments. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated.

Get in touch

We're always keen to hear from you. If you have questions about our work, please do get in touch.

Join our community

If you support our broad aims and objectives please sign up for our mailing list. We also ask for details such as who manages your investments, so that we can target our campaigning better.

Sign our petitions

Sign our long-standing petition for the University of Cape Town to divest from fossil fuels.

Canvassing asset owners and managers

Retirement funds can help build a stronger future for all by divesting from coal, oil and gas companies to help avert climate catastrophe, air and water pollution, and corruption; investing to build the foundations of a sustainable and restorative economy. We are working on canvassing asset managers and owners to help actualise this future while ensuring there is an economy for your capital to live in as climate breakdown advances.

Campaigning for SA universities to divest from fossil fuels

In late 2019, the UCT (University of Cape Town) Convocation voted (again) in favour of our motion for the university to divest from fossil fuels, as well as our amendment for UCT to help lead a Climate Emergency Divest Invest Coalition amongst South African universities and foundations. We will be strongly encouraging UCT to listen to the voice of Convocation and partner with other universities to forge a path for divestment and progressive investment in South Africa.. 

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For financial professionals

In 2017 and 2019, we ran successful workshops for asset managers and retirement fund officials on climate change, carbon risk and divestment, with our partners 350 Africa, Just Share, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and Futuregrowth. If you’d like to receive news about the climate and energy transition and our professional events, please sign up here.  

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