Campaign timeline: cities

2018

13 September: Together with representatives of 350 Africa and SAFCEI, handed a letter to acting Cape Town mayor Brett Heron, calling for increased transparency and urgency on climate action from the City.

8 September: FFSA participated in the joint civil society event Rise for Climate at the Rosebank Methodist Church, Cape Town.

19 June: The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee “approved an amendment that bans the City from investing in instruments with high carbon dioxide emissions. Effectively, this policy will divert from the use of fossil fuel assets and companies”. (But in the same week, the City “signed a new grant agreement with a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) last week to study the effective use of natural gas distribution networks”.)

22 June: Together with 350 Africa, we meet representatives of the cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg to introduce them to the divest-reinvest campaign.

2017

25 July 2017: 350 Africa and FFSA request meeting with City Treasurer David Valentine for discussion of divestment commitment; meeting request is declined.

19 June: After nine months of joint representations from FFSA and 350 Africa, the City of Cape Town commits to fossil fuel divestment. Mayor Patricia de Lille:

I am taking this a step further and I have informed our Finance Directorate that we are going to divest from fossil fuel assets and companies in favour of greener and cleaner investments which are in line with our vision of a sustainable future. We are going to instruct investors looking after our money not to put our money into fossil fuel-related companies or for it to be used to fund the development of dirty and unsustainable projects. We want our investments to be aligned with our principles of resilience and sustainability.

12 May 2017: 350 Africa presents joint 350 Africa / FFSA petition for divestment to City, calling for City to: Disclose the total value of fossil fuel assets in the city’s municipal budget; Freeze any new plans to invest in the fossil fuel industry; Commit to divesting all fossil fuel holdings within 5 years.

3 April 2017: FFSA meets withCape Town City Councillor Dave Bryant re divestment

29 Feb 2017: FFSA and 350 Africa meet with Cape Town City Councillor Matthew Kempthorne to discuss divestment.

2016

22 Nov 2016: FFSA meets with City officials Hilton Robbins, Daniel Sullivan, Eugene Block, Sarah Ward.

Oct 2016: Divest-Invest Philanthropies (US) opens engagement with Cape Town energy and climate change officials asking City to consider divestment.