Campaign timeline

Note: Much of our work is focused on our UCT campaign, for which we maintain a separate campaign timeline.


30 September: The Anglican Church of South Africa votes to divest from fossil fuels.

6 April: The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation resolves to “divest from fossil fuels, and to pressure South African investment companies and fund managers to create a new breed of ethical investment vehicle devoid of fossil fuel, mining, tobacco and alcohol components.”

May: The international campaign for fossil fuel divestment and our work is covered in earthworks magazine.

21 April: David Le Page, FFSA campaign coordinator, wins the Eco-Warrior category in the 2015/16 Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards.


26 November: We hold a successful screening of the Naomi Klein film This Changes Everything in Cape Town.

8 October: Stellenbosch University students write to the university administration urging divestment.

27 May: David Le Page of Fossil Free SA joins a panel discussion on whether non-profits should align their investments with their values, hosted by Inyathelo.

12 May: Fossil Free UCT facilitates a meeting between May Boeve of, UCT Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price and member of the UCT investment task team.

11 May: Fossil Free UCT, with the Green Campus Initiative, hosts a talk by May Boeve, executive director of

28 March: Fossil Free SA meets the public at the WWF/AIDC Renewable Energy Festival.

19 February: Fossil Free SA becomes a formal legal entity (a voluntary association seeking PBO status) and our first ever management meeting is convened in Kenilworth, Cape Town.

13 February: As part of international divestment day, Fossil Free UCT conducts small demonstrations at several locations on the UCT campus.

28 January: Public talk on divestment at Kalk Bay Books


27 November: FFSA launch in Durban attended by 40 people.

26 November: Fossil Free SA launch in Howick attended by 16 people. (This launch was initiated by the Howick community, and we were glad to add it to our schedule.)

24 November: FFSA launch in Pretoria, attended by 15 people.

20 November: FFSA launch in Johannesburg at St Francis in Parkview attended by 40 people, with guest speakers Ronnie Kasrils (former minister of water affairs and forestry), Makoma Lekalakala (Earthlife Africa) and Ferrial Adam (350 Africa).

19 November: FFSA launch in Bloemfontein attended by six academics at the University of the Free State.

12 November: Fossil Free South Africa launched in Cape Town at the Mountain Club in Hatfield Street, with keynote speakers Rev Mpho Tutu of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, and Anton Cartwright of the UCT African Centre for Cities.

25 October: Our first ever ‘divestment dinner’. Seven guests watched Do The Math, and then discussed divestment as a strategy. A template letter for writing to investment managers requesting fossil free investments was distributed. Participants were invited to register support for Fossil Free SA. Salad was eaten.

5 July: Presentation on our campaign to the World Student Environment Network 2014 summit.

20 June: Presentation on our campaign at the Student Energy Summit 2014 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


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