Fossil Free South Africa was established as a voluntary association in 2015.
Fossil Free SA’s first budget of approximately R70,000 was funded through a Thundafund campaign that closed on 31 January 2015. We have since received some ongoing contributions from supporters and donations at events. In 2017, our May divestment workshop will be funded by R30,000 from 350.org and R12,000 from Futuregrowth Asset Management. David Le Page’s travel will be part-sponsored by the Wallace Global Fund.
Campaign managers (part-time)
- Coordinator and vice-chair: David Le Page, journalist, formerly of Mail & Guardian, Treatment Action Campaign, Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute
- Operations and secretary: Robert Zipplies, sustainability consultant and author of Bending the Curve
Other management committee members
- Chair: Dr Nick King, analyst and futurist; former CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
- Happy Khambule, formerly policy and research coordinator, Project 90 by 2030; now climate and energy political advisor for Greenpeace Africa.
- Mellony Sparks, formerly an astronomer, now working as an equity analyst associate at Kagiso Asset Management.
- Laura Bergh is a sustainability leadership and social enterprise advisor with a Masters in Sustainability Leadership (Cambridge), and over 20 years corporate and consulting experience. Now in the social economy, she is the Chief Enabler of the Poverty Stoplight Office (SA), and assists social enterprises and non-profits with business plans, strategies and impact assessments in order to build resilience and scale up for higher impact.
- Rukia Cornelius is the regional gender lead for Oxfam Southern Africa. She has worked in development for over 17 years, as a senior manager for the Treatment Action Campaign, Alive & Kicking UK, the World AIDS Campaign, and Sonke Gender Justice.
We work on an ongoing basis with staff and students at UCT, particularly the student-led Green Campus Initiative and the Climate Action Project.
Our thanks to these UCT staff members in particular:
- Dr Eduard Grebe (formerly post-doc research fellow, Center for Social and Science Research)
- Jesse Burton (Energy Research Centre)
- Tania Katzschner (lecturer, Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics)
- James Irlam (senior lecturer, Health Sciences)
Past and present advisors
The campaign has drawn on the following people at times for strategic and other advice:
- Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and author, Cullinan & Associates (Cormac was a member of our management committee until March 2017).
- William Frater (independent consultant, former director of Frater Asset Management)
- Jeunesse Park – Founder, Food & Trees for Africa.
- Simon Gear – Anchor presenter for 50/50 on SABC 2, author and professional speaker.
- Bishop Geoff Davies – Patron and former head of SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute).
- Richard Worthington – Activist and independent energy and climate change expert.
Annual reports and financial reviews
- 2016 annual report (for year to end December; this was the first year for which we compiled an annual report)
- 2016 financial review (for year ending February 2016)