Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds: first thoughts

We held our first-ever 'Climate-Proofing Retirement Funds' events in Cape Town and Johannesburg this week, focused on asset owners, particularly retirement fund boards. We were honoured to host Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, as a keynote speaker at both events. LINK TO ALL PRESENTATION VIDEOS Our Johannesburg event was 80% …

Mission-aligned Investment Seminar

You are invited to a Mission-Aligned Investing Seminar for South African leaders in philanthropy, faith, education and city governance. The Seminar will bring together mission-driven leaders from across South Africa to focus on how we can finance a just, fossil fuel-free future in which everyone has access to renewable energy. Keynote address: Ellen Dorsey, Executive …

Climate-Proofing South African Retirement Funds (Twin events)

The early effects of global climate breakdown, from the devastating Northern Cape drought to Cyclone Idai, are hitting South Africa. Climate protests, now led by millions of school children, are multiplying around the world.  Funds worth over $8 trillion have committed to fossil fuel divestment, while 477 investors worth a combined $34 trillion in assets …

The Fossil Free SA 2018 ‘Spotlight’ campaign

To promote our Amandla.mobi petition calling on South African asset managers to support fossil fuel-free funds, we've launched a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram spotlighting some of the people and organisations that support this call. Please share these posts with your followers. 20 July 18 July 13 July 11 July

Announcing our first-ever Divest Fest (24 February, 9.30am at 75 Harrington St, Cape Town)

Welcome to 2018, and the slightly mad state of play in South Africa right now: Day Zero is rapidly approaching in Cape Town, while cities and institutions of the stature of New York and Lloyds of London (the world's oldest insurance market) are divesting from fossil fuels – but South Africans still aren't widely questioning why …

Divest Fest!

Our team is about to hit Rocking the Daisies, and this is what we'll be asking festival-goers to do for the divestment cause –  here we list five quick ways you can take action right now to push South Africa towards a more safe and prosperous future and away from the deadly fossil fuels – coal, …

July community update – SA’s first big climate change court case, and Disobedience

We held our second community update for 2017 at 75 Harrington Street on Wednesday 26 July, with around 25 guests attending. (75 Harrington is a community hub and co-working space in the heart of Cape Town; our thanks to Steve Harris and his team, our hosts. After we'd reiterated the basics of our divestment campaign, …

May workshop for investors and fund managers: ‘Fossil fuel divestment: Fad, necessity or opportunity?’

    Summary On 10 May 2017, Fossil Free South Africa convened a workshop for financial services professionals in Cape Town on fossil fuel divestment. The aim of the workshop was to build awareness of climate and carbon risk – and the divest-reinvest movement – amongst financial services professionals, and to catalyse the creation of …