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 …

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 divested funds …

UCT’s divestment think tank

This is the summary of the UCT divestment think tank held on 15 May 2017 at Hlanganani Junction, UCT. Fossil fuel divestment in itself is a strong signal that will notify internal and external communities throughout all sectors, of serious engagement with the topic of responsible investment, future development and planning and transformative action. UCT …

May Boeve of 350.org visiting Cape Town, UCT and Jozi

May Boeve is the new executive director of 350.org, the grass roots global climate movement that three years ago initiated the fast-growing global divestment movement. She succeeds Bill McKibben who, together with 350.org, was a recipient of the ‘alternative Nobel prize’, the Right Livelihood Award for 2014. May, who was recently profiled by the Guardian, which hailed her as …