Our organisation

Our organisation

Fossil Free South Africa was legally established as a voluntary association in early 2015. Our NPO number is 149-064.


  • 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 was funded by R30,000 from 350.org and R12,000 from Futuregrowth Asset Management. David Le Page’s travel to an Amsterdam divestment conference in 2017 was sponsored by the Wallace Global Fund,
  • 2017–2020: We have received operational funding of $25,000 for the year July 2017–June 2018, $40,000 for the year July 2018–June 2019, and $40,000 again for the year July 2019–June 2020, all from the Wallace Global Fund. We continue to receive small monthly donations from a number of individuals. We also received $3,000 from a private donor in the US in 2018.

Campaign managers

Management committee (board)

  • Chair: Mellony Spark, formerly an astronomer, is an investment analyst.
  • Secretary: 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.
  • Treasurer: Andrew Park is a psychological counsellor, teacher and educational content developer, and has been one of our most active volunteers.
  • Thando Lukoko helps lead community engagement at Project 90 by 2030.

UCT campaign

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:

  • James Irlam (senior lecturer, Health Sciences)
  • Jesse Burton (Energy Research Centre)
  • Dr Eduard Grebe (formerly post-doc research fellow, Centre for Social Science Research)
  • Tania Katzschner (lecturer, Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics)

Past and present advisors

The campaign has drawn on the following people at times for strategic and other advice:

  • Past chair and advisor: Dr Nick King, analyst and futurist; former CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, founding chair of FFSA.
  • Co-founder and former administrator:  Robert Zipplies, sustainability consultant and author of Bending the Curve
  • 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.
  • Malcolm Gray, former global head of ESG at Investec Asset Management, now co-founder and CCO of Libryo.
  • 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.
  • Rukia Cornelius, regional gender lead for Oxfam Southern Africa.
  • Lise Pretorius, formerly GCX Africa, now with WWF Asia, and adviser to Flourish.
  • Happy Khambule, former ManCo members, former policy and research coordinator, Project 90 by 2030; now climate and energy political advisor for Greenpeace Africa.


Our campaign was originally inspired by the work of 350.org. We have a close working relationship with 350 Africa, and with Just Share. We have applied for network supporter status with the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, another regular partner.

Our UCT campaign has been an ongoing partnership with the student members of the Green Campus Initiative and the Climate Action Project.

Annual reports and financial reviews


Policies and procedures


Fossil Free SA endeavors at all times to follow best practice guidelines for the management of non-profits in South Africa, as outlined in these recommendations:

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