Fossil Free UCT campaign submits testimony on divestment to the UCT Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission

The aims of the UCT Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) include making ‘recommendations on institutional culture, transformation, decolonisation, discrimination, identity, disability and any other matters that the university community has raised over the past 18 months, or may wish to raise in the future.’ In the light of this mandate of the IRTC, we …

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, …

Two new South African divestment commitments

We're delighted to announce that another two South African institutions have committed to fossil fuel divestment. Two Catholic organisations, the Archdiocese of Cape Town and Catholic Welfare and Development (CWD), have made these commitments as part of a larger coalition of 40 faith institutions on five continents. As our partners 350.org note: This is a big …

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, …

Kevin Coldrey: A personal South African divestment story

I am an economist by training and worked in the industry for almost a decade before making the decision to change career paths. I am currently furthering my studies, this time focusing on climate change and sustainable development. I hope to use my experience in the corporate sector to drive the change that is needed, …

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 …