Fossil Free South Africa launches in Cape Town

On Wednesday 12 November, we had our first of several launches for the expanded Fossil Free South Africa campaign at the Mountain Club in central Cape Town. Around 80 guests gathered to hear Mpho Tutu, director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, talk about her experience of the anti-apartheid divestment campaign of which her …

Fossil Free updates

• Our full November launch schedule is now available. Check the list for details of launches in Cape Town (Nov 12), Bloemfontein (, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. Please tell your friends in those cities. • Our Thundafund campaign fundraising to support our work over the next year is now live. Please consider contributing and forwarding …

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel on climate change

UCT Chancellor Graça Machel's speech on climate change at the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit last week (23 September 2014). Available on video here, starting at about minute 14. Your excellency the General Secretary of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, Presidents, Prime Ministers and leaders from all corners of our globe …

Letter to UCT requesting details of investments, mandates, etc

Dr Max Price – Vice-Chancellor CC: Prof Crain Soudien – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation and Social Responsiveness CC: Prof Enrico Uliana – Director of Finance CC: Peter Grant CC: Prof Mark New – Pro-Vice-Chancellor: ACDI CC: Hugh Amoore – Registrar 30 September 2014 Dear Dr Price Working together on UCT’s investment strategy Thanks again for your …

Events, screenings and our petition now online

Please sign our petition, now online, calling on UCT to divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainable energy! Forthcoming events (download poster) 30 September, 1pm, CS203: Screening of Do the Math, documentary about global fossil fuel divestment movement 1 Oct, 1pm, Jammie Plaza: Forum discussion of divestment with the Collective 6 October, 1pm, CS203: …

Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports call for University of Cape Town to divest from fossil fuels

It is the world’s wealthiest countries and people who have benefited most from the use of fossil fuels, and have contributed most to global warming. It is time we took full responsibility for our past actions. People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. I ask UCT to examine urgently the extent of your investments in fossil fuel companies and to make a strong commitment to phasing them out as soon as possible.

Fossil Free UCT campaign launches 30 July

The launch event for the UCT fossil fuel divestment campaign will be on 30 July, from 5.30-7pm, in Leslie Social Sciences 1A. Speakers will include Jolynn Minnaar, director of the award-winning fracking documentary, Unearthed, and associate professor Richard Calland of the UCT Law Faculty. For the hungry, a light supper will be provided.