A Just Transition from Coal

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Coal mining and burning are a major driver of environmental inequality in South Africa. Such inequality is evident in the poor’s exposure to toxic pollution, in the lack of universal access to critical resources such as clean water and air, the land, clean, affordable energy, and their vulnerability to the extreme weather events, such as droughts, heat waves, crop failures and floods, associated with climate change. To mitigate the later, South Africa is undergoing a transition from coal to renewable energy. This project, therefore, aims to investigate the implications of a just transition from coal for workers and people living near coal mines and coal-fired power-stations, many of whom have experienced the dispossession of their land, graves and livelihoods amongst other things because of coal mining. Of central concern is that coal workers and those living in mining-affected communities- have contributed the most to the development of south Africa’s mining economy, yet have benefitted the least, and are currently excluded from debates about the modalities of a just transition from coal mining and burning. To challenge this status quo, research, as well as exchange workshops have been undertaken in the Mpumalanga Highveld,  Somkhele, KwaZulu-Natal and Lephalale, Limpopo  provinces- to help build grass-root resistance against extractivism.

People

Dineo Skosana is a senior researcher and coordinator of the coal mining project which investigates South Africa’s transition from coal to renewable energy at SWOP. In the project

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Events

The Forge, in Johannesburg, will be hosting a series on Land Redistribution in Our Lifetime this month. SWOP’s Dineo Skosana will be presenting on her ongoing research under

Projects

The Forge, in Johannesburg, will be hosting a series on Land Redistribution in Our Lifetime this month. SWOP’s Dineo Skosana will be presenting on her ongoing research under

Publications

A Just Transition from Coal

Coal mining and burning are a major driver of environmental inequality in South Africa. Such inequality is evident in the poor’s exposure to toxic pollution, in the lack of universal access to critical resources such as clean water and air, the land, clean, affordable energy, and their vulnerability to the extreme weather events, such as droughts, heat waves, crop failures and floods, associated with climate change. To mitigate the later, South Africa is undergoing a transition from coal to renewable energy. This project, therefore, aims to investigate the implications of a just transition from coal for workers and people living near coal mines and coal-fired power-stations, many of whom have experienced the dispossession of their land,
graves and livelihoods amongst other things because of coal mining. Of central concern is that coal workers and those living in mining-affected communities- have contributed the most to the
development of south Africa’s mining economy, yet have benefitted the least, and are currently excluded from debates about the modalities of a just transition from coal mining and burning.
To challenge this status quo, research, as well as exchange workshops have been undertaken in the Mpumalanga Highveld, and in Somkhele, KwaZulu-Natal province- to help build grass-root resistance against extractivism.

People

Dineo Skosana is a senior researcher and coordinator of the coal mining project which investigates South Africa’s transition from coal to renewable energy at SWOP. In the project

Projects

The Forge, in Johannesburg, will be hosting a series on Land Redistribution in Our Lifetime this month. SWOP’s Dineo Skosana will be presenting on her ongoing research under

Publications