This amazing, spinning ball of rock and water, hurtling through space at more than 100,000 kilometres an hour, provides us with everything we need to live and be healthy. It’s a delicate balance, with various interconnected natural systems — hydrologic and carbon cycles, ocean and atmospheric currents among them — creating ideal conditions for human life.
If the balance is upset, natural systems will correct and the planet will endure, but those corrections may hinder or halt the ability of humans to thrive, or even survive. You’d think this would be incentive enough for us to learn about and care for natural systems, but recent news sometimes makes me feel as if there’s a huge disconnect between people and the planet.
The South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) has released the call for the Wind Turbine Service Technician Programme that will commence on 22 May 2017. Please ensure all completed applications are electronically sent as well couriered/hand delivered by 10 April 2017 when the call will be closed. No late applications will be accepted into the programme.
WTST _Medical Application forms_Part A and B_March 2017
WTST Course Application Form_March 2017
The long awaited AIDC-commissioned research – RENEWABLE ENERGY: WHERE ARE THE JOBS – A Critique Of The Government’s Socio-Economic Programme – will be launched at AIDC at 18.00 on the 28th.
Liz McDaid, the well-known researcher and social activist, will introduce her research findings and recommendations. The meeting will be Chaired by Tasneem Essop, former Provincial Minister of Environment, Planning and Economic Development in the Western Cape and a current member of the National Planning Commission.
There will also be lots of time for questions and discussions, which can include Eskom’s threatened closure of 5 coal mines which Eskom claims to be a direct consequence of the government’s renewable energy programme.
For further information contact
Dominic Brown or Jeff Rudin
021 447 5770
RENEWABLE ENERGY Where are the jobs?
Popular Education Programme
Burning Issues 2: Focus on the trillion Rand Nuclear Deal
There has been a long history of opposition to nuclear energy in this country but as government continues with this R1 trillion secret deal, more and more people are becoming aware and standing up to voice their opposition. What is this deal about? Why some people consider nuclear energy dangerous? What do we all need to learn about nuclear, for the sake of our grandchildren’s future?
Please join us for this participatory popular education session!
Wednesday, 29 March 2017; 10:00 – 13:00
Athlone Community Hall
(corner Klipfontein Rd/ Jan Smuts Highway)
For catering purposes and transport assistance please RSVP
Kasongo 064701 9500 or e-mail email@example.com
Each year millions of people around the globe will switch off for Earth Hour to shine a light on the need for climate action.
TAKE A LOOK AT EVENTS NEAR YOU AND THE DIFFERENCE YOU CAN MAKE!!
The Green Connection discussing details of our partnership which seeks to empower small businesses and environmental entrepreneurs as part of the transition towards sustainability.
The Sister March Cape Town is now officially affiliated with The Women’s March
on Washington and will take place on Saturday, 21st January, in solidarity with the
Washington march and sister marches taking place in 400 cities world wide
Liziwe McDaid attending the open government partnership (OGP) in Paris.
Civil society gathering in preparation for the official Open Government Partnership (OGP) conference held in Paris in 2016
Discussion about service delivery
Leila currently provides consultancy services to renewable energy investment and development companies.
For 5 years till 2014, Leila was the Director for Development and Operations at Mainstream SA, a renewable energy development company based in Cape Town. Mainstream SA, a joint venture company of Genesis Eco Energy, a South African renewable energy company, and Mainstream Renewable Power located in Ireland was formed in March 2009. Mainstream SA won 6 renewable energy tenders in the first 2 windows of the SA government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme, making it the most successful company in the programme in 2011-2013.
Leila has worked in the energy sector since 1998. Prior to joining Genesis Eco-Energy and Mainstream SA she was an independent sustainable energy policy specialist and preceding that the Managing Director of Sustainable Energy Africa, a leading energy NGO in South Africa. Leila has a long association with NGOs, volunteer and activist groups in the environment and energy sector and has a passion for building capacity in people and organisations in the fields of sustainable development. Previous to her work in energy Leila worked for research organizations, local governments and consultancies in the land, environment and development field. Leila studied environmental science, development studies and energy studies and was a Director of both Genesis Eco Energy and of Mainstream SA. Leila sat on the board of The South African Wind Energy Association, Sustainable Energy Africa, the Environmental Monitoring Group and the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Partnership and The Cape Town Partnership.
Front row: Basier Dramat, Liz McDaid
Back row: Glyn Williams, Yachika Reddy, Leila Weideman, Penny Hlakula and Roshan Stanford