LEPHALALE — Environmental groups including the Matsoba Organisation from Seleka, Greenpeace, Earth Life Africa, Waterberg Women Advocacy Organisation (WWAO) and Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum (WEJF) were picketing at the Mandela Drive intersection to Medupi on Friday morning 25 May. The groups started to gather at the intersection from 05:30.
According to Nhlanhla Sibisi, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace, they chose Friday as it was Africa Day and the groups were advocating for a healthy environment by doing away with coal and to warn the community against the dangers of power stations in terms of environmental pollution.
Sibisi said by joining the “Break Free” movement, regular citizens and activists from communities across Africa will call on governments and businesses to put an end to fossil fuels and move towards a transition to hundred present renewable energy for all.
They also called for the cancellation of the local proposed private power station, Thabametsi Power Station in Steenbokpan.
“Coal uses a lot of water and Eskom thinks they have the right of water over the community. Water gets prioritised for electricity and seeing that South Africa is the 30st driest country in the world, we cannot allow that,” Sibisi said to Mogol Post.
He also said that they are not in conflict with the workers, they are in conflict with the current policy. “We need to move to renewable energy, because it is the cleanest energy. We have to reskill workers to be part of a cleaner industry,” he concluded.