Mobilizing Social Movements for Energy Democracy and Sovereignty in South Africa

The project aims to strengthen social and environmental justice movements for democratic engagement and to partner with municipalities and relevant entities so as to lead to the installation and operation of community-led, socially owned renewable energy.

This exciting ground-breaking project brings together three South African social movements from different urban locales, supported by two NGOs to implement a campaign that realizes widespread installation and operation of community-led socially owned renewable energy solutions. The project forges new ground in locating advocacy for a just transition within the social movements. The goal is to strengthen and enable social movements in South Africa to engage all tiers of government towards realising renewable energy community solutions that can implemented at scale.

This project is undertaken in partnership with three community-based organisations, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Vukani Environmental Movement (VEM) and, Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), and supported by two NGOs, namely groundWork and Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), each with more than 20-years’ experience in campaigning with and providing technical support to communities. The project is coordinated by groundWork who is responsible for project monitoring and reporting, coordination, liaison, support, advocacy and networking at local, national and international levels.

For additional info on this ground-breaking  project, click here.

Funder: UMI Fund

Timeline: August 2021 – March 2024

Project Team: Josh Dippenaar, Itumeleng Morosele, Yachika Reddy, Bathandwa Vazi