|Centre for Civil Society Seminar: (No) Limits to extraction? Popular Mobilization and the Impacts of the Extractive Industries in KZN
Date: Thursday 9 February 2017
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN
Speaker: Jasper Finkeldey
Popular mobilization against extractive industries in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) causes serious troubles for companies seeking to open new mines and advance with unconventional gas extraction. The resistance against the extraction of hydrocarbons has won temporary victories. However, public policy and energy procurement has not yet seen a transition to renewable forms of energy despite its lower costs. There remains high pressure to extract emission-intensive energy sources. Linking disparate struggles and forming strategic alliances can limit the extractive trajectory on which the South African government has embarked. I analyse the Save our Mfolozi Wilderness and Frack Free South Africa campaigns examining their claim-making and repertoires, as well as the current political opportunity structure in the extractive sector.
Jasper Finkeldey is a PhD at the University of Essex. He is currently visiting scholar at the Centre for Civil Society.