Letter to Eskom on Mphanda Nkuwa Dam (Reply)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
(This is part of ongoing correspondence on this topic) 14 September 2010 To: Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom By e-mail: CC:  President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma (        President of Mozambique, Mr Armando Guebuza by  ( Dear Mr. Dames: We appreciate the time taken to reply to our letter on the Mphanda Nkuwa Dam, and hope that we can continue to keep the lines of communication open. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that all of our concerns will be resolved by the EIA process alone, and even more

Eskom: Don’t Dam the Zambezi!

Monday, June 21, 2010
To: Brian Dames Chief Executive Officer, Eskom By e-mail: CC: President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma (       President of Mozambique, Mr Armando Guebuza by  ( This year is the 10th anniversary of the World Commission on Dams’ groundbreaking work to create higher standards for dam projects – standards intended to avoid undue harm to our rivers and those who depend on them. South Africa was the home for the Commission (“WCD”), and has been at the forefront in adopting the WCD’s recommendations. Yet Eskom’s

Eskom Eyes the Zambezi

Girl with fish, Zambezi river, Mozambique
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Will Power Demand Lead to Another Destructive Dam on Southern Africa’s Most Heavily Dammed River? Originally published in groundWork magazine, South Africa. It’s a long and often bumpy ride from Maputo to the quiet villages perched above the Zambezi near Mphanda Nkuwa, a gorge whose name means “the scream of the passing water”. We drive through a lush valley awash with newly leafing spring-green trees and wildflowers on our way to Chinangwe. As we slow for villages, young girls come over to sell us mangoes, and boys to gawk at our big stack of camping gear. Finally, we arrive at t

Eskom's role in the social and environmental degradation of the Zambezi

Tuesday, March 1, 2005
South Africa is one of the power houses of Africa with a strong private sector interested in spreading their investments throughout the continent. This could be of great benefit to sustainable development of other African countries were South African companies using the same standards they use at home. South Africa’s dialogued system arising from its new democracy had as one of its core goals the redress of the unbalances caused by apartheid, this contributed to the achievement of high social standards that have influenced positively its development. One such area is the water sector, wher

Eskom’s Expanding Empire - The Social and Ecological Footprint of Africa’s Largest Power Utility

Eskom Enterprises in Africa
Sunday, June 1, 2003
With a generating capacity of more than 40,000 MW, South Africa–based Eskom is Africa’s largest energy utility, and ranks as one of the top five energy utilities in the world. Eskom is a de facto monopoly in South Africa, and also generates over half the electricity produced in the whole of Africa, with operations in 31 countries on the continent. Because of its heavy reliance on coal, it is the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa. Eskom management has also stated that it intends to rely increasingly on nuclear power. And in recent years, Eskom has begun to
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