Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
22 February 2012

Feedback meeting on Cop17 in Cape Town

What exactly happened at COP17, and what are the scientific
and ethical implications for South Africa and the world?

The Archbishop of Cape Town invites you to hear a panel of participants in the recent COP 17 climate talks in Durban share their insights into what happened there and what this means in the global, African, South African and Western Cape contexts.

 In response to the high level of interest, the Archbishop is now hosting a similar event to an earlier meeting held at UCT. If you missed the first meeting, here’s your chance to be informed and engage with the speakers.

 

Thursday 8March 2012, 6 pm

Memorial Chapel, Bishops School,
Campground Road, Rondebosch

Panelists:

  • The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba (Host), Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).
  • Prof Mark New (Chair), Director of UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative
  • Prof Harald Winkler, Group leader: Energy, Environment and Climate Change at the Energy Research Centre, UCT, and member of the South African UNFCCC negotiating team at COP17
  • Prof Guy Midgley, Chief Director: Climate Change at the SA National Biodiversity Institute,
    and member of the South African UNFCCC negotiating team
  • Prof Bruce Hewitson, National Research Foundation Chair for Climate Change, UCT
  • Dr Nigel Crawhall, Director of Secretariat of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee

 

Convened by

The Diocese of Cape Town Environmental Group

and

SAFCEI (The Southern African Faith Communities’
Environment Institute)

 

For further information, contact the Rev Dr Rachel Mash
on rmash@mweb.co.za. There will be a limited time for questions, please email them in advance.

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