Fire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

Shack fires are an unremitting scourge facing urban townships. In South Africa, between 2000 and 2010, over 230 000 people were made homeless by fires. Growing urban populations together with inadequate services, in particular electricity and water, means urban shack fires will continue to take their toll. There is an urgent need for effective solutions to address the major causes. Last year, the City responded to 1,177 fire incidents in informal settlements around Cape Town. According to the City 3,480… Read moreFire detectors can help to prevent shack fires

New report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Health and safety issues related to paraffin have long been a critical issue in South Africa and yet it remains an overlooked policy issue. This report was commissioned by the Paraffin Safety Association (PASASA) – which has since expanded its mandate to become the Household Safety Association (HESASA). Through wide-ranging interviews with public, private and academic stakeholder,s as well as focus groups with low-income paraffin users, the report investigates what the future role of paraffin could and should play in South Africa…. Read moreNew report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Health and Energy Policy Roundtable

EPD attended and presented at a recent Health and Energy Policy Roundtable event held in Cape Town. The roundtable was hosted by the UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine; African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI); and groundWork South Africa.The event aimed to bring together health professionals, researchers, and academics with energy policy experts to identify the health implications of current energy policy and systems in the Western Cape and South Africa; to develop a position for a healthy… Read moreHealth and Energy Policy Roundtable

EPD makes a joint submission to the National Planning Commission

The EPD team at the ERC, together with a range of stakeholders made a submission to the National Planning Commission with regards to access to energy services in the National Planning Document. This submission was borne out of a meeting of stakeholders was held by Pasasa and Sanedi in May 2012 which discussed issues around safe household energy usage in South Africa and the lack of an integrated framework or strategy for access to energy in South Africa. This meeting of… Read moreEPD makes a joint submission to the National Planning Commission

Current EPD work

The Energy, Poverty and Development group is concerned with energy issues that affect sustainable development and improved livelihoods for poorer communities in South Africa and other developing countries. Current research topics are: low-carbon development, mitigation and poverty household energy interventions and policies community development in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) energy access The research generally includes a process of feedback to national policy-makers and energy supply agencies. The experiences gained through our fieldwork and policy research are… Read moreCurrent EPD work