This report examines the avenues, implications and policy options for the complete abandonment of South Africa`s aging coal infrastructure in the coming decades. Employment, economic development and social cohesion issues related to the future of South Africa`s coal and export industry are also highlighted. “[A] only the transition… Reinventing our economy and society through a widespread and basic democratic debate. We propose that certain starting points can be identified in a more egalitarian and environmentally sustainable economy, based on people`s solidarity, which serves people`s needs, not profit, such as climate change and the just transition of coal: an illustrated brochure in four languages, produced by the Institute of Labour and Policy (SWOP) of the University of Witwatersrand. This brochure provides general information and explanations on the need for a fair transition of fossil fuels in response to the urgency of climate change. It responds to requests made at knowledge exchange workshops between municipalities on The Mpumalanga Highveld and the SWOP coal research project in 2019. Its goal is to enable communities to participate in debates on the just transition of fossil fuels. It is subject to use by activists and communities in coal-affected communities and revised in light of comments from those who have used it. “A fair transition ensures the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. It is based on social dialogue between workers and their unions, employers, governments and communities. A fair transition plan provides and guarantees better and decent jobs, social protection, training opportunities and greater job security for all workers affected by global warming and climate change policy. Professor`s speech.
Mark Swilling, in May 2019, “Unlocking a just energy transition for South Africa” Understanding the impact of a 2oC-compatible coal exit plan for South Africa as part of the Coal Transitions project, national experts in China, India, South Africa, Poland, Australia and Germany explored opportunities to implement economically viable and socially acceptable coal transition strategies , in line with the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. The International Trade Union Confederation defines a “fair transition” as follows: researchers from the Energy Systems Analysis and Planning Group Life After Coal Partner and environmental justice group groundWork presented in its report The Destruction of the Highveld: Burning Coal: the following key elements for a fair transition in 2017: