JHB Roundtable: The Green Voter’s Guide, 16 September 2016

The CPLO in conjunction with Heinrich Boell Foundation and Environmental Monitoring Group hosted an afternoon roundtable discussion entitled, The Green Voter’s Guide in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The speakers for the event were Ms Nomvula Mofokeng from the Department of Water Services, Policy Development and Regulation in the City of Johannesburg; Mr David van Wyk, head researcher at Bench Marks Foundation; as well as Mr Stephen Law who is director at Environmental Monitoring Group. Mr Law kicked things off by giving his experience regarding developing a Green Voter’s Guide – looking at environmental issues with an everyday gaze, for the recent local government elections; Ms Mofokeng gave valuable insight into the state of water in the country, focussing on the Gauteng region and the resulting water shortages in the area; the presentations were concluded by Mr van Wyk who shared thought provoking research on the drastic impact of Acid Mine Drainage in the Witwatersrand region. The presentations opened the gates for an enriching discussion on environmental justice in Johannesburg and the greater South Africa.