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Saliem Fakir
Saliem Fakir is currently active in the sustainable energy field and works for the World Wide Fund for Nature. Saliem has served on a number of boards, and is also on the advisory board of Inspired Evolution One, a private fund involved in clean technology. He has a B.Sc Honours in molecular biology (WITS), a Masters in Environmental Science, Wye College London, and he completed a senior executive management course at Harvard University. He is an independent writer and columnist for SACSIS, based in Cape Town.

How Can We Eat Well Affordably?

Eat Well Affordably

What we eat and where we get our food from are outcomes of a hidden and problematic food system that must change to enable us to we eat well affordably By SALIEM FAKIR The US is putting pressure on South Africa to agree to favourable terms for its poultry producers before it is willing to include South Africa in a new ... Read More »

Mining Indaba Rethinks the Role of Mining in South Africa

mining indaba

Nothing Changes Until Something Big Happens By SALIEM FAKIR Last week the Mining Indaba came and went just like it does every year. Some 7,000 people attended. On its margins, outside of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), a different kind of mining indaba, a people’s indaba, took place in close by Woodstock. This was the 5th Alternative Mining ... Read More »

South Africa’s Energy Crisis: Renewables for the Rich?

energy crisis

By SALIEM FAKIR South African citizens should brace themselves for a long journey of troubled co-existence with Eskom’s woes as the country’s energy crisis worsens. However, citizens with higher incomes are likely to become less dependent on Eskom because they can supply their energy needs through alternative power sources like renewables, solar-water heaters, gas and home-diesel generators. But poorer households ... Read More »

How Pragmatism Drove China’s Economic Transformation

How PragmChina's Economic Transformation

By SALIEM FAKIR Decline can happen rapidly and all before one’s eyes. Sometimes the response to it can be slow and even result in total neglect. In the case of China’s economic transformation, pragmatism a primary role. First, there’s generally denial or the inability to speak up. Then there’s some acceptance that things are not going well; and finally there may ... Read More »