First annual Powering Jobs census released, showing large employment opportunity

Today, the first annual jobs census measuring employment from decentralized renewables for rural electrification in Africa and Asia, Powering Jobs Census 2019: the Energy Access Workforce, was released by Power for All. Supported by Schneider Electric Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation and timed to the United Nations review this year of Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8, or Decent Work), the census provides the most comprehensive and granular data yet on energy access jobs created by decentralized renewable energy (DRE), which includes solar for home and business, green mini-grids and machinery…

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South Africa: Govt Approves Tormin’s Massive West Coast Mining Expansion

By John Yeld Government has given Australian-owned Tormin mine the go-ahead to vastly expand its current extraction of mineral sands on ten additional West Coast beaches and on an inland strip of old beach adjoining the existing mine near Lutzville. It has also condoned illegal activities by the mine, for which its owner Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) was fined R1.25 million, and authorised it to continue them. Both decisions are being strongly contested and formal appeals have already been filed. One of the appellants is environmental justice group, the Centre…

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African migrants learn how to build computers in Australia

It is here at the State Library of Queensland in Australia that these young migrants have acquired technical skills. Today, they are participating in a competition to rebuild a computer. The library set up the program to make the most of electronic waste, reusing the pile of old government computers that are supposed to be good for scrap. “They’re taking over this computer. When they dismantle it, they also clean it, they learn how to connect everything and replace parts. And at the end of the program, they have the…

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