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South Africa | The GGHH Community Meeting

Posted in: March 2018

Written by: Luqman Yesufu, , GGHH Campaign Manager, Membership Outreach and Engagement in South Africa, groundWork

groundWork hosted its 5th annual community planning meeting for Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH) coordinators on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018. The purpose of this meeting was to review key GGHH highlights and challenges in 2017 and to plan for both individual and joint work for 2018. Two GGHH sustainability coordinators or champions, from across five provinces – Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West – were invited to the groundWork office in Pietermaritzburg. The meeting created a space for members to learn and share experiences while finding solutions to the common challenges they face as they implement their sustainability goals.

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South Africa | GGHH Member Takes Action on Water Crisis

Posted in: March 2018

Source: Times Live

Cape hospitals turn to desalination‚ boreholes in water crisis

Private hospitals are not taking any chances regarding Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s promise that water supplies will be maintained to their facilities in the event of Day Zero.

The three biggest hospital groups — Netcare (a GGHH member and 2020 Challenge participant)‚ Mediclinic and Life Healthcare — are investing heavily in alternative water supplies from the sea and underground so they can run independently of the municipal grid in an emergency. Many of the measures they are taking in Cape Town are being rolled out in other water-scarce regions‚ such as the Eastern Cape.

South Africa | Members Meet to Discuss Climate Change and Plan for 2018

Posted in: February 2018

The 5th GGHH Community Planning Meeting took place on 1-2 February in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, gathering representatives from 10 members in 5 different provinces in the country (Western Cape, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and North West).

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss key issues for the health sector in South Africa, such as climate change and energy, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Members of the GGHH Global Secretariat also joined the meeting virtually to share updates on GGHH tools, resources and programs, such as HippocratesGGHH Connectand the Green Health Challenges.

South Africa | GGHH Members Waste Exchange 2017

Posted in: November 2017. Written by: Luqman Yesufu, GGHH Campaign Manager, Membership Outreach and Engagement in South Africa, groundWork

groundWork, HCWH’s strategic partner in South Africa, together with the Gauteng Directorate of Health Care Waste and Occupational Hygiene Risk Management, hosted the “2017 GGHH Waste Exchange” on 23-24 October 2017 for South African members. 25 delegates from four provinces in the country – Gauteng, Free State, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal- attended the event. Read more

Africa Bucking the Trend

Posted in: September 2017. Written by Rico Euripidou, Environmental Health Campaign Manager

A great heading for a positive story. We’re tired of negative stories but we need to be aware of not recognising or dealing with our past. So we stand in the positive glow of a victory but, as groundWork is always aware, there is always some bitterness with environmental justice victories.

Wednesday the 16th of August 2017 marked the coming into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Twenty-one African countries (of seventyfour ratifications globally) had already ratified the Convention, making Africa the leading region in this respect.

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groundWork South Africa

groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste. 

groundWork seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people in South Africa, and increasingly in Southern Africa, through assisting civil society to have a greater impact on environmental governance.
groundWork places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people who are most affected by environmental injustices. Visit website