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Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize

23 April 2018 at 5:34 pm

Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala
Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala

The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign is delighted that our very own Makoma Lekalakala, director of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, has won the Goldman Environmental Prize for 2018. Makoma received the prestigious international award together with Liziwe McDaid from the South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute.

Although the 2018 Goldman Prize relates primarily to Makoma and Liz’s legal battle to stop the controversial nuclear deal, Makoma is a well-known anti-coal activist who has worked for many years to reduce South Africa’s reliance on coal and to protect the health and well-being of communities affected by coal. As campaigner and director of Earthlife, she has been the voice of Earthlife in key court applications like the case against the Thabametsi coal power plant in Limpopo, and the coal mine in the Mabola Protected Environment and water source area in Mpumalanga.

Here is the link to the announcement by the Goldman Environmental Prize: https://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/makoma-lekalakala-liz-mcdaid/