South Africa

IFI governance

News

South Africa gains the extra seat on World Bank board

Renosi Mokate, former deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank, has been elected to the World Bank's board of executive directors.

29 November 2010

Environment

Commentary

Eskom loan blackens the World Bank's name

The World Bank, Business Unity South Africa and the African National Congress got their way with a major loan for Eskom, the national power authority, despite broad based opposition from local people, the poor, community organisations, the churches, unions, and environmental and social justice NGOs locally and globally.

16 April 2010 | Guest comment

Infrastructure

News

World Bank energy lending causes uproar

Debate about the World Bank energy portfolio and its impacts on climate change has reached the boiling point with hundreds of civil society organisations campaigning against the Bank's $3.75 billion loan for a new coal plant in South Africa.

15 April 2010

Environment

News

Human rights landmark in ICSID tribunal

For the first time ever, a tribunal of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) will hear human rights arguments.

20 November 2009

Environment

News

Poznan and beyond

Recent UN global climate negotiations in Poland highlighted ongoing tension over whether funds will be channelled through the United Nations or the World Bank and once again shone a light on the role of the Bank as a major investor in carbon intensive projects.

13 February 2009

Land

News

Parliamentarians on World Bank

The seventh annual conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank was held in Cape Town in March.

2 April 2007

Rights

News

Toxic waste dump or "world-class site"?

A new film points at contradictions in one of the World Bank's Prototype Carbon Fund projects in Durban, South Africa.

26 May 2003

Rights

News

Köhler go home say South Africans

In July South African activists told IMF Managing Director Horst K

11 August 2000

Knowledge

News

Knowledge Bank’s Power In South Africa

A new book on South Africa includes fascinating material on the World Bank’s role as policy advocate for the post-apartheid era.

14 June 2000

Finance

News

Jubilee South summit

Jubilee 2000 representatives held a South-South Summit in South Africa in late November.

15 December 1999

Accountability

News

South Africa dam claim

The World Bank’s Inspection Panel has received a complaint from residents of Alexandra township, Johannesburg, about “Phase 1B” of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which involves diverting water from the mountains of Lesotho to South Africa’s industrial heartland.

15 April 1998