the people's fix podcast

Nobel Laureate and Founder of The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore once said that in order to solve climate change, first we have to fix democracy – and while we elect our representatives on voting day, our input doesn’t just end there.

But how many of us in South Africa actually know who our representatives are, how they work, and how we can (and should!) engage them on issues that affect our communities?

Tune in to The People’s Fix, the three part podcast mini-series with DJ Fikile ‘Fix’ Moeti and get more clued up on our rights, find out how to participate in the decisions that affect our future, and how we can hold our elected representatives to account.

Let’s be active citizens!

Episode list

1 — Legislatures 101

2 — Public Participation – More than a tick-box exercise

3 — Follow the Money

4 — The climate crisis in Mzansi – how bad is it?

The first episode is all about getting to know what National Parliament and Provincial Legislatures are, how they work, what powers they have in governance of South Africa, and how we, the people can engage them.

This episode zooms in on South African civil society that is already engaging our elected representatives; from South Durban and Lephalale’s toxic air, to the Vaal triangle’s water pollution and the Western Cape without water, this episode has a story from every corner of the country. We look at how public participation processes are currently working in South Africa (Spoiler alert: not very well), and what can be done to improve citizens’ participation in decision-making processes.

In this episode, hosted by Nicole Rodel from African Climate Reality Project, we cover the science and impacts of the global climate crisis – and what it means for Mzansi. South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions are the fourteenth highest in the world – making the country a carbon criminal. Nicole from African Climate Reality Project, together with civil society on the frontlines of climate and environmental injustice, explore how the climate crisis is connected to the socio-economic issues that many South Africans are faced with today – and what we can do to solve it.

You can make the difference really, and truly, in determining whether or not we are all successful in solving the climate crisis. In this episode, Nicole from African Climate Reality Project, together with civil society on the frontlines of climate and environmental injustice, cover the solutions to the climate crisis – and how solving the climate crisis can also solve the socio-economic challenges and injustices that many South Africans are faced with today. Tune in and find out how you can use your voice, your choices, and your votes to fight for our future, fight for our communities, fight for our world. Let’s be active citizens!

5 — The climate crisis in Mzansi – will we change?

Aside from watching the budget speech and sending in your #TipsForTito, there is a lot more that you can do to influence where and what taxpayer money goes to. In this episode, we talk all about budgets: what the budget process is, what role the Legislature plays, and how you can both influence and monitor the budget through the workings of your elected representatives.


This podcast series has been developed and made possible with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, The ACRP has been authorised to publish the podcasts on its website for dissemination purposes.

This series of podcasts explores pathways for climate justice in the Anthropocene – a geological epoch shaped by humans. Should we become stewards of our planet or live in harmony with nature to achieve a good life for all?

The podcasts take the listeners on a journey to find out how we can reach the Paris goals. Through the lens of activists, experts, and scientists around the world, they offer a reflection on this exciting challenge and explore paths that might lead us into a better future.

#BreakFree from fossil fuels and change climate change!

Break Free is a people-centered movement that is powered by people standing up to take action against fossil fuels and to drive change. At the heart of Break Free are the individuals, families, and communities harmed by the pollution from coal power plants, the people who have felt first-hand the impacts of extreme droughts and flooding caused by climate change, and the communities that have been marginalised and displaced because of fossil fuel projects.

Break Free is not a campaign led by any one organisation. It’s a movement made up of NGOs and broader civil society, grassroots groups, and ordinary people that feel compelled to fight for a world without fossil fuels. In Africa, the Break Free movement consists of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Greenpeace Africa, 350africa.org and the African Climate Reality Project, along with grassroots communities.

As a part of this movement and leading up to Africa Day, we produced a Break Free radio series to help spread the Break Free message into coal-affected communities of South Africa.

#BreakFree from #climatechange: Episode 1

Episode 1 covers the basics of what climate change really is, with a climate change radio drama in Zulu (find this in other languages in our podcast resources), and interviews with Arese Ojelede – African Climate Reality Leader and Occupational health, safety and environmental consultant in Nigeria, and Gillian Hamilton, African Climate Reality’s branch manager.

#BreakFree from #climatechange: Episode 2

Episode 2 gets into how the burning of fossil fuels is not only the leading cause of climate change, but also has extreme negative social and health impacts on coal-affected communities. We discuss the proposed, and unnecessary, coal-fired power stations in South Africa, and interview Andries Mocheko of the Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum and community member of Lephahale, a coal-affected community. We also chat to David Le Page from Fossil Free South Africa about divesting from fossil fuels.


These podcasts are intended to raise public awareness about the importance of renewable energy to prevent further climate change, and encourage citizens and communities to advocate with their political representatives to shift their city to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The podcasts are available in English, Sesotho and isiZulu.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

—Margaret Mead