On 11 October 2017, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) issued an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) authorisation for a new nuclear power plant and a radioactive waste disposal facility at Koeberg, about 26 km North of Cape Town. The public (this includes all South African citizens) may appeal this decision by 4 March 2018.
We have a short window of time to make sure our government is held accountable by its citizens, and truly hears that South Africans don’t want expensive nuclear energy, we want affordable and accessible renewable energy.
Using nuclear energy to generate electricity is outdated, unnecessary, and goes against our collective moral imperative to care for people and planet. A world wounded by rampant exploitation requires ethical leadership and the pursuit of eco-justice.
You can have your say by filling in your details below to send an email directly to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Eskom, and if you have more to say, you can edit the standard email text.
A world wounded by rampant exploitation requires ethical leadership and the pursuit of eco-justice. Using nuclear energy to generate electricity is outdated, unnecessary, and goes against the moral imperative to protect people and planet.
SAFCEI is against nuclear energy because:
- There is no safe dose of nuclear radiation, which causes cancers, and other illnesses. (Small amounts of nuclear material are used in medicine and can be produced in a controlled way. SAFCEI is not against medical use.)
- Nuclear energy is much more costly than other forms of energy.
- Nuclear waste is dangerous and lasts tens of thousands of years.
- Land and water can be contaminated for generations during nuclear operations. Nuclear disasters result in loss of land, livelihoods probably forever.
- Nuclear build plans in South Africa have been conducted unlawfully. Earthlife Africa (JHB) and SAFCEI to went court to stop unlawful govt decisions, and we were successful. But the govt has already spent hundreds of millions of rand on these unnecessary plans, and is continuing to plan for nuclear energy power plants.
- Nuclear power generates very few jobs compared to other energy power:
Video made by Koeberg Alert Alliance.