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Vive la France!

By Liz McDaid The South African government’s headlong rush into the arms of the nuclear industry continues to defy reason, yet France, the bastion of nuclear energy, has seen the (sun) light. Last month France passed the energy transition law, which sees it reduce its dependence on nuclear power from 75% down to 50% by […]

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No End to Threats to the Karoo

By Dr Stefan Cramer Older inhabitants of the Central Karoo remember that in the 1950s the area around Beaufort-West in the Karoo was once the scene of busy uranium mining. Then mining rights changed hands several times and eventually lapsed; thus few people paid attention to recent plans of reviving these mines. However in 2009, […]

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SAFCEI legal response to SA secret nuclear deals

South Africa’s government is poised to commence procurement of up to eight nuclear reactors at a cost of at least R500 billion (more likely R1 trillion, dwarfing the cost of the notorious Arms Deal), excluding the costs of overruns, finance, nuclear waste treatment and decommissioning, and without having established a transparent, Constitutionally compliant procurement process […]

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SAFCEI rejects non-transparent nuclear deals

MEDIA RELEASE SAFCEI questions why South Africa is rushing into nuclear energy.  According to latest media reports, nuclear power plants are supposed to pay for themselves yet the financial details remain secret. SAFCEI rejects the government’s non transparent slavish devotion to nuclear energy. The decision to build 9600 MW of costly nuclear energy will have […]

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Thumbs up for NERSA in turning Eskom down

The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) congratulates NERSA for applying its mind and rejecting Eskom’s application for a tariff increase. According to media reports, Eskom failed to provide key information and failed to comply with the rules. SAFCEI was one of the multitude of stakeholder organisations who presented at the two days of […]

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Imam Omar questions South Africa’s nuclear path

“There is no such thing as safe nuclear power!” Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar of the Claremont Main Road Mosque cautioned the congregation who had come to listen to his World Environment Day khutbah (sermon).  The current electricity crisis may motivate the government and some of us to favour risky energy options such as nuclear.  […]

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Our Nuclear Vigil is spreading

We are happy to announce that our Pretoria colleagues have started their own Nuclear Vigil in the Jacaranda City. The nuclear vigil began in Cape Town last year October and takes place every Wednesday from 7.30 – 9.00am in front of Parliament. The Pretoria nuclear vigil, which is to run concurrently with the Cape Town […]

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The NERSA hearings

The NERSA hearings continue into the second day. Groups like Women Energy and Climate Change Forum (WECCF) spoke of everyday hardships, and called for renewables as well as additional free basic electricity (FBE). The Pietermartzburg Agency for Community Social Action raised the issue of food security pointing out that their local research shows that if […]

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