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Scrap nuclear power, expand renewable energy sources, urges Archbishop Makgoba

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has appealed to the South African government to scrap plans for developing nuclear energy and instead to spend the money on education, training and other development initiatives. The archbishop said in a statement issued from the church’s Synod of Bishops today: “The Synod of […]

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Faith Community responds to the Nuclear Build Briefing

11 October 2016 Press release Faith Community responds to the Nuclear Build Briefing SAFCEI attended the Energy Portfolio Committee meeting in Parliament this morning, 11 October 2016, at which there was a briefing by the Department of Energy’s Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Eskom on the “Nuclear New Build”. “It seems bizarre that the Minister and Eskom […]

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Tail wagging the dog

Eskom’s position regarding the advent of renewable energy is worrisome. Alarm bells rang when we heard of the call by the utility for a halt to further renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs). Does this signal a preference for the more costly nuclear build programme? South Africa has taken a policy decision to invest in renewables. This […]

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Nuclear News

Our nuclear campaign has bounded ahead in these last weeks and SAFCEI marked several momentous occasions. The most exciting one was the launch of our court action, which was officially announced on 15th October. Together with Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-Jhb), SAFCEI held a press briefing in Johannesburg about our joint challenge of the various aspects […]

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SAIREC kicks off

By Liz McDaid South Africa is the sixth country, and the first in Africa, to host the International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). Convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), IREC is a high-level political conference series hosted by a national government. The Conference is bringing together civil society, government and the private sector and is […]

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Faith Leaders speak out against fracking

Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Fracking Amid Pope Francis’ Visit to U.S. By Wenonah Hauter Earlier this year, Pope Francis called for decisive climate action in his encyclical. Now, while the Pope is visiting the U.S. for the first time, faith leaders across the country are speaking out against fracking—a form of extreme fossil fuel extraction […]

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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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