Stop Nuclear Power
SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg believed that there was a deliberate manipulation of government decision-making processes. So in October, 2015, they took the matter to court.
On 26 April 2017, after a campaign inside the courtroom and in the public arena, with public meetings and workshops, protests and marches, the Western Cape High Court found that the nuclear deal and the various associated energy procurement processes, were both illegal and unconstitutional.
Why SAFCEI and ELA-JHB took government to court
- Because the R1-trillion nuclear deal would have tied the country into unnecessary debt well into the foreseeable future.
- To stop further government corruption and poor decisions in the energy sector, and to hold the Executive accountable for its decisions.
- To promote energy justice and civil participation, since citizens were excluded from having a say in decisions which will affect them in future.
- Because South Africa’s energy policy is outdated and must be interrogated and participatively updated.
- Because progress in renewable energy technology has sped up and costs have dropped significantly, so we should be investing in renewable energy instead.
- Because evidence has shown that nuclear energy is NOT clean, NOT affordable and NOT sustainable.
The court case could not have been won without the collective effort of our civil society and NGO partners, and also the many individual citizens who took up the cause.
We need real public participation
The green light for a new nuclear plant near Koeberg
Early in 2018, SAFCEI mobilised community representatives to host a series of roadshows in the Northern Cape, Karoo and Eastern Cape to build awareness about the nuclear deal and the upcoming EIA appeal deadline. We gathered more than 700 letters of appeal, which we hope will influence the Minister’s decision to reverse the EIA approval.
As 2018 unfolds, embedded corruption continues to dog South Africa’s heels and SAFCEI will be keeping its eyes wide open as we eagerly anticipate the new electricity production plan. Nuclear energy will neither create greater equity or access to energy in South Africa, nor will it address the challenges of climate change.
Learn more about our landmark court case win that declared the nuclear deal unconstitutional:
- Nuclear court case campaign timeline
- Nuclear deal 2017 legal documents and media resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Nuclear Deal
Browse more energy justice resources in our online resource library.
Greenpeace Africa, Earthlife Africa (JHB) & SAFCEI – Nuclear 1 EIA Appeal – Supplementary Submission – IRP 2019
Together with Greenpeace Africa and Earthlife Africa (JHB), we have jointly filed an appeal of the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Duynefontein nuclear plant. Read more below. [pdf-embedder...
Recent earthquakes off Cape coast raise concerns over government’s ability to contain a nuclear disaster
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“SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COSTS OF GOVERNMENT’S NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANS” – SAFCEI
MEDIA RELEASE 13 August 2020 “SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE COSTS OF GOVERNMENT’S NUCLEAR ENERGY PLANS” – SAFCEI The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) recently made a number of requests for information in terms of the...
“THE ANNIVERSARIES OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI IS CAUSE FOR SERIOUS REFLECTION ABOUT THE ‘MERITS’ OF NUCLEAR” – Cape Town Unitarians
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ACCORDING TO THE QUR’AN, THE SIN OF HARMING HUMANITY AND ENVIRONMENT OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFIT – THEREFORE, STOP NUCLEAR!
As the world remembers the devastation and loss of life as a result of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima (6 August 1945) and Nagasaki (9 August 1945), SAFCEI members – faith leaders and communities from different backgrounds and viewpoints – speak out about the moral...
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