Journos Warned Against Russia’s Nuclear PR Machine

The World Wide Fund (WWF) says that South African journalists accepting tours of nuclear power facilities in Russia should be careful not to publish advertorials.

Russia’s state atomic energy corporation Rosatom has sponsored various media tours in 2015 of its nuclear power stations, manufacturing factories and university programmes in Russia.

Saliem Fakir, head of policy and futures unit at the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa, argues that journalists should study the facts more carefully before publishing biased viewpoints.

NGOs Take Govt to Court Over Nuclear

A group of NGOs is taking government to court in a bid to stop South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme because the bid process is flawed.
Other respondents are the National Energy Regulator (NERSA), chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.
The applicants argue Joemat-Pettersson has failed to ensure nuclear procurement is conducted lawfully and meets the requirements of the constitution for a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective process.

Renewable Energy to Experience Exponential Growth

WWF director for global energy policy for WWFs’ global climate and energy initiative, Dr Stephan Singer, points out that, “Even the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development-led International Energy Agency [IEA], which has underestimated the real growth in clean renewables, is now acknowledging that renewables [mainly wind and solar] will be the largest new electricity sources in the decade to come.”

According to the IEA report, renewable electricity additions over the next five years were expected to top 700 gigawatts – more than twice Japan’s current power capacity.

100% Renewable Energy Access for All

Greenpeace says that political will is needed to bring about a “just transition to a green and inclusive economy”.

Greenpeace executive director, Kumi Naidoo, speaking during the South African International Renewable Energy Conference in Cape Town, said that a new report being released by Greenpeace will help policy makers plot the way forward to achieve this reality.

The report, entitled Energy Revolution, pushes for a scenario where there is 100 percent renewable energy access for all by 2050.

NGO Approaches Madonsela Over Hitachi

The Helen Suzman Foundation has asked Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, to probe Eskom, Chancellor House and the African National Congress (ANC) following the damning Hitachi revelations.
The request follows recent claims by the United States Securities Exchange Commission about the awarding of Eskom tenders to Hitachi Power Africa.
The Commission alleged that Hitachi sold a 25 percent interest to Chancellor House, the ANC’s investment arm, in order to land the lucrative contracts at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations.

Govts Urged to Curb Air Pollution

If South Africa implements the World Health Organisation's landmark resolutions on air pollution, the government will have to take action against polluting companies, including Eskom.
After discussing air pollution for the first time at the World Health Assembly, the United Nations' health body adopted resolutions intended to counter the world's most serious single environmental health risk.

Shell Rushing Govt Over Fracking

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) says reports that oil and gas multinational Shell is reviewing its plans for fracking outside the Americas could be a ‘Trojan horse’.
In a press statement, TKAG head, Jonathan Deal, points out that this could be a clever ploy to pressure government into speeding up shale gas exploration licences and regulations.

SA Urged to Switch to Renewable Energy

Greenpeace anti-nuclear activists have unfurled a banner at the 2nd Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2015 in Sea Point which read ‘nuclear investments cost the Earth’.
The banner hung for a short while in the hotel foyer where delegates were registering for the congress, until hotel security asked activists, perched on a ledge above it, to come down.

Greenpeace’s Melita Steele, says that their intention have been to ‘communicate directly with the congress delegates, which we did, so we came down’.

Eskom Infringing on Rights of South Africans: ELA

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg says Eskom is infringing on the rights of South Africans to access electricity by threatening load-shedding and possible blackouts in the near future.

The organisation’s Makoma Lekalakala, says the current crisis is an opportunity for Eskom and the Department of Energy to accelerate the renewable energy programme in South Africa.

Eskom Blamed for Electricity Problems

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has criticised Eskom for failing to apologise to South Africans for the ongoing electricity problems when it held a press briefing on Thursday, 15 January 2015.

The group’s energy policy officer, Dominique Doyle, points out that, "The closest the public came to an apology is chief executive officer, Tshediso Matona, stating that Eskom is now opting to do the right thing, thereby acknowledging that Eskom has been doing the wrong thing."


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