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​NGOs Slam Govt Over Nuclear Deadline

Two leading environmental organisations, Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI), say government must respect the rules and commit to following the timeframes, after the state once again failed to submit answering affidavits in the court case regarding its nuclear energy agreement with Russia.
 
The two organisations argue that Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, acted unconstitutionally in not submitting the government's nuclear deal with Russia to Parliament.
 

Court Urged to Halt ‘Illegal’ Smelter

The environmental activist grouping, Earthlife Africa, had asked the Gauteng High Court to halt smelting operations at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) Pelindaba plant on the grounds that they were illegal.

The organisation, which wants the smelter to shut down, argues that the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in South Africa becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’.

Activists March Against Nuclear Power

Environmental activists have marched in cities around South Africa against the government’s nuclear expansion plans which they believe “threaten present and future generations”.
 
Members of Earthlife Africa, Greenpeace Africa, Justice and Peace and Ceasefire assembled in Pieter Roos Park in Parktown, Johannesburg and marched to Beyers Naude Square in the city centre.
 
The group aimed to raise concern about the cost of new projects, the safety of nuclear power and the lack of transparency and accountability in the nuclear sector.
 

SA to Start Nuclear Process in 2012

The Department of Energy says South Africa must start the procurement of new nuclear power next year if it is to meet the government’s target of commissioning the next nuclear reactor by 2030.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters says that a delay in the procurement of new nuclear power will put the security of electricity supply at risk because nuclear technology is the country’s next hope for so-called baseload capacity, after coal.

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