New National Coalition Opposes Nuclear Expansion in South Africa

23 August 2007

NGOs, community groups and individuals throughout South Africa have formed a national coalition to oppose the expansion of the nuclear industry and to demand a commitment to public participation in energy planning.

"Not just Cabinet alone, but all sectors together should decide on energy policy in South Africa," said the statement by the newly-formed Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) a week after the South African Government released its draft Nuclear Energy Strategy Policy.

CANE has been formed as an umbrella group comprising community organisations, residents' associations, NGOs, academics, professionals, unionists, environmentalists and ordinary citizens now grappling with the spectre of nuclear developments in their back yards.

Most of these communities are concerned about the unnecessary and heavily subsidised costs, nuclear safety and the unsolved problem of long-term spent fuel storage.

Seven sites have been chosen for new nuclear reactors: from the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape, while Pelindaba in the North West Province has been offered nuclear enrichment facilities, nuclear fuel fabrication and nuclear smelter plants. Various areas around the country have been identified for uranium prospecting and mining, including vast tracts of the Karoo and Magaliesburg also in the North West Province.

"Everyone in South Africa will now face the same danger from Koeberg nuclear power station," said CANE, "because Eskom is planning to install up to 24 Pebble-Bed Modular Reactors (PBMRs) all over the country -- and another 10 conventional Pressurised Water Reactors (PWRs), like Koeberg.

"We believe we have to oppose this unilateral decision on the part of the Cabinet to determine a radioactive future for us all. Ordinary communities need to be heard and our Constitutional rights -- especially our right to an environment free of radioactive pollution - must be respected – not eroded."

"We do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis. Available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions than nuclear power."

The more organizations and people sign on, the faster the media and politicians will get the message.

Issued by: Coalition Against Nuclear Energy

ANTI-NUCLEAR GROUPS in this coalition

  • BANG - Bantamsklip Anti-Nuclear Group spokesman Mike Duerr
  • KANG - Kouga Anti-Nuclear Group
  • FACT - For A Cleaner Tomorrow (Thyspunt area) + Ryan Donnelly Tel: 042 2941176 and Daniel Reinecke Tel: 0844 0844 08
  • NAGO - Namkwaland Organisasie vir die Gemeenskap en die Omgewing spokesman Andy Pienaar Tel:  027- 8211546 / 0844601490.
  • Northern Cape SANGOCO - coordinator Charmaine van der Heever
  • NiMBLE - Nelson Mandela Bay Local Environmentalists chairman Greg Smith Tel: 0741165509
  • Pelindaba Working Group – spokesperson Dominique Gilbert Tel: 083-740 4676
  • Eastern Cape Environmental Network – spokesperson Ingela Richardson Tel: 043 7403776
  • Public Environmental Arbiters - spokesperson Mariette Leifferink Tel: 011 781 6152
  • Koesterfontein Action Group (Magaliesburg) - spokesperson Mitchell Krog Tel: 072-495-7257
  • Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) - Director Leila Mohamed Tel: 027-217023622 / 083-789 2923
  • East Coast, KZN North Residents - Malcolm Molver Tel: 079-189 7143
  • INSTITUTE for ZERO WASTE in AFRICA- Muna Lakhani Tel: 031-202-4576
  • Biophile – Anthea Torr Tel: 083-2270269
  • Christine and Rob Garbett (Lanseria/Pelindaba) – Tel: 082657686 / 011-701-3320
  • Fransa Cole (Rhenosterspruit) Tel: 082-9029149
  • David Robert Lewis (Cape Town): Tel: 082-425-1454
  • Michelle Nel (Johannesburg): Tel: 082-795 9565
  • Ruediger Dahlhaeuser (St. Francis Bay) Phone/Fax: 042-2940878 Cell: 083-2830330
  • Mike Kantey – Director Watercourse cc Tel: 072 628 5131

23 August 2007NGOs, community groups and individuals throughout South Africa have formed a national coalition to oppose the expansion of the nuclear industry and to demand a commitment to public parti

Date published: 
Thursday, 23 August, 2007

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