Global Day of Action 11 November 2017 – Press release

EARTHLIFE AFRICA-JHB leads  in the global day of action against nuclear

Johannesburg, 10 November 2017 – The United Nations Climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn, Germany, have the nuclear industry and lobbyists pushing for nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. Earthlife Africa-Jhb calls on all governments to take a bold stand, guided by science and economics,  against  nuclear energy as it is not a climate solution.

Earthlife Africa-Jhb, supported by Greenpeace Africa and other partner organisations will be marching  in Johannesburg on Saturday 11 November 2017,  for the global day of action on climate change at the midpoint of the climate negotiations. The key demand is for the South African government to abandon their plans to build new nuclear reactors given the exorbitant cost to the economy and the environment.

Nomalizo Xhoma, Earthlife Africa’s programme officer said:

“Nuclear is a false solution that will lock us into a future shaped by the degradation of our environment and a shame to our economy.  Human activities are causing climate change and recent climate events demands that there is global action. The negotiations in Bonn need to come up with solutions that can deal with the catastrophe now. Climate change must not only be dealt with annually at an international meeting. We are all affected by climate change, it does not discriminate.”

“Nuclear is never safe, and all International experience has shown that nuclear never delivers on time or on budget. Corruption and vested interests are the only things still driving the nuclear agenda in South Africa, rational decision-making would mean that nuclear would not even be under consideration in South Africa. Greenpeace believes that it is crystal clear that renewable energy is the cheapest and best option for South Africa. We call on the South African government to step away from nuclear”, added Penny-Jane Cooke, campaigner at Greenpeace Africa.

Earthlife Africa-Jhb is calling on South Africans to join the march against climate change and against nuclear energy. The march will start at 10:00am from the Westgate Taxi Rank in Johannesburg. The route will go past the banks who are funding climate change pollution, namely, Standard bank on Pixley ka Seme (Sauer) street and Nedbank on Rissik and Albertina Sisulu street. The march will end at 13:00 at the Eskom Regional Office at 204 Smit Street in Braamfontein.



Nomalizo Xhoma, Program Officer, Cell: +27 76 246 0352, email:

Thabo Sibeko, Education Officer, Cell: +27 83 358 9182, email:

Lerato Ngakane, Communications Officer Greenpeace, Cell: 082 614 2676, email:


Global Day of Action – 11 November 2017

While the UNFCCC COP23 meeting is taking place is Bonn, Germany; we want to make it clear that the South African public cannot afford and don’t need any new nuclear builds.

With government pushing for more nuclear energy as a solution to climate change; it is important for the South African public and civil society to raise a unified voice clearly saying:” No to nuclear energy” ! 


22 May 2017

It is Final! No More 1 Trillion Nuclear Deal

The Western Cape High Court (WCHC) delivered its judgement in the nuclear deal court case
brought by ELA-JHB and SAFCEI against the South African government on the eve of Freedom
Day and on the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The timing of the judgement, before
this important day in South Africa’s history and on the day of the nuclear disaster in Russia,
adds to the sense of justice being done. The WCHC’s ruling is a landmark victory not only for civil
society, environmentalists and concerned citizens, but it is a victory for the Constitution, the rule
of law and the people of South Africa, because not only is it preventing our country from going
into unnecessarily large debt but it is also exposing large scale corruption between the top brass
of South Africa and their international counterparts. Due to this WCHC ruling the future of our
country’s fragile economy is at least for now stable.

The Western Cape High Court Ruling are as follows:
· All International Governmental agreements between South Africa and Russia, the United
States of America, France, China and South Korea have been cancelled.
· The Nuclear Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) applications for expanding nuclear or any
other energy source to the energy grid of South Africa must be resubmitted from scratch.
· The court also determined that all signed agreements by the Minister of Energy, the President
of South Africa and the foreign counterparts are unlawful and violates various sections
of the constitution and the rule of law.
· The government and Eskom’s proposed procurement of nuclear energy was ruled unlawful
and unconstitutional and was set aside, and any existing requests for proposals from nuclear
energy providers have also been set aside, meaning they are made null and void.
· The judges declared that the government’s decision (section 34 determination) must have
public participation as a part of its procurement process, and that Eskom as
the procurer has been set aside, which means Eskom cannot go ahead with
the nuclear procurement. In future the Minister and/or the
National Energy Regulator (NERSA) would be required to conduct
public participation before making any new decisions.
· Before any nuclear procurement can proceed, the Minster of Energy (in concurrence with
NERSA) will be required to make a new determination in accordance with a lawful process
that is transparent and includes public participation. This will necessarily require disclosure of
relevant information that to date has been kept from the public, including critical information
on costs and afford-ability.
· The court also made sure that any energy deal of such a big scale must be scheduled in for
parliamentary debate and may only proceed if parliament is in agreement with such a matter.
· To put it plainly, all applications, debates, deliberations, public participation process as well as
any other issue linked to the nuclear procurement deal must be scrapped and have to be
started over from the beginning.

What are the options for a way forward?
Even though the newly appointed Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko
Kubayi, stated on Saturday te 13th of May that she will not be
appealing the Western Cape High Court’s ruling on the matter of
nuclear energy, the struggle is still far from over. Our next task is
stopping nuclear expansion in the energy mix which warrants
another court case.
Therefore we must initiate mass mobilisation and awareness campaigns
to the strengthen the anti-nuclear expansion movement and
make sure that voices of the people are heard louder than those of
corporate interest within government. Only we the
people of South Africa can ensure that no deal such as this will never
come to pass ever gain.
In short anything to do with nuclear energy procurement have to be stopped
and all processes involved must be started all over again from the beginning.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Project Officer

Tel:   +27 11 339 3662
Cell:  +27 82 682 9177
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