Nuclear Energy Campaign
The Nuclear Energy campaign stands in opposition to the procurement and development of new nuclear power. The construction of a new nuclear plant would mean fewer renewable technologies to be deployed, as well as their delay. The intended outcome of this campaign is to increase the share of renewables to South Africa’s energy mix. The campaign targets national government, media, civil society, Eskom, courts and unions in a bid to shift South Africa away from a nuclear path.
Earthlife Africa Jhb has a very strong and clear position regarding nuclear energy. We do not believe that South Africa should build any more nuclear plants (PMBRs or light-water reactors). Nuclear power is neither safe nor economically viable. Furthermore, it inflicts many, many future generations with the burden of radioactive waste.
Earthlife Africa first launched the court case in October 2015, with the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, challenging the government’s decision to buy 9.6 GW of nuclear power without debating it first in Parliament, thus flouting democratic processes.On 26 April 2017, the Western Cape High Court ruled that the nuclear deal and other energy procurement processes were both illegal and unconstitutional and must be set aside.
For this groundbreaking victory against the Nuclear Energy industry in South Africa Earthlife Africa’s director, Ms. Makoma Lekalakala with SAFCEI’s advisor and former Eco-Justice Lead, Ms. Liz Mc Daid was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa for the year 2018.
- Evaluation of nuclear legislation. The issue of rehabilitation of uranium mine sites in Namibia. The report can be downloaded here. March 23rd, 2015.
- On October 2015, Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institution (SAFCEI) submissions of Founding Affidavit, Notice of Motion and Rule 16A Notice for the legal challenge of the procurement of nuclear energy build.
- Earthlife Africa Jhb’s Submission on the EIA for Nuclear-1 A short leaflet exploding some myths about nuclear energy: nuclear energy myths, ELA Jhb Earthlife Africa’s EIA Submission on the PBMR Demostration Plant: ela-pmbr-eia-submission.
- Steve Thomas 2005 Report on the Economics of the PBMR. Steve Thomas 2009 Article highlighting problems with PBMR technology.
- A series of fact sheets researched and compiled by Muna Lakhani, Earthlife Africa Jhb, 2002: What you need to know about South Africa’s nuclear programme