Published by Sello at May 19, 2015
Around Johannesburg the impact of uranium mining is widely detectable. Huge parts of its population struggling with its Legacy. South Africa is the only African country running two nuclear power stations. One as a source of energy, the second infamous for its accidents. The president Jacob Zuma pushes a program to extend its nuclear capacities by 9600MW in what would be the biggest infrastructural project for the country ever. Other African countries showing interest in nuclear as well. The Legacy and tradition of grassroots protest makes the opposing population a player to count with.
About 2,5 million people are living close to South Africa’s radioactive and toxic mine dump sites, containing high levels of uranium, sulphates, cyanides. The toxic dust finds its way into the food chain by acid mine drainage, leakages and radioactive dust. The sludge is being used for cosmetics, Kids play soccer on radioactive dust, people use polluted water for irrigation. The number of disabled kids is alarmingly high. The industry behind is escaping its responsibilities.
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