Published by eljhbadmin at August 24, 2015
SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, have briefed our legal team and are asking for everyone’s help. We need to raise 1.5 million to prepare and run a court case to help stop the procurement of nuclear energy for South Africa. We are looking for donors, both international and local, and because government is rushing to sign procurement deals, we need to raise the money now! We ask for your contributions – the smallest donations are welcome. Every rand counts!
We cannot compromise our sovereignty or energy security with contracts that commit all South Africans, for generations to come, to some of the most expensive and risky energy technology in the world.
Affordable electricity that does not endanger our environment is essential for our wellbeing. Yet, right now a nuclear programme priced at R1 trillion is being promoted by South Africa’s government. Secret deals with foreign governments for about 8 new nuclear stations (9.6GW), are being negotiated by President Zuma and the Dept. of Energy.
The Government’s own draft electricity plan update queries any need for nuclear. South Africa’s treasury is asking questions around the financial viability of these deals. Meanwhile the state owned electricity supplier ESKOM is unable to manage its current responsibilities and is repeatedly asking for for electricity consumers to bail them out of their financial woes through ever increasing tariffs. In 2008 Eskom abandoned a tender for two nuclear reactors because they were seen as unaffordable and nothing has been shown by government to have changed since then. Our national energy policies call for detailed analysis before pursuing nuclear energy.
Our lawyers are engaging with the Minister of Energy, but (depending on the response received, if any) in the interim are gearing up to launch a High Court application aimed at ensuring that the procurement of nuclear power plants does not occur in a corrupt or otherwise unlawful fashion.
We need your help to make this possible, so please contribute to our nuclear campaign at this very critical point in time. The smallest donations are welcome!