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“Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein, who resigned from parliament in protest over the bribes compatriots took from South Africa’s infamous R70bn Arms Procurement Deal, says that plundering will “seem like small change” against what’s planned from the proposed Nuclear Build programme. In our interview two months ago, Feinstein urged his countrymen to “take to the streets”. He believes concerted action by civil society is the only way to stop political insiders driving through a deal with Russia that’s certain to bankrupt the country….. Watch it. Or be prepared to repent at leisure.” – Alec Hogg (source: BizNews)

SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Jhb have been active in opposing this potentially corrupt nuclear deal since 2014, when the organisations became concerned by the indications given that South Africa’s energy future was being decided behind closed doors by foreign business interests. Read more…


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Court papers & press releases from SAFCEI/ELA court case

Court papers Earthlife & SAFCEI Oral Note for Argument 22 Feb final ELA & SAFCEI – DoE Resp Heads of Argument 2 Dec 2016 ELA & SAFCEI – DoE Resp Supplementary Heads of Argument 7 Feb 17 Earthlife supplementary heads 30 Jan 2017 final Order-Granted-13-December-2016 18-11-2016-ELA-SAFCEI-MoE-applicants-heads DoE-in-re-ELA-SAFCEI-resp-HoA ELA-et-al-v-MoE-et-al-pleadings ELA-SAFCEI-final-replying-affidavit Earthlife & SAFCEI-v-Dept-Energy_answering-affidavit 4-august-2016-letter-to-snr-state-attorney-earthlife-africa-jhb-v-minister-of-energy Letter-from-state-lawyers-refusing-request ELA-JHB […]

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#StopSecretTrillionRandDeals march

The day of action around the court hearing of the Earthlife Africa Jhb and SAFCEI nuclear court case had a great turnout and we had representatives from organisations all over the country join to speak out against #SecretTrillionRandDeals. In Johannesburg and Pretoria, further supporters gathered at the Department of Energy and the Eskom offices. Some […]

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Save the Budget (and the Country), Minister Gordhan. Say ‘No!’ To Nuclear

NEWS RELEASE  22 FEBRUARY 2017 This morning, 22 February 2017, as the rest of the country waits with baited breath for Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan to present his budget speech, Earthlife-Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) and the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI), along with hundreds of ‘anti-nuclear deal’ supporters (young and old alike) will march from […]

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Scrap nuclear power, expand renewable energy sources, urges Archbishop Makgoba

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has appealed to the South African government to scrap plans for developing nuclear energy and instead to spend the money on education, training and other development initiatives. The archbishop said in a statement issued from the church’s Synod of Bishops today: “The Synod of […]

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The Largest Nuclear Procurement In SA To Date Is In The Hands of The Western Cape High Court

By Sam Sole & Micah Reddy* The brinkmanship over Government’s controversial decision to procure up to 9,600MW of nuclear power capacity is set to be exposed in the Western Cape High Court from February 22 to 24. Two applicants in the case, Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), are challenging […]

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Invitation to Civil Action

Dear Friends, In December 2016, Earthlife Africa Jhb (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) took government to court to overturn the secret nuclear deal – a deal which threatens to bankrupt our country, leaving nothing for social (or any other) development for the foreseeable future. The case was postponed and the next court hearing […]

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Is nuclear energy really the ‘cheapest source of electricity’?

The South African government’s nuclear ambitions are controversial. But are they likely to provide the country with the “cheapest source of electricity”, as claimed by the national power utility’s CEO? Researched by Vinayak Bhardwaj* The South African government’s nuclear ambitions have been dogged by controversy with questions about the secrecy surrounding procurement discussions and the […]

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Warning: How Eskom plans to finance nuclear power could hammer taxpayers – expert

Eskom boss Brian Molefe is a very smart man when it comes to numbers and assessing an investment opportunity – which is why he was chief executive officer at the state’s Public Investment Corporation, South Africa’s largest asset manager, for seven years. Molefe has qualifications in commerce and economics and a wealth of experience in […]

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‘Rogue’ power firm threatens fastest renewable expansion

Paul Burkhardt & Mike Cohen* Opposition from state power utility Eskom and government infighting threaten to sabotage the world’s fastest-growing green energy programme. Eskom is stalling on signing government-brokered deals to buy renewable energy from private producers, encouraged to develop capacity after outages over the past eight years. With the economy in the doldrums, the […]

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