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Karoo Uranium, Fossil Energy Development Defies Water Scarcity & Reason

By Keith Schneider This article appeared in Circle of Blue Renewable energy flourishes while South Africa leadership pursues risky, costly conventional fuels path. GRAAFF-REINET, South Africa-– A contentious idea to use billions of gallons of scarce water to develop natural gas brought Stefan Cramer, a respected German-trained groundwater scientist, to settle in a 19th-century cottage […]

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Analysis: South Africa’s 20-year nuclear family with Russia, courtesy of Tina Joemat-Petterssen

By Marianne Thamm This article was published in Daily Maverick While the nation has been caught up in the meaning and implications of the Constitutional Court ruling that the President and National Assembly had violated the Constitution, alarming details have emerged in a Cape High Court challenge of Government’s secret nuclear deal with Russia which […]

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Court papers detail alleged illegal action by Joemat-Pettersson in Russian nuke deal

By Jan-Jan Joubert This article was published in Times Live A leading environmentalist group and a faith based activist grouping are filing court papers alleging that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson ignored state law advisors and acted unconstitutionally and illegally in not submitting the government’s nuclear deal with Russia to parliament as the Constitution requires. If […]

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Sanity or incompetence?

Press release 6th April 2016 Earthlife Africa Jhburg and Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), responded to the latest news on the nuclear deal, applauding the delay in nuclear procurement, as we understand, was announced by Minister Pettersson today. We understand that, due to missing a technical deadline for issuing a request for proposals […]

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Threat of uranium mining looms

By Dr. Stefan Cramer  This article was published in the Advertiser For years, the focus on shale gas (“fracking”) has dominated the public debate in the Karoo. Yet, the prospects of hundreds of drill rigs across the Karoo remain highly speculative. Too difficult is the geology of the Karoo, too expensive the development of a […]

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Watchdog claims poor public participation

By Sascha Solomons This article appeared in MINING WEEKLY The uranium mining industry is cause for concern and will create significant challenges for the Karoo community near Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, asserts faith-based environmental watchdog Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) science adviser Dr Stefan Cramer. He contends that the community has not […]

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