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Uranium mining threatens South Africa‘s iconic Karoo

By Dr Stefan Cramer This article was published in The Ecologist Almost entirely unknown to the outside world, and even to most local residents, hundresd of square kilometres of South Africa’s Karoo dryland have been brought up by uranium mining companies, writes Dr Stefan Cramer. With no strategic assesment of the industry’s devastating impacts and […]

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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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Nuclear likely to increase electricity prices, not decrease

“There is a 94% chance that electricity prices will be higher by 2030 as a result of nuclear commitment; with negative impacts on growth, employment and welfare.  Consumers are likely to bear the burden of the investment higher electricity prices and decreased employment.” This is one of the findings of the study that Earthlife Africa Johannesburg […]

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Uranium Mining: Stirring up worries

By Charlotte Mathews This article was originally published in Financial Mail ANOTHER threat to the vast, stark beauty and environmental health of the dry Karoo is looming. Some believe it may be even more serious in the long term than extraction of shale gas through fracking. Peninsula Energy, an Australian-listed company, has begun a pre-feasibility […]

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Why SA does not need nuclear energy

By: Matthew le Cordeur, Fin24 South Africa’s renewable energy programme will deliver enough electricity on time and on budget without the risk of nuclear accidents, a protesting environmentalist said on Wednesday. David le Page of Fossil Free South Africa was protesting outside Parliament along with peers who were demanding transparency from the government regarding the funding […]

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Morality shut out of energy debate

How ironic! As I walked into the parliamentary energy portfolio committee meeting in my episcopal shirt and collar, I heard an African National Congress MP saying, “I don’t know why theologians express views on nuclear. They don’t know anything about nuclear energy and should stay in their churches”, or something to that effect. What an […]

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