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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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Nuclear Case Postponed to February 2017 – Government Ordered to Pay Punitive Costs

NEWS RELEASE 13 DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE: NUCLEAR CASE POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 2017 – GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO PAY PUNITIVE COSTS On 13 December 2016, the Western Cape High Court postponed the challenge by Environmental Justice Groups Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), to the legality of the government’s nuclear […]

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Are SA’s Energy Plans a Threat to Citizens’ Human Rights?

Press Release 9 December Are SA’s Energy Plans a Threat to Citizens’ Human Rights? On Tuesday and Wednesday, 13 & 14 December the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) head to the Cape Town High Court to legally challenge the SA government’s nuclear procurement process, which has been shrouded […]

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“Our ‘People’s Statement’ Aims to Give a Voice to the People of SA” – SAFCEI

After sitting through a painfully disappointing meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Energy on Tuesday, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) gathered a passionate and committed group of South Africans at St Mary’s Cathedral in Cape Town, to draft a statement that outlines their grievances regarding the Department […]

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Parliament going backwards into the dark ages

16 November 2016 Press release: Parliament going backwards into the dark ages According to media reports, Parliament is going to discuss the nuclear deal in secret. This seems to be more nuclear fall-out from the Public Protector’s State Capture report.  First the Cabinet confirmed that the nuclear procurement deal will be Eskom’s to run with, then […]

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Those without integrity must be held accountable

14 November 2016 Press release: Those without integrity must be held accountable One month after the Public Protector’s State Capture report was released, the fallout continues. This last week has seen interesting revelations, rumours and counters, with a good dose of threats. SAFCEI welcomes Brian Molefe’s resignation as one step on the road to accountable government.  […]

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