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Energy department faces legal ordeal on nuclear energy deal

By Carol Paton This article appeared in BDLive THE curious developments on government’s nuclear energy procurement programme last month have sunk the Department of Energy deeper into a legal mess. Already, an attempt to challenge the legality and constitutionality of the process has been lodged: Earthlife and the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Initiative (Safcei) […]

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Why SA should not build 8 new nuclear power stations

By Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics, University of Johannesburg It has been an eventful year in South Africa, characterised by power cuts, parliamentary confrontations about wasteful expenditure and student fee protests. There has, however, been a massive elephant in the room that has impacted all these issues but enjoyed surprisingly scarce attention. The idea, vigorously driven by […]

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Environmental groups take govt to task over nuclear secrecy

This article appeared on Engineering News By: NATASHA ODENDAAL Environmental justice organisations Earthlife Africa and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) have taken to the courts to force government to make public its nuclear plans and follow a “fair and transparent” process in pursuing its nuclear ambitions. The parties this week issued an application […]

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Environmental groups take energy minister to court over nuclear agreements

This article appeared on eNCA JOHANNESBURG – While South Africa has signed a number of intergovernmental framework agreements with Russia, China, South Korea and the USA on the country’s planned nuclear development, environmental groups say they are frustrated with the lack of transparency. On Monday, they filed court papers challenging the constitutionality of the agreements. […]

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NGOs take government to court over nuclear plans

This article appeared on Fin24 Oct 15 2015 Siseko Njobeni Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) Earthlife Africa Jhb and the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institution (SAFCEI) have approached courts to challenge government’s plans to procure nuclear reactors. The organisations are challenging various aspects of the nuclear procurement process. Liziwe McDaid of SAFCEI on Thursday said the […]

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SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Jhb Court Action

  Court papers 4-august-2016-letter-to-snr-state-attorney-earthlife-africa-jhb-v-minister-of-energy Letter-from-state-lawyers-refusing-request ELA-JHB SAFCEI Supplementary Founding Affidavit ELA-JHB SAFCEI Annexures to Supplementary Founding Affidavit Nuclear draft notice of motion Nuclear founding affidavit Read the Rule 16A notice here   Press releases 9 September 2016: Nuclear procurement – government ignores court case 18 August 2016: Nuclear court case – more missing documents requested 29 […]

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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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Prof Steve Thomas hits back at Rosatom claims

VLADIMIR SLIVYAK very effectively contests some of the points made by Viktor Polikarpov on behalf of Rosatom. There are a couple of important issues Slivyak did not have space to bring up. Polikarpov claims that: “Nuclear energy is gradually replacing the traditional energy sources in the energy balance of countries. The share of nuclear energy […]

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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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