“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…

 

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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People’s Statement on Nuclear

On the 29th and 30th November, SAFCEI, together with Earthlife Africa and the Heinrich Boell Foundation held a People’s Hearing where affected communities and civil society could make their voice heard. Together a People’s Statement was written which civil society handed over to Parliament, outlining the many concerns with the nuclear deal.   People’s Statement […]

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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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Eskom will be unable to get the nuclear package it has promised the nation

By Professor Emeritus Steve Thomas This article was published in Business Day Live Utility cannot square the circle of financing, timing and electricity cost without being someone’s guinea pig After the latest failure in September of the South African government to issue a request for proposal for new nuclear power plants, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson […]

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Revealed: The CSIR’s outlook for South Africa’s future electricity mix

By Chris Yelland, published in the Daily Maverick In the absence of an update to the outdated national Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, IRP2010-2030, the CSIR Energy Centre has presented its own study to re-optimise the South African power capacity and energy mix from 2016 to 2040. By CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor, EE Publishers. The […]

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Eskom seems compromised in nuclear deal

By Neil Overy This article appeared in Business Day Live An overwhelming amount of recent research demonstrates that SA’s state-owned entities (SOEs) such as Eskom, fall far short of their constitutional obligations in terms of oversight. For example, in 2011, a joint report by PwC, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and the Development […]

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