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CSIR proposes electricity mix for IRP 2016 which excludes nuclear power

For the latest Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity in South Africa, IRP 2016, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) proposes a “Least Cost”, unconstrained scenario, or a “Decarbonised” scenario, both of which exclude nuclear power in the electricity mix to 2050. This is an executive summary of its full submission and response to […]

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Nuclear Deal Blocked! Judgement made on the South African Government’s Secret Trillion-Rand Nuclear Court Case

26th April 2017 “Victory for justice and the rule of law and the people of South Africa”, is how Makoma Lekalakala of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) summed up the court judgement. After over a year and a half of court preparation for justice, ELA-JHB and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) were finally […]

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Secret Trillion-Rand Nuclear Deal Case Judgement to be Delivered on 26th April 2017

On the eve of Freedom Day at 9:45 am tomorrow, the Western Cape High Court will deliver its judgement in the nuclear deal court case brought by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)  against the South African government. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and SAFCEI launched their nuclear court case in October […]

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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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‘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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“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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