The South African Government continues to assert that nuclear energy is safe, clean and a solution to climate change. But, it is not. There is no way to deal with high-level nuclear waste that nuclear power plants produce. It can only be stored and will continue to exist for thousands of years. Future generations will be left to deal with the costs of the high level waste and the environmental risks that emanate from it.


Koeberg produces about 30 tons of high-level waste per year, and all of it is currently stored at Koeberg – over 1000 tons of waste. If not stored properly, the waste can melt, and also ‘go critical’, which would result in a nuclear explosion. Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant is located just 40km from Cape Town. Let’s keep South Africa safe from nuclear disaster.


Koeberg is the only commercial nuclear plant in operation in South Africa and in Africa. But, if we act now and let government know that we do not want nuclear energy in our energy future, we can change that. Safcei is running a Just Clean Energy campaign. We need your help. Let government know that you say no to nuclear energy and yes to just clean energy!

#NuclearFreeSA #JustCleanEnergy #JustTransition

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Nuclear Energy Timeline

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  • 1993

    South Africa starts developing the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) together with international partners.

  • 2006

    SA government announced that it was considering building an additional conventional nuclear plant, possibly at Koeberg.

  • 2007

    Eskom board approves a plan in early 2007 to double the country’s generation capacity to 80GWe by 2025

  • 2007-2008

    In late 2007 to early 2008, Eskom was hit by supply constraints, which resulted in loadshedding and subsequently sparked a nationwide drive to decrease electricity demand.

  • 2008

    Procurement process of Nuclear-1, a turn-key project, kicked off and Areva’s EPR and Westinghouse AP1000 were short-listed.

  • Late 2008

    Eskom announced that it would not proceed with either of the bids from Areva and Westinghouse, due to the lack of finance.

  • 2010

    Despite the cancelation of the Nuclear-1 bidding process, the EIA process continued and a draft environmental impact report (EIR) was published in March 2010, recommending the Thyspunt site in the Eastern Cape province near Oyster Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay and Cape St Francis.  

  • 2010

    In October of that year, the Department of Energy released its draft Integrated Electricity Resource Plan (IRP) for 2010-2030, outlining the country’s electricity demand; how this demand might be supplied; and what it is likely to cost. Its balanced scenario represents the best trade-off between least-investment cost, climate change mitigation,..Read More

  • 2014

    Russia signs nuclear procurement agreement with South Africa

  • 2015

    SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa JHB take SA government to court

  • 26 April 2017

    SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa JHB successfully block the Nuclear deal

  • 2018

    Green light for new nuclear plant near Koeberg

  • 2018

    Earthlife Africa JHB, Greenpeace Africa and SAFCEI jointly file an appeal of the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Duynefontein nuclear plant Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Nuclear

  • 2020

    SA’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced it will be working on a roadmap to get 2500 MWe (megawatts) of new nuclear 2020 – Greenpeace Africa and Earthlife Africa (JHB) jointly file an appeal of the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Duynefontein nuclear plant.

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