Presentation on nuclear power at Hermanus town hall

Hermanus talkHermanus talk November 2011

In November 2011, the Save Bantamsklip campaign arranged a public meeting at the Hermanus Town Hall.  There was a good turnout, which included the Executive Mayor of the Overstrand municipality, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie.

Bantamsklip, which is about 40 km from Hermanus, is one of the sites where the South African government is planning to build a nuclear power plant.  Building a nuclear plant on the coast is cheaper, because cooling towers are not needed.  Vast amounts of seawater are pumped into the nuclear station for cooling, and the warm water – about 20°C warmer – is pumped back into the sea.

Peter Becker presented a 30 minute summary of the issues around nuclear power, but due to interest from the floor, this was extended, including question time, to over an hour and a half.

This was followed by an hour interview on Whalecoast radio the next day.  Whalecoast radio also recorded the presentation, and this, combined with a video of the presentation slides, can be viewed on YouTube here:

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