About KAA

The Koeberg Alert Alliance (KAA) is a group of organisations and individuals concerned about nuclear reactors at Koeberg (which is 28 km from Cape Town) and opposed to the building of further nuclear reactors at Koeberg,

The KAA has been very active in participating in the Environmental Impact Assessment Process (EIA) process for Nuclear-1, and seeks to inform Capetonians about the issues around Nuclear Power, and spread information about the latest status of Koeberg.

The KAA has also launched PAIA applications, such as for the Koeberg Emergency Response plan, which was refused by Eskom in 2010.

Koeberg Alert was initially formed in 1983 and started out as a local campaign against South Africa’s nuclear programme, in particular the construction of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. Koeberg Alert was possibly the country’s first activist green movement, apart from Nan Rice’s Dolphin Action and Protection Group. For years it was allied to the broader democratic and anti-apartheid movement. It currently organises various anti-nuclear campaigns, engages with Nuclear related public participation processes, and lobbies decision makers.

It was reformed at the end of 2009, primarily as a Facebook group.  Group membership grew rapidly to several hundred.  The first event was one of the most challenging: presenting to a hostile audience of officials from Eskom, the Department of Energy and the NNR as well as top Areva staff, at the conference Prospects for nuclear expansion conference, in Johannesburg.  Here is a full list of events, and press coverage:




Feb 18th 2010


Presentation at Prospects for nuclear expansion conference, Joburg

Mar 8th 19h30 Public meeting and presentation, Josephine’s Mill, Newlands
Mar 25th 19h30 Public presentation, Community Centre, Hout Bay
Mar Day Photoshoot with Hout Bay school children, for local press
Mar 31st 13h00 Public presentation, IDASA building, Cape Town
Mar 31st 18h00 Screening of Uranium Road, and discussion, Cape Town
Apr 7th 13h00 Public presentation, IDASA building, Cape Town
Apr 7th 18h00 Screening of Buried in Earthskin, and discussion, Cape Town

Apr 15th

12h00 Debate vs Andrew Kenny at UCT sustainable devel. course

Apr 15th

19h00 Co-present with Patrick Dowling (WESSA) to Space Munkeez

Apr 17th

11h00 Meet Reddam learners re debate, EIR submissions, other actions
Apr 19th 17h00 – 20h00 KAA Table at EIR public meeting, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
Apr 19th 10h00 – 13h00 Nuclear-1 EIR stakeholder meeting, Atlantic Beach Golf Club
Apr 20th 17h00 – 20h00 Nuclear-1 EIR public meeting, Atlantic Beach Golf Club
Apr 21st 17h00 – 20h00 Nuclear-1 EIR public meeting, Thusong Community Centre, Atlantis
Apr 22nd 8h00 – 09h30 Reddam school: address senior pupils re nuclear power dangers
Apr 23rd 12h00 – 13h00 Street protest outside parliament, Carte Blanche footage
Apr 26th 16h00 – 18h00 Hout Bay street protest
May 3rd 13h00 – 13h45 Energy in SA presentation, UCT RW James bldg
May 7th 09h30 – 15h00 Idasa meeting re IRP2
May 10th 10h30 – 11h30 Presentation to Prov minister of environment
Jun 8th 17h00 – 20h00 Reddam school presentation and debate
Sep 2nd 09h00 – 10h00 Meet Omphi Apahne (DoE DDG) at Reddhan school with pupils
Oct 14th 13h00 – 15h00 UCT debate vs Andrew Kenny for sustainable dev. course
Nov 29th 15h45 – 16h15 Presentation to IRP board re IRP2010
Dec 1st 18h30-20h30 Hout Bay Green drinks presentation re IRP2010
Apr 20th
11h00 – 11h30 Right 2 Know campaign presentation re Koeberg Emergency plan
May 5th 12h00 – 13h00 UCT debate vs Andrew Kenny at UCT for sustainable dev. course
May 8th 11h00 – 12h30 Project 90×2030 presentation to schools club
May 25th 18h00 – 21h30 Nuclear-1 EIR presentation in Melkbostrand
Jun 8th 19h00 – 20h30 Hout Bay Greendrinks presentation re Japan & SA nuclear plans
Jul 29th – 30th All day Nulcear summit in Plettenberg Bay
Aug 26th 11h00 – 15h00 Alliance partners meeting at Idasa
Sep 29th 15h30 – 17h30 Alliance partners meeting at WESSA

Oct 1st

09h00 – 13h00 Visit with Project 90 school club to Koeberg open day.(Almost marched off the site by security guards!)
Oct 14th 11h30 – 12h30 Presentation to EGI group
Oct 29th 08h00 – 18h00 Hout Bay Green Faire: Petition launch, Art for a Renewable future
Nov 2nd 19h00 – 21h00 Hout Bay Green Drinks: A nuclear future for Cape Town?
Nov 5th 13h30 – 14h00 Novalis Ubuntu institute presentation re nuclear power in SA
Nov 8th 19h00 – 21h00
Presentation to Rotary club Melkbosstrand, at Koeberg Club
Nov 18th – 20th  All day Stall at GReen Expo, CTICC
Nov 21  18h00 – 20h30 Presentation at Hermanus municipal hall
Nov 22  10h00 – 11h00 Live interview with Whale Coast Radio
Nov 22  15h00 Recorded interview at CTV studio in Observatory
Nov 21  18h00 – 20h30 Presentation at Hermanus municipal hall
Nov 24  10h00 – 16h00 Workshop with R2K activists at AIDC
Nov 28 Travel to COP17 in Durban
Nov 29  14h00 – 15h00 Presentation at Diakonia centre
Dec 3  10h00 – 14h00 March at COP17 with banner, hand out pamphlets
Dec 12  10h00 – 16h00 Second workshop with R2K activists at AIDC
Jan 10 – 19  2012 Travel to Japan for Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World
Mar 5  18h15 Host Nuclear Medley showing at the Labia
Mar 6  18h15 Nuclear Disasters photographic exhibition opening
Mar 7  18h15 Host Nuclear Medley showing at the Labia
Mar 8  09h00 – 16h00 Host Global Conference: Nuclear Power for Africa? NGO day
Mar 9  09h00 – 16h00 Host Global Conference: Nuclear Power for Africa? public day
Mar 10  11h00 – 13h00 Nuclear Disasters photographic exhibition walk through
Mar 11  09h00 – 16h00 Show Into Eternity at the Labia
Mar 17  12h00 – 13h00 Address Miss Earth entrants re nuclear power in South Africa

 Main stream press coverage



14th Oct 1999

Koeberg Alert fights plan for new reactor

Cape Times

29th Jan 2010

Article re Poster in schools about nuclear energy

Cape Times

10th Feb 2010 Anti-nuclear group opposes visit by ageing British subhttp://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5344774 Cape Times
? Feb 2010 Letters page Cape Times
March 10th 2010 Eskom nukes the Cape”


March 19th 2010 Article re the NNR, HMS Sceptre and KAA Cape Times, front page
March 19th 2010 Article re the NNR, HMS Sceptre and KAA The Argus
March 19th 2010

Article re the NNR, HMS Sceptre and KAA

Ageing nuke sub may dock in SA”

The Mercury
April 4th 2010

Sound bite re HMS Sceptre

SAFM Radio
April 6th 2010

News segment re HMS Sceptre

SABC TV news
April 6th 2010

Talk show re Darling Wind farm and SA energy

UCT Talk radio
April 13th 2010

News segment re NNPT treaty and SA nuke power

eTV morning news
April ? 2011

Right 2 Know meeting

Mail & Guardian
May ? 2011

Nuclear-1 EIA process and EIR

eTV national news
Aug 9th 2011

Letter criticising EIR

Cape Times

Nukes to cost the Earth

Amandla Magazine
Nov 8th

Koeberg Disaster Plan Kept From View

Cape Times
Jan 5th

Koeberg Must Makes its Emergency Plan Known

Die Burger
Feb 3 2012

Koeberg’s Emergency Plan Comes Under Fire

Business Day
Feb 3 2012

Organisations against nuclear power want to stand together

Die Burger
Feb 3 2012

Koeberg safety protocol ‘outdated’

Cape Times
Mar 26 2012 Interview re Chernobyl and Fukushima photographic exhibition Fine Music Radio

2 responses to “About KAA

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