The conference was a great success, and thank you to all who helped. You can read about what was planned here, and we have started work on a report back page here, which includes the presentations. You can also view our Declaration for a Nuclear Power Free Africa here.
We are urgently looking for volunteers to help with various follow up activities after the conference. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join in saying YES to renewable energy and NO to nuclear power
THESE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY…
- The South Africa government is planning to spend an estimated R1 trillion building 6 nuclear power reactors on the coast, and two of these are planned for Koeberg (28km North of Cape Town centre).
- R1 trillion (R1 000 billion) is a huge amount of money. Compare this to the initial estimated cost of the arms deal of just R29 billion (which eventually cost over R70 billion).
- Events at Fukushima in Japan have shown what the consequences of a nuclear accident can be. Over 1000km2 have been evacuated due to radioactive contamination, and residents there may never be able to return to their homes.
- In Cape Town, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to evacuate the same area around Koeberg, and currently there is no plan to do this. (The Koeberg Emergency Response Plan only deals with an area 16km around Koeberg, whereas at Fukushima it has been necessary to evacuate a 20km radius. Note that US citizens were advised to evacuate an 80km radius!)
- Insurance policies do not cover this loss of property value. Home owners would be obliged to continue paying their mortgages, but their homes would be uninhabitable, and worthless.
- There is no need to take this risk: this money could be spent on renewables and energy efficiency. For example, a 100MW wind farm can be built for less than R2 billion, and could be fully online within three years. Renewable energy can create far more direct, long term jobs than nuclear energy.
- Nuclear high level waste is an unsolved problem. Already there are over 1000 tons of high level waste being kept at Koeberg (30 tons per year), because there is no plan to deal with it. The current ‘plan’ is to leave it for future generations to sort out. Is this ethically acceptable?
- We have huge resources of wind and sun, and therefore we do not need to take the risk of a nuclear disaster happening here!
- There is also no need to leave our children with a legacy of toxic radioactive waste.
Please sign up to be kept informed, to join in telling our government that we want renewable energy, and to say
NO to a new nuclear power station being built at Koeberg!