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 conference@koebergalert.org.


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  • 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.

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8 responses to “Home

  1. The govt is planning to spend R400bn on 6 nuclear power plants, not R1 trillion. The amount of R400bn is a huge amount of money. The amount of R1 trillion is absurd, and it would not even be financially possible. It was a quote from the Minister of Energy who is clearly out of her depth. Let’s say that R400bn is probably an underestimate.The KAA website needs to be seen as a reliable source of information if it is going to keep out of government’s sleep-walk.

  2. Hey Peter
    Thanks for all your good work in the trenches at the Japanese front of this war on terror. Nuclear is indeed terrible. I cannot see one single advantage of nuclear energy and all it does is to terrify the people.
    Peter I know that there are many greater minds than mine working on this, and we do need more action than words, but please may I add my bit.

    1. It is prudent to delay the nuclear decision for a number of reasons. Prudence is the wise, intelligent choice. Not to be prudent is stupid, and we don’t want to support a stupid government. (Even if free energy is buried for another few years, and I cannot believe it will be, see Nassiem Haramiens work, and John Hutchison, and Tesla did it 100 years ago. Even Mbeki wants the truth to be set free. He knows that free energy will revolutionize the lifestyle of his people and be a great social leveler, because a few years ago free energy devices were sent to the heads of state of many countries around the world. There are too many clever people speaking about free energy right now for it to take too long to come out commercially.)
    Prudence financially (until we know we cant get any cheaper power), prudence health-wise (until we know that nuclear is safe), prudence ecologically (until we know that nuclear can be sustainable), prudence developmentally (until we know that we can rehabilitate the site when the uranium runs out)
    2. It is imperative that research and development money is spent on sustainable technology = renewables to reduce our impact on this planet, and a good reason to stop this nuclear bill is because nuclear spending will limit the money available for renewable technologies.
    3. I heard that there are now nuclear residential units available, sealed… I wonder what they do with the waste? This must be stopped before it goes too far. They probably recycle the waste into dirty bombs and sell their by-products. Nuclear is very profitable. And there is no-one saying you cant make profits, but there is also no-one saying you cant make profits responsibly… to our fellow man, to animals, the environment and to future generations, and in fact to our very survival on this planet.
    4. Most people know that the reason to push any deal through is for the financial gain. The reason the SA govt wants to push the nuclear deal through now is because the sooner they do it the more likely it is to happen sentiment-wise, and while they are still in office and the more likely they are to score from the deal. We will find out who has gained from pushing the nuclear energy decision through at the expense of the country and its people and take them to task.
    5. But my recent revelation that will make a big difference is that I have noticed that demand is dropping off. People will make a plan to get their power elsewhere when the price goes up as is has. Everyone is starting to become energy-conscious and wants to reduce their energy bill. I have been speaking to many these holidays to whom finding a viable alternative to their power expense is their most pressing issue.

    Hope this helps the decision-makers to see reason enough to act for their country and not selfishly.
    Rod Tritton

  3. Come on guys, how will we attract investment if we dont have power to manufacture. Renewable energy is the way forward but we cant rule out proven technology as an intermediatry between dirty coal and future hi yield renewables…

    • Of course we need power, no-one has denied that. Since renewable energy is the way forward, lets make it work! Sinking hundreds of billion rand into a nuclear industry is not going to help us go forward with that.

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