Join the call to Stop the Secret Nuclear Deal!
The proposed nuclear deal has been shrouded in secrecy from the very start. Decisions have been made behind closed doors and secret deals have been struck with Russia and others. So the legitimacy of the procurement process has already been undermined. Government commissioned a study on the affordability and funding of the Nuclear Deal but Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson won’t release it to the public. The report is secret! There has been no public consultation to allow South Africans the opportunity to raise their voices and concerns. Instead we have confusion, lack of transparency and dodgy deals.
South Africa’s proposed Nuclear Deal will be the biggest deal in SA’s democracy. It could cost up to 1-trillion Rand that should be spent on jobs and service delivery, and open the door to widespread corruption!
THE PLAN IS OUT OF DATE & DODGY!
SA’s plan to build nuclear power plants is based on an outdated and dodgy energy plan! It has nothing to do with energy and everything to do with making politically connected people rich! Renewable energy and South Africa’s lower energy demand mean that nuclear is not needed. The most recent plan from the Minister of Energy (the Integrated Resource Plan 2016) says that new nuclear investments would not be needed before 2037.
SO, WHY IS GOVERNMENT PUSHING FOR THE NUCLEAR DEAL? THE DEAL WILL BANKRUPT US!
The nuclear option is expensive with an estimated starting price of R1 trillion! This could be much more as across the world, nuclear projects often run into huge cost overruns and delays. In a country that is finding it difficult to cover the costs of basic education and health – a nuclear build will cripple our economy and keep us in debt for decades. It is estimated that we would have to pay R100 billion a year to cover the loans for nuclear.
THE PLAN IS FULL OF FALSE PROMISES!
The Nuclear Deal has come with many FALSE promises:
- That it will end our energy crisis
- That it will create large numbers of jobs
- That it will follow a transparent and accountable process.
The truth tells another story:
- Renewable energy is cheaper and can meet our demands if there is greater political will.
- Globally, the construction of nuclear power stations has been far over budget and over time.
- There will be minimal job creation, mostly for engineers and skilled workers.
- Renewable Energy projects hold the promise of at least 100 000 jobs.
WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!
- Why nuclear energy when South Africa has readily available and cheaper renewable energy options?
- Can South Africa afford R1 trillion for nuclear when there is such a need for further investment on basic social and economic needs and services?
- Why is the government so intent on buying nuclear energy when most countries are opting for renewable energy? • Who stands to benefit from the nuclear deal?
- Why has government been so secret about the nuclear procurement process: what are they hiding?
SAY NO TO SECRECY!
SO NO TO THE NUCLEAR DEAL!
Right2Know supports Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) in their legal challenge to uncover the procurement secrets.Find out more about their case and the related campaign at www.nuclearcostssa.org We call for an end to this nuclear secrecy and demand a transparent and accountable process. The people have a right2know!
Thursday 8 December
Durban Public meeting
Austerville Civic Centre
For more info, contact Desmond D’Sa: 031 461 1991
Tuesday 13 December
Cape Town: Picket at the Western Cape High Court
35 Keerom Street
For more info, contact SAFCEI office: 021 701 8145 or Vainola Makan (Right2Know): 062 014 4969
Note: this picket is scheduled to continue on 14 December
Tuesday 13 December
Johannesburg: Picket at ESKOM Megawatt Park
1 Maxwell Dr, Sandton
For more info, contact General Moyo (Right2Know): 0715290675
Wednesday 14 December
Durban: Picket outside the Department of Mineral Resources
For more information contact:
Des D’Sa (SDCEA): (031) 461 1991
Precious Mazibuko (Right2Know): 084 023 8053