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The South African government is trying to push through a nuclear deal at the expense of transparency, due process, public accountability, and the economy.
SAFCEI & Earthlife Africa Jhb will take the SA government to court on 13&14 December, to challenge the legality of the nuclear deal. We need ALL South Africans to stand in solidarity with us on the court days.
South Africa cannot afford the 1 Trillion Rand (R1 000 000 000 000) price tag, which (according to previous data of nuclear builds around the world) could easily double. Even just looking into the nuclear option, cost the country more than R200 million. This money would have been better spent on addressing our education crisis.
Taking the decision to procure nuclear, could bankrupt our country, especially since much lower-cost options are available such as renewable energy. And many political and economic analysts agree that proceeding with nuclear will be a worse corruption nightmare, than the arms deal. A deal which wasted estimated billions of rand in taxpayers money.
Uranium mining – the dirty under-belly of nuclear – will start up again in the Karoo, which will endanger the health of people and livestock as they are exposed to toxic radioactive dust and pollute South Africa's precious ground water aquifers.
More nuclear energy will not bring energy justice to South Africa, since nuclear energy will be more costly than the current mix. This means that a reliable energy supply will remain outside the grasp of many South Africans, and we have to question: Who is government doing the nuclear deal for?
We urge you, the citizens of our beautiful South Africa, to join us in voicing a resounding NO to nuclear in Africa and YES to energy justice (which can be achieved in so many other ways.) Join us by signing up for our THUNDERCLAP and say NO to government corruption.
For more information on our nuclear campaign visit nuclearcostssa.org
#EnergyJusticeForAll #NuclearFreeSouthAfrica #StopNukeDeal #NukesMustFall
SAFCEI is a multi-faith organisation working in southern Africa for environmental and socio-economic justice through advocacy work, awareness raising and environmental training within faith communities. Together with Earthlife Africa JHB and Heinrich Boell Foundation, SAFCEI is working to secure energy justice for the people of South Africa – by giving the people a voice against the dangerous and illegal nuclear deal.