FROM THE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON
THE COALITION AGAINST NUCLEAR ENERGY (CANE)
PO BOX 82 PLETTENBERG BAY 6600 SOUTH AFRICA
In March 2011, soon after the catastrophe of Fukushima, the Minister of Energy declared for six new reactors as part of the Integrated Resource Plan for electricity production (the IRP2010). This was also in the face of heavy opposition and many submissions by members of the Civil Society Energy Caucus, including affected communities, the labour movement, faith-based organizations, and many Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).
Moreover, in recent months, Eskom has persisted with public meetings in Cape Town, Overstrand and Kouga Municipalities, in desperate defence of their Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report. Indeed, they were met with fierce resistance on the part of individual CANE members, the Koeberg Alert Alliance, the Save Bantamsklip Campaign, the Thyspunt Alliance, and many others. What is most disconcerting is that no nuclear technology has been specified; many specialist studies have not been completed adequate; and no final solution for the spent fuel has been specified.
This failure to prepare the ground properly for the preferred Thyspunt site (but with Bantamsklip and Koeberg to follow, making up two reactors each on three designated sites) will inevitably lead to a series of court challenges in the following years. A “war chest” has already been started for this express purpose.
In the light of these developments, and in response to popular demand, the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy has therefore convened a National Anti-Nuclear Summit at the Country Crescent Hotel in Plettenberg Bay on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th July.
List of Delegates
Rianne Teule, Johannesburg-based, but Netherlands-born Greenpeace, anti-nuclear campaigner, recently returned from Japan;
Richard Worthington, veteran Climate-Change campaigner, World Wildlife Fund, Johannesburg, and founder of the South African Climate Action Network;
Dr David Fig, policy analyst, academic researcher, and author of Uranium Road, among other works;
Makoma Lekalakala, (Sustainable Energy Climate Change Project, Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg Branch;
Dominique Gilbert, Pelindaba Working Group, Brooderstroom;
Keith Gottschalk, Senior Lecturer in Political Studies, University of the Western Cape;
Peter Becker, Convenor, Koeberg Alert Alliance, Cape Town;
Rod Gurzynski, Architect, Researcher & Green Building Consultant, Cape Town;
Sibusiso Mimi, Research Officer, National Union of Mineworkers;
Muna Lakhani and Gray Macguire, Earthlife Africa, Cape Town Branch;
Rodney Anderson, Chairman, Save Bantamsklip Campaign & Vice-Chairman, Hermanus Ratepayers Association;
Ebeline de Villiers, Save Bantamsklip Campaign;
John Williams, Stanford Conservation Trust and former Chairman, Save Bantamsklip Campaign;
Lesley Richardson, Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative;
Wilfred Chivell, Dyer Island Trust;
Katja Vinding Petersen, Dyer Island Trust;
Hilton Thorpe, St Francis Residents Association and member, Thyspunt Alliance;
Alison Kuhl, Supertubes Surfing Foundation, Jeffreys Bay;
Derek Luyt, Public Service Accountability Monitor, Rhodes University
Len Swimmer (Chair, Greater Cape Town Civic Association);
Louis de Villiers (former Chair, Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa, Western Cape);
Dave Whitelaw (ABI Initiative, Overberg Region);
Helena Kingwill, Writer-Producer of Buried in Earthskin a TV documentary on nuclear waste dumping in Namaqualand;
Bernedette Muthien, Executive Director. Engender, an NPO focusing on Eco-Feminism;
Brenda Martin, Project 90X2030;
Dr Yvette Abrahams, Commission for Gender Equity;
Bobby Peek, Groundwork/Friends of the Earth.
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