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Meetings to be held for Nuclear Power Plant

August 12, 2021

The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will hold several public hearings to consider an application from Eskom Holdings SOC Limited for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) for the Thyspunt Site in Kouga.

Situated between Humansdorp and St Francis Bay, the NISL application is limited to the evaluation of the sustainability of the Thyspunt site for a nuclear installation.

The public hearings will be held at Cape St Frqncis Resort from 13:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday, August 25 and at Mentors Country Estate in Jeffreys Bay from 113:00 to 17:00 on Thursday, August 26.

Any person who may be directed affected by the granting of the NISL may make a representation relating to health, safety and the environment at the public hearings.

In the run up to the public hearings, the NNR will hold a virtual stakeholder information sharing webinar from 11:00 to 13:00 on Monday, August 16.

To register as a stakeholder, contact NNR Communications Officer, Tshepiso Mogorosi, at

Public information sharing sessions will, furthermore, take place at the Sea Vista Civic Centre in St Francis Bay at 14:00 on Tuesday, August 17.

There will also be an information session at the KwaNomzamo Civic Centre in Humansdorp, at 18:00 on Tuesday, August 17, as well as at the Vusumzi Landu Civic Centre in Hankey at 18:00 on Wednesday, August 18.

This will be followed by public exhibitions at shopping centres across the region on August 19, 20, 23 and 24.

Eskom Holdings SOC Limited has prepared a Public Information Document (PID) to enable members of the public to participate in the public hearings.

The PID can be downloaded from…/English-Nuclear-Installation-Site….Hardcopies of the PID are available at the public libraries in Kouga and at ward councillors’ offices.

All COVID-19 regulations will be adhered to.

Kouga sal met Eskom saamwerk

October 8, 2016

ONS is gewillig om met Eskom saam te werk, maar sal nié ’n geboelie duld nie.

So sê Elza van Lingen, uitvoerende burgemeester van die Kouga Munisipaliteit, oor die beoogde bou van die kernkragsentrale by Thyspunt.

Elza Van Lingen

Elza Van Lingen

“Ons sal nie saamstem met enige iets wat nadelig vir Kouga se inwoners of sy infrastruktuur is nie,” voeg sy by.

In ’n verklaring vandeesweek sê dié krag-reus dat hy ’n vergadering met Van Lingen gehou het om sy planne te bespreek.

Daar is ooreengekom dat die munisipaliteit ’n koördinerende rol met Eskom en ander belanghebbendes oor die pad vorentoe sal speel.

Die vergadering met Van Lingen is voorafgegaan deur ’n vergadering met die Kouga-Sakekamer en Kouga-Landelike Sake-ontwikkelingsraad.

Op dié vergadering het Eskom die verseke-ring gegee dat plaaslike infrastruktuur eers gereed sal moet wees voordat ’n kernkragsentrale by Thyspunt gebou word.

Mandla Gobingca van Eskom sê ’n vaardig-heidsopname sal van die ondernemingsvermoëns in die gebied gedoen word.

“Voorlopige werk toon daar is uitdagings. Ons sal die uitslae van die opname deel en dan verder saam beplan,” voeg Gobingca by.

Eskom het intussen bevestig dat die tydperk vir openbare kommentaar op sy aansoek om ’n kernkrag-perseellisensie by Thyspunt tot 19 Oktober verleng is.

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Kouga Municipality will not be bullied into Thyspunt

September 1, 2016

As the newly elected Mayor of Kouga, I was invited to attend a presentation being given by Necsa as Thypunt (which falls within our Municipality) is one of the preferred sites for the construction of a nuclear power station.

Elza Van Lingen, the new Mayor will ensure correct processes are followed in Kouga

Elza Van Lingen, the new Mayor will ensure correct processes are followed in Kouga

However, since taking office on 22 August 2016, I have been unable to find any evidence of any meetings that have taken place between Eskom/Necsa and Kouga Municipality.

Despite my requesting the Municipal Manager, Mr Sidney Fadi, to produce minutes of meetings, nothing has been forthcoming.

The infrastructure of Kouga is seriously dilapidated and the impact of a mega project like Thypunt would have on our infrastructure will be catastrophic, should it be allowed to take place without any terms and conditions being attached.

I also query under which authority Necsa is meeting with Municipalities.

Kouga Municipality will not be bullied into Thyspunt being built and we already noted the findings of the Impact Studies which state, inter alia there will be a negative impact on Tourism in the region, as well as facilitate an influx of people into Kouga.

The schools in Kouga are already at capacity and there are too few clinics, while the Police are under resourced.

Our infrastructure is not coping, with sewage spills the norm and our roads have not been maintained for many years and are riddled with potholes.

Should South Africa go ahead with the nuclear deal, all these issues and more, will have be addressed with Kouga Municipality to ensure our residents do not suffer and have less services at their disposal than before.

Elza Van Lingen

Kouga is not ready for a Mega Project

September 11, 2015

“THE Kouga Muncipality is unequipped to handle a mega project like Thyspunt.”

The Sand River bridge is still a temporary structure

The Sand River bridge still needs to be repaired. Kouga infrastructure is in a mess and cannot cope with a mega project

The sobering reality of the impact a mega project can have on a rural municipality was discussed at a public meeting in Humansdorp on Saturday.

Astrid Basson, a DA councillor in the Lapelale Municipality witnessed the impact the construction of the Medupi Power Station has had on her town. “Unless careful planning and preparation takes place prior to the building of a mega project, the impact on a rural municipality can be severe,” says Basson.

“Lapelale has been subjected to increased sewage spills and deteriorating roads due to the influx of people and traffic into the town. There has also been a major increase in crime as many job seekers failed to find work and they resorted to house breakings to survive.

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“The local police station was never upgra-ded, as the state departments like the police and health care view a project like Medupi as being temporary, so no plans were made to deal with the increase in population.”

The positive spin-offs from Medupi have been an increase in house prices, accommodation establishments have benefitted as have bottle stores and the catering industry.

A shopping mall and a private hospital have also been built in the town.

However, any expectation that Eskom would wave a magic wand over the town and fix up the infrastructure were quickly dispelled.

“Eskom spent R 11.5 million fixing the road to Medupi, R 10 million on a new transformer, R 31 million on a new sewage station and R 3,8 million on clinics,” says Basson.

The advice Basson has for Kouga is simple: “Plan for all contingencies prior to the start of construction should Thypunt become a reality.

“Make sure policies are in place for any contractor camps that will be built, make sure all spheres of government are involved in the planning process to ensure basic service delivery is not compromised, what measures are in place to make sure locals are actually employed, and engage with the Police to ensure they are equipped to handle an increase in crime, drug usage, alcohol abuse and strike action.”

The leader of the DA in Kouga, Elza Van Lingen, says that it is clear that Kouga is totally unprepared for a project with an estimated budget of R200 million.

“If we look at the sewage spills and the state of our roads at present, there is no way Kouga Municipality will be able to handle a mega project.”

There is still a lot of uncertainty about whether Thyspunt will go ahead or not. Residents are still awaiting the final draft of the Impact Studies, which have revealed serious flaws, and the nuclear deal has yet to be approved by Parliament.

Source: News 24

SA politics make full nuclear programme unlikely: Nomura report

September 8, 2015

A Nomura Research report on South Africa’s nuclear programme says the political dynamic in the country is not solidly behind such a programme‚ even within the African National Congress (ANC) itself‚ and could even mean “that the government cannot guarantee a majority on the energy portfolio committee within Parliament on this issue”.

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

“Adding in civil society protestations and likely legal objections‚ we see major obstacles to the start of actual construction occurring through the court system and parliamentary censure‚” writes researcher Peter Attard Montalto.

“We therefore think it may be possible (but far from certain) that a few GW (gigawatt) of nuclear energy are eventually built but it seems highly unlikely to us that a full 9.6GW programme will ever materialise seen through this lens of political‚ succession‚ legal‚ regulatory‚ comparative cost and technological change risk that all bear against this programme.

“The split that we think exists between the ANC and government on nuclear power is primarily a manifestation of a much deeper KZN/Gauteng ANC divide‚ in our view‚ that is playing out into the 2017 elective conference. The KZN faction is backing the government while the Gauteng faction is showing more scepticism and desire for cost accountability.

“The recent ANC National General Council discussion documents outlined the need that ‘Government must commit to a full‚ transparent and thorough cost benefit analysis of nuclear power as part of the procurement process‚ and clarify the status of the update to the Integrated Resource Plan.

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Government must also announce publicly that nuclear energy can only be procured in line with the legal prescripts and after a thoroughgoing affordability assessment.”

“This is a surprisingly stark view versus that of the Department for Energy and the Presidency. The very fact such a phrase was allowed in the NGC documents reflects lobbying by the National Treasury but also the powerful influence that ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe still has on policy.

“We think it is still far from certain that the ANC will be able to back nuclear power. The question is how this interacts with the jockeying into 2017 and how some objections may disappear within the politics of that race.”

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The nuclear deal will turn our energy crisis into a jobs crisis

August 7, 2015

Regardless of your personal view on nuclear power, our government’s plan to build up to eight new nuclear reactors is one of the worst decisions it could make for our country’s future.

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This has nothing to do with the risks involved in atomic energy. It has nothing to do with what happened at Fukushima or Chernobyl. It’s not even primarily about the huge potential – or make that the likelihood – for grand-scale corruption in a procurement of this size.

It has everything to do with killing economic growth and killing jobs.

Until the government tells us how much the nuclear deal will cost, how we plan to pay for it and how they intend to choose the preferred bidder, we cannot begin to entertain the notion of going down this path.

To date, government has refused to disclose any of these crucial details, which should certainly set the red lights flashing. But enough smart people have pieced together the information to give us a pretty clear idea of what we’d be in for. And it is simply unaffordable.

A build of this size and nature will be absolutely disastrous for South Africa’s economy, and particularly for the poor. Whichever funding model is chosen, you can rest assured that it will be paid for by the South African taxpayer, and that we can expect substantial tariff increases over many years.

This will see the poor priced out of legal electricity usage, it will see illegal connections sky-rocket, it will see an increase in non-payment (which is already dangerously high) and it will see energy-heavy industries like mining and manufacturing shedding many more jobs.

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The nuclear deal is going to make the arms deal look tame in comparison

November 19, 2014

While few people still believe that nuclear power would provide ‘power too cheap to meter’, there is still a common perception that nuclear power is a cheap source of electricity.

Koeberg nuclear power station

“The fact that nuclear power has not come to dominate electricity generation is seen as being due to a combination of public opposition and dealing with the safety and economic issues raised by accidents such as those at Three Mile Island (1978), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011),” said Professor Steve Thomas, from the University of Greenwich in London.

The reality is that nuclear power has seldom been the cheapest option for new power stations.

Worse, the real cost of any normal successful technology goes down over time due to the effect of intuitively sensible factors such as ‘learning-by-doing’, economies of scale and general technical progress.

“For nuclear power, these factors do not seem to have worked and for its entire commercial history, the real cost of nuclear power has only ever gone upwards,” added Thomas.

One of the main hurdles for any nuclear project has been to convince financiers to lend the money to nuclear projects.

The record of nuclear plants being built on time and within budget is poor and recent experience in France and Finland has reinforced this poor reputation.

With Russian seemingly having the inside track to build six nuclear reactors in South Africa, the question remains – just how is South Africa going to afford a nuclear spend of R 1 trillion.

“We can’t afford the nuclear deal and even the National Development Plan as well as South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan indicate we do not need to spend all this money on nuclear power stations,” said the DA leader in Kouga, Elza Van Lingen.

“Furthermore, Parliament is being bypassed with the nuclear deal and not even the Cabinet knows exactly what President Zuma is up to regarding his private meetings with the Russians.

All the signs are there that the nuclear deal is going to make the arms deal look tame in comparison,” added Van Lingen.

Thyspunt is the government’s preferred site for the construction of the first nuclear power station, despite the many flaws highlighted in the Impact Studies, which have not yet been addressed.

We are going about Nuclear Energy in the wrong way

April 6, 2012