Suid-Afrika is reeds geruime tyd in ‘n rommelstaat gedompel, maar die skimpe (of besluite vir ongesonde vooruitgang) vir kernkrag gaan nie weg nie. Korrupsie / sabotasie word nie aangespreek en ook nie minder nie. Geen land kan ‘n fondasie op vals hoop en korrupsie voortbou nie. Die brug en mure sal verder omval en nog meer skade aanrig. Daar is geen vertrouenswaardigheid vanaf regeringskant, behalwe die elite korrupsie torings wat al groter word. Hoe meer finansies begroot word, hoe groter is die elite toring wat gebou word met belastinginkomstes. Die Toring van korrupsie. Dis niks anders as terreur en sabotasie aan Suid-Afrika se huishoudelike sake nie en elke belastingbetaler, die burgers moet laste dra van ‘n korrupte regering. En dan het ons blankes nog rassisme en swart bemagtiging teen ons wat ons as volk verder in gemors in dompel.
Nuwe reaktors of kernkrag gaan beslis niks verander nie, inteendeel, daar is geen manier of selfs waarborge dat die geld wat regering êrens wil kaap of gaan uitkrap, nie ook gesteel gaan word voordat daar een reaktor gebou is nie.
Koeberg is heel goed en van goeie gehalte, maar dit waarborg nie dat die volgende reaktors van dieselfde gehalte gaan wees of verbeter nie. Die huidige regering kan nie eers die ander kragsentrales (soos Medupi) voltooi sonder korrupsie of sabotasie nie, hoe sal dit dan met reaktors gaan wat nog duurder is.
Vervolg die wat so steel en kry al die korrupsie geld met rentes en boetes eers terug, veral van al die staatsentiteite soos Eskom, SAL en munisipaliteite, hospitale, ens. Om net nog ‘n verdere skuldlas aan te gaan bo op ons rommelstatus, gaan niks aan die ekonomiese toestand van die land verander nie.
Hoeveel van die ander politieke partye wat in die parlement sit laat dit toe? Dit help niks om net vragies te vra oor geld wat gesteel is nie. Wat van die skades wat aangerig is deur sabotasie en plundertogte? Sodra korrupsie geld terug is wat gesteel is, kan die regte persone met nodige ervaring, sonder rassisme en swart bemagtiging aangestel word om elke entiteit te laat werk. Raak ontslae van persone wat niks bydra of werk kan doen op alle vlakke van regering en staatsentiteite nie.
Hierdie entiteite, munisipaliteite en staat behoort nie aan die ANC of diegene wat dit afbreek en besteel nie. Die ANC word deur ons belastings betaal en onderhou. Hulle bly publieke figure en dis hulle wat toelaat om ons te vernietig.
THANK THE ANC GOVERNMENT (and their assistants and co-workers) FOR ALL THE CORRUPTION AND SABOTAGE AGAINST ITS PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES.
YOU, the voters, the supporters of the ANC, EFF, DA and all of them that did nothing for the country, are promoting this corruption, revolution and unemployment – hunger is on its way in a very dark country. A second Zimbabwe.
Corruption on all levels of government, is nothing less than sabotage to the whole country and our rights to live in South Africa. People are without energy, electricity, municipal services or good housing, schools and medical services because of incompetence and sabotage.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has informed the sixty-fourth session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), via a video recording, that South Africa had started consultations with nuclear power reactor vendors, to obtain information about costs, schedules and possible ownership models. This was in line with the country’s Integrated Resource Plan 2019-2030 and the result of a request for information (RfI) issued in June. This RfI was based on an assumption of a programme for 2 500 MW of nuclear power.
He reaffirmed that nuclear would retain a “vital role” in the country’s energy mix. He pointed out that there was a “bigger role” for nuclear in transitioning South Africa from high carbon-emission energy sources to low carbon-emission ones, while simultaneously expanding the country’s energy supply. “We need to contest the space in the energy debate, for nuclear as a clean energy technology,” he said. “Scientific evidence is available to support our position.”
“[The] Koeberg [nuclear power plant (NPP)] is one of our most reliable, efficient, safe and affordable power stations on our electricity grid,” he highlighted. “We, therefore, decided to extend the operational life of Koeberg nuclear power station by another 20 years. The technical and regulatory work has begun. We thank the IAEA for its support through the Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation missions on the Koeberg nuclear power plant, with the most recent pre-mission taking place in September 2019.”
South Africa’s other nuclear installation is the SAFARI-1 research reactor. While Koeberg is located near Cape Town, SAFARI-1 is situated at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria. Mantashe reported that a Ministerial Task Team had been set up last year to consider the development of a replacement for SAFARI-1 by 2030. A Project Initiation Report, which recommended the replacement of SAFARI-1 by a multipurpose reactor, had been approved and the project was now at the prefeasibility stage.
“Further, despite the logistical challenges brought on by [the] Covid-19 pandemic, we are beginning to see increased access to offshore markets for the supply of medical isotopes, that are critical to the rest of the world,” he observed. The medicinal role of nuclear technology in Africa, where diseases such as cancer, ebola and malaria, among others, could be encountered, was unquestionable.
He also stated that South Africa would donate €234 642 to the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Fund for 2021. He pointed out that, with the assistance of the IAEA, South Africa had been able to initiate four new national Technical Cooperation projects in the fields of agriculture, health and safety
Nuclear is the “technology of the future” and will continue to play a “crucial role” in the South African energy mix, said Minister for Natural Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe.
The minister spoke on Monday at 64th Regular meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where he said the government is still optimistic about including nuclear power in the country. This came after the department made a request for information for 2500 MW in June, Fin24 previously reported.
Mantashe also said that nuclear power would help clean energy efforts. “In addition to energy security, nuclear power is playing a bigger role in clean energy initiatives by moving us from high to low carbon emissions while expanding our power sources.
“We have to contest space in the energy debate for nuclear power as a clean energy technology. Scientific evidence is available to support our position,” he added.
South Africa has also committed EUR 234,642 (approximately R 4.6 million) to the IAEA Fund for Technical Cooperation in 2024. The fund includes voluntary contributions from the Member States to the implementation of the national, regional and interregional technical cooperation projects proposed and approved by the Member States by its Board of Governors. Mantashe said the program, with IAEA support, has enabled the launch of four new national agricultural, health and safety technical cooperation projects.
Mantashe thanked the agency for supporting the efforts to extend the operating life of the Koeberg nuclear power plant by another 20 years.
The country has started a project to replace and improve its aging nuclear research reactor, SAFARI-1. A replacement should be developed by 2030.
So far, the project initiation report recommending replacing SAFARI-1 with a multi-purpose reactor has been approved and the project is in the pre-feasibility phase.
Bring back the moneys that were stolen from Eskom and put those people in jail, they have sabotaged South Africa.
Lack of access to energy correlates directly to poverty and lack of economic growth. Development is possible in an environment of a universally accessible sustainable, affordable energy supply.
Through the electrification and universal access programme, and the clean development framework, South Africa shows progress in the indices for energy equity and environmental sustainability.
Our subsidy-based electrification programme is a critical pillar of our energy policy, through which approximately eight million households have access to electricity since the advent of democracy. Yet, approximately three million households do not have access to electricity.
Our energy policy is premised on an energy mix as diverse as coal and wind, amongst others. Coal, imported hydro, nuclear, wind, solar, biomass, storage and energy efficiency are the technology options that have been weighed on their respective merits.
We must disabuse ourselves of the polemic to pit renewables against coal and nuclear, and vice versa.