Koeberg Western Cape

Geen werkgewer in Suid-Afrika sit oornag sonder opgeleide tegnici of verloor hul persone met spesifieke ervarings binne 24 uur nie.  Indien dit wel so is, dan is daar fout, ook met Eskom en Koeberg.   Natuurlik kan mens ervaring en opgeleide persone nie binne 24 uur vervang nie, maar indien persone bedank het, êrens oorsee ‘n aanbod aanvaar het, gebeur selfs dit nie binne ‘n week nie.   Geen werkspermit of visums kan so vinnig afgehandel word nie.  Meeste lande oorsee moet in elk geval eers posisies in hul eie lande adverteer alvorens hul gebruik kan maak van ander lande se werkers.

Eskom employee at Koeberg Nuclear plant Power Station

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Dit skep die prentjie dat dit oornag ontaard het waar persone die pad geneem het vir ander posisies of ander net by hul huise sal sit of aftree.  Selfs om af te tree, gebeur nie binne 24 uur nie.   Indien persone wel die hasepad vat, bly daar steeds ooreenkomste op die tafel tot die diens finaal verlaat is.   Indien persone dit binne 24 uitrig, sal daar heelwat van hul salarisse en selfs pensioene ter sprake kom.    Uit ‘n omgewingsoogpunt is daar ook ander probleme, wat niks met die ervaring te doen het van opgeleide persone nie.   Die ligging van Eskom is myns insiens nie ‘n baie goeie posisie om te wees nie en aardbewings wat al hierdeur geraak is, is ook ter sprake.

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Koeberg kan nog baie probleme vir Kaapstad en die Weskaap inhou.  Indien dit feite is wat nie geignoreer kan word nie, sal niemand enige personeel kwalik neem of liewers elders beter posisies te gaan opneem nie.

Corrosion can not be fixed – or is difficult to fix.  Where are the full report about this situation ?

Peter Becker from the Koeberg Alert Alliance spoke with eNCA’s Jeremy Maggs.

February 2021

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The Koeberg Alert Alliance is concerned about the impact of seismic activity at the Koeberg nuclear plant outside Cape Town. Peter Becke from the Koeberg Alert Alliance speaks with Jane Dutton.

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In the early hours of 17 November 2020, an earth tremor with a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale occurred approximately 50km West South-West of the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station outside Cape Town, South Africa.

Eskom issued a statement assuring the public that there are no safety concerns with regards to the Koeberg nuclear power station, which was designed to withstand a magnitude 7 earthquake.

In terms of the Richter scale, the amplitude of a tremor of 3.4 is much less than 0.1% of what Koeberg was designed to safely withstand.

Earth tremor off the coast of Africa’s only nuclear power station

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The Koeberg nuclear power station is built over a fault line. The last activity reported was over in 1809, and it measured a 6.5 on the Riechter scale. The Haiti earthquake of 2010 measured a 7.0 on the Riechter scale, and scientists believe that the Milnerton fault is due for another quake soon.

Unusual and mostly unknown facts about South Africa; Milnerton Fault Line

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The Koeberg Alert Alliance says the increase in seismic activity on the Milnerton fault line is major cause for alarm due to the risks to the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant.

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Eskom – Koeberg

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Skilled workers and experienced members of staff, many of whom held significant technical positions at Koeberg, have quit their roles to take on work abroad instead. This tidal wave of resignations was highlighted by Jan Oberholzer, the current COO of Eskom – and he has labelled the trend as ‘horrifying’.

Unpacking the grim reality of the power utility’s multiple issues, Oberholzer told those in attendance at the State of the System briefing that the nuclear plant has lost YEARS of experience in its senior skilled workers, and pointed to the alarming fact that some technicians are happy to jack it in ‘even if they have no offers on the table’.

ESKOM SHAKEN BY LOSS OF EXPERIENCE

Anton Eberhard is an energy policy specialist, and he has echoed the COO’s bleak assessment of things, branding the exodus of skilled workers as ‘scary’. Eberhard is also fearful that a lack of experienced technicians at a nuclear plant, so close to the City of Cape Town, could have disastrous consequences.

“Jan Oberholzer speaking on the loss of skills at Koeberg is scary, and Capetonians won’t be sleeping well. The nuclear power plant is only 30km up the coast.” | Anton Eberhard

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/load-shedding-latest-eskom-nuclear-power-plant-koeberg-no-skilled-workers/?fbclid=IwAR1ex7aF4FFwPR7Hj7wdOGTLwzRmKNkWnRWWCD9GL2452e4edyC9v-4sicg

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