SOUTH AFRICA’S NUCLEAR DEAL: IS IT DEAD AND BURIED?
Liziwe McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala, environmentalists and joint recipients of the Goldman award, 2018
In 2014 South Africa and Russia signed an International Governmental Agreement on nuclear energy. The Minister of Energy’s decision to table this agreement without parliamentary approval, as well as decisions that 9600MW of new nuclear power was needed – at a cost that estimates suggested would likely exceed R1 trillion – were successfully challenged in court by civil society organisations Earthlife Africa and the Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI).This course unpacks how the campaign that accompanied the legal challenge unfolded, and the David and Goliath battle that ensued. The first lecture describes the history of nuclear energy in South Africa. The second looks at the process of the court case itself. The third lecture speculates about the future of nuclear energy in South Africa. Are governance systems strong enough to prevent another nuclear deal?
- Nuclear energy in South Africa: the history
- The court case
- The future of nuclear energy in South Africa