SA losing nuclear skills
Cape Town - About 250
employees of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor company (PBMR) have already
resigned and many of them are moving overseas, Solidarity trade union
spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans said in response to enquiry on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the unions
will hold another meeting with the PBMR management, in terms of the process
prescribed in Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act.
It has been reliably
ascertained that only about 40 people will ultimately remain at the company.
Kleynhans said that
Solidarity had already approached Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan to
intervene to prevent scarce nuclear power skills being lost to South Africa.
There is a crisis because time is running out.
proposal was that entities like Eskom, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South
Africa and the National Energy Regulator should work closely together to retain
skills, but no one is taking the lead, said Kleynhans.
Every day more workers
are resigning and being taken up elsewhere - mainly overseas. Many are going to
the US, which is building two new nuclear power stations.
Stratek consultant Dr
Kelvin Kemm said government’s decision to scale down the PBMR project was premature. As for criticism that the project was too expensive, Kemm says this
should be seen in perspective.
The cost of the entire
PBMR project to date is about 5% of that of one of the new coal-fired power
stations, or 70% of the expenditure on the stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer
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It's the govt and unions chasing them so why should they do anything about it. If I was young and had the oppurtunity you would not see me for dust. The Govt and Unions can't see the light of day and never will.
1. set up a committe takes 5 years
2. agree on what will work
3. ignore 3 and do opposite
4. write off investments
5. split bal of funds to Anc cronies
6. blame apartheid for what went wrong
This is actually very sad news. Its not about the individual project, but the total lack of scientific progress in general. Actually sending kids to South African schools is a waste of energy. The best hope for ZA now is to be colonised again by people who actually understand human scintific progress.
Expat in Europe
ANC will never learn anything. We also had a brilliant defense industry with some of the best skills in the world, yet it was destroyed by the ANC policies and cadre deployment. All the best engineers went overseas (in my immediate family there are two who now has very senior positions in the international defense industry). It simply proofs the old saying, anything that is mechanical/electrical/science-based, is beyond the comprehension of Africa.