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Zuma told dead end nuclear not an option for SA

Feb 13 2015 09:46

Cape Town - In reaction to the State of the Nation address, Greenpeace Africa strongly condemned President Jacob Zuma's announcement in his State of the Nation address on Thursday evening that the government will continue to pursue "dead end nuclear investments at a time when South Africa requires immediate solutions and a new approach to electricity supply".

"The reality is that nuclear energy delivers far too little, far too late and at too high a cost. Nuclear projects take at least 15 years to build and it is clear from the President’s continued commitment to nuclear power that the current government does not actually care about the state of the nation," Greenpeace Africa said in a statement.

"Greenpeace urges the president to seriously rethink the government’s position on nuclear power - which would take at least 15 years to deliver - and to urgently prioritise renewable energy investments which can quickly take South Africa out of the current electricity crisis."

Greenpeace Africa said South Africa’s electricity security lies in a commitment to removing the barriers to renewable energy, which would enable ordinary South Africans to generate their own power and contribute to energy sufficiency for all.

"Greenpeace urges the government to step away from dodgy nuclear deals, and choose renewable energy opportunities instead," it said.

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