Event: Is Nuclear Power the Answer to South Africa's Energy Needs?

Posted on 22 February 2016
Join us as we debate SA's discussions on nuclear energy.
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As discussions on nuclear power generation in South Africa remain lively, two opposing points of view are emerging.

The first supports government’s decision to expand nuclear power generation on the basis that it will improve energy security and cover the shortfall in meeting the country’s electricity demand. The second suggests that in addition to nuclear power being costly and environmentally risky, electricity demand in South Africa is in fact dropping and argues against any new nuclear build programmes in the country.

Unfortunately, little is understood regarding the socio-economic implications of nuclear power generation in general, and in South Africa in particular. This highlights the urgent need to facilitate discussions on the merits and demerits of nuclear power expansion.

With this purpose in mind, WWF South Africa, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Centre of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies are hosting a public debate on the prudence of South Africa’s nuclear energy ambitions.

The debate, moderated by Talk Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala, will draw on expert views from government, business, academia and civil society.

Confirmed speakers include:
His Excellency Walter Lindner, German Ambassador to South Africa
Phumzile Tshelane, CEO: South African Nuclear Energy Corporation
Mycle Schneider, Independent International Energy and Nuclear Policy Analyst and the Convening Lead Author and Publisher of the Annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report
Adv. Kevin Malunga, Deputy Public Protector of South Africa

Date: 08 March 2016
Time: 18:30-22:00
Venue: The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg

To secure your place please RSVP to Amanda.Luxande@za.boell.org by no later than Friday, 4 March 2016
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