The energy minister continues to sing the same old song. More concerning is the petroleum agency’s authoritarian stance despite the environmental issues being interrogated in court.
South Africa’s energy minister has been exhorting African states to develop their oil and gas reserves while ignoring the historical realities, and future impacts, of doing so.
Concerns have been expressed about staff turnover at the ageing facility. Instead of extending its lifespan, renewable energy should replace it.
Many of SA’s environmental and economic problems stem from dependence on the minerals-energy complex. The president, being a beneficiary of this system, might not care to effect change.
In the second of this two-part series, evidence before the state capture inquiry makes it clear that South Africans will shoulder the real cost of adding nuclear generation to the energy mix.
In the first of this two-part series, evidence before the state capture inquiry shows how the multibillion-rand deal went ahead despite warnings about the exorbitant cost and danger to health.
The final part of this four-part story outlines the futility of storing waste with radioactive time frames, arguing that nuclear energy should be abandoned in favour of renewables.
This third installment of a four-part story looks at the dangers of keeping high-level waste at nuclear facilities as well as the risks involved in making temporary solutions permanent.
This second of a four-part story details the shambles at the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute, which is yet to begin work on its mandate, despite spending millions.
Part one of this four-part story considers the imminent danger involved in storing used radioactive materials, a dilemma growing at a rate of more than 32 tonnes a year.
The last in this three-part series looks at the cost of nuclear waste disposal, decommissioning power plants and accident clean-ups, and suggests a logical energy-generation alternative for the continent.
The second in this three-part series looks at how power purchase agreements raise the cost of electricity for consumers and act as major sources of inflationary pressure in economies.
The first in this three-part series looks at the cost of nuclear power and how vendors minimise their financial risk by maximising profits through power purchase agreements with governments.
The ever-increasing capitalist onslaught on protected environments will be stopped only if we fundamentally change the way we conceptualise their value and purpose.
A look at the history of sewage outfalls in the bays around the city shows that residents have been complaining since the first one was completed in 1905. And as now, their concerns were ignored.
The government’s recent budget cuts have shown that it prioritises the punted nuclear build over connecting thousands of residents in impoverished communities to the electricity grid.
Despite evidence that communities around mines are infection epicentres, the Mineral Council of South Africa is scrambling to ‘shape the message’ by fudging the numbers.
Despite a court order, residents near mines were ignored when Covid-19 guidelines were drawn up. Now the virus devastates the very people made vulnerable by their operations.
Mineral Sands Resources pursues defamation cases seemingly to intimidate individuals into silence
Before Covid-19 the mortality rate among former miners in SA was 20% higher than in the general population
We all need to participate in imagining how we mesh together, not just the economists
The political problem of illicit financial flows
The limits of private ownership of ‘The Commons’
Climate Change and Democracy
Who is responsible for Climate Change?
Are we doomed or is there hope?
The Xolobeni struggle and ideas of ‘Wilderness’
How to better spend the R20 billion being wasted on new coal
Xolobeni and ‘development’ – who gets to choose?
Who stands to gain from new coal in South Africa?
The Mining Charter and Mining Communities
Is nuclear power the lowest carbon emitter?
Is nuclear power safe?
This piece explores the problems with green consumerism
Megaprojects and corruption
A piece about how corruption and nuclear power plant construction go hand-in-hand
Rosatom and nuclear power in South Africa
Could cutting meat from your diet be revolutionary?
Will nuclear power provide the new jobs that its proponets claim?
Has the Eskom Board been captured?
Can Eskom really finance the nuclear procurement off its own balance sheet?
This piece explores the problem of nuclear waste in South Africa
An opinion piece that examines the financial costs of nuclear power
An opinion piece about how secrecy and nuclear power go hand in hand