HOW CAN YOU HELP RAISE AWARENESS AND ACT TO STOP THE NUCLEAR BUILD PROGRAMME?

By November 4, 2015 Blog

What You Can Do

HOW CAN YOU HELP RAISE AWARENESS AND ACT TO STOP THE NUCLEAR BUILD PROGRAMME?

You are not alone.  Many civic organisations including the unions, social, faith and environmental groups are taking action to oppose new nukes – but so far the government does not appear to be listening.  We all need to grow the circle of awareness and action.

  1. Join a SAFCEI anti-nuclear vigil or start your own.  The vigils are held every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 9:00 outside Parliament in Cape Town and from 7-8am outside the Department of Energy offices in Pretoria. For more information visit  http://earthkeeper.org.za/events/nuclear-energy-nuke-vigil-2/or contact Liz McDaid, SAFCEI energy and climate change programme coordinator on  liziwe@mweb.co.za   or  Sarah sarah@safcei.org.za
  2. Digital #NukeVigil If you can’t make it to the vigils, write a supporting message on a piece of paper and send us a photo of yourself with your message to add to our Digital #NukeVigil. Post it on Facebook or Twitter using #NukeVigil 
  3. Add your voice on Twitter or Facebook – Voice your concerns on your social media using #NukeVigil or #NuclearFreeSA

4.     Donate money to SAFCEI & EarthLife Africa JHB to help cover legal costs.SAFCEI and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, have briefed our legal team and are asking for everyone’s help. We need to raise 1.5 million to prepare and run this court case. We are looking for donors, both international and local, and because government is rushing to sign procurement deals, we need to raise the money now! We ask for your contributions – the smallest donations are welcome. Every rand counts! 

  1. Organise a fundraiser – Host a fun movie night, talk, party, tombola or games night with your community to help raise funds and raise awareness about this cause. Create your own fundraising page on GivenGain or deposit funds directly into SAFCEI’s account. 

Address your concerns or those of your organisation to the people in power below and copy your letter to the media:

  • Write to President Zuma at president@presidency.gov.za  and Ms T Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Energyvia her secretary Maczali@energy.gov.za .  Ask for their mandates both from the South African public and in terms of our Constitution, the IRP and both the National Energy and Energy Regulation Act to make deals for nuclear procurement.  Appeal to both President Zuma and Ms T Joemat-Pettersson to stop the nuclear deals and to choose a renewable energy route which has immediate and broad based energy benefits.
  • Write to Mr Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Financevia his PA at Marumo@treasury.gov.za .  Appeal to Mr Nene to use his influence to stop the nuclear deals until an independent affordability assessment has been completed – and to request that all the costs are made public.
  • Write to Mr Thembani Bukula, National Energy Regulatorat Bukula@nersa.org.za. Appeal to Mr Bukula to use his influence to stop the nuclear deals until an independent assessment of the implications for electricity tariffs has been completed – and to request that all the costs are made public.
  • Write to Adv Thuli Madonsela, Public Prosecutorat customerservice@pprotect.org calling for her to investigate whether the nuclear build decision-making process is consistent with the constitutional values of transparency, fairness, efficiency and does not compromise the health of people or the environment.
  • Support SAFCEI’s SONA press statement.“In recent lawyers’ letters to the Ministers of Energy, Public Enterprise and Finance, SAFCEI highlights that any nuclear procurement process based on the outdated electricity plan would be fatally flawed and irrational. SAFCEI’s lawyers argue that our legislative framework is incomplete and unsatisfactory.” Read more at: http://safcei.org/support-safceis-sona-press-statement/
  • Support SAFCEI’s letter  to South Africa’s finance minister the Hon. Nhlanhla Nenefrom our founding patron, Bishop Geoff Davies on 28th January 2015  “From an energy as well as financial perspective, we believe nuclear energy is going in the wrong direction. We encourage you to tell President Zuma – and Parliament – that our scarce financial resources should be prioritised for the empowerment of our people rather than nuclear energy.” Read more at: http://safcei.org/dear-minister-nene/

For more information go to: Stop Nukes: Prevent democracy meltdown. “The prosperity of all South Africans is based on a democratic system true to the principles of listening to and meeting the real needs of the citizens and a national treasury that is accountable and funds these needs. Yet, right now, a nuclear programme valued in excess of R1 trillion is being promoted by President Zuma and negotiated by government officials and foreign business interests without a proper mandate from the National Development Plan or the Integrated Energy Plan (Draft).” Read more at:http://safcei.org/stop-nukes-prevent-democracy-meltdown/

Appeal to minister over DoE’s refusal to reveal nuclear secrets. “SAFCEI has briefed the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) to assist with their request for access to information. SAFCEI had also asked for a copy of the authorisation given to the Minister to allow her to enter into a nuclear agreement.”  Read more at: http://safcei.org/appeal-minister-refusal-reveal-nuclear-secrets/