Shutting down of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor…South Africa

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Earthlife Africa – Johannesburg welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms Barbara Hogan, to the National Assembly on 16 September 2010, on the shutting down of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor.

The Minister added that government has spent almost R7.419 billion (80.3% of the total amount of R9.244 billion). We call on the Minister to conduct a full audit of the PBMR company by the auditor general. Furthermore, Parliament should conduct a full and transparent investigation.


We hope that government will learn from this tragic and wasteful experieince. The money spent on the PBMR could have been better utilised in the health and education sectors. Such waste of taxpayers’ money must not be experienced again. We therefore urge government to refrain from building any other nuclear reactors in the future.

Government must increase its investment and commitment to renewable energy technologies to ensure a clean and sustainable energy supply for South Africa.

For more information contact:
 Ferrial Adam
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Fax: +27 11 339 3270
Cell: +2774-181 3197

Or
Tristen Taylor
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Fax: +27 11 339 3270
Cell: +27842502434

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