Documentary upsets SA’s nuclear industry

Posted by Laura Grant on February 19, 2008
Posted in Green News

The South African nuclear industry has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) over the screening on M-Net’s Carte Blanche of a documentary about the country’s nuclear industry. Earthlife Africa says that it is concerned that this is an attempt by the nuclear lobby to silence any dissenting voices. The hearing is set for tomorrow (February 20) at the BCC’s offices in Johannesburg and it is open to the public.

Entitled Uranium Road, the documentary is about the history of the nuclear industry in South Africa as well as the present status of nuclear power in the country. The BCC received a complaint from the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa after Uranium Road was aired on Carte Blanche in November 2007.

“For many years now, the government of South Africa has been running headlong into a nuclear future despite the dangers and high costs of this technology and the availability of better alternatives. It is perhaps time for energy policy in South Africa to be decided upon, not by the Cabinet, but by its citizens. For this to be possible, the public needs to be informed. Clearly the nuclear industry cannot afford for an informed public to involve itself in energy choices because then the many myths and legends of nuclear power would be exposed”, said Earthlife Africa Cape Town spokesperson Maya Aberman.

There are viable, safer and cleaner alternatives to nuclear power, says Earthlife. There are sufficient renewable energy resources in South Africa to provide for 13% of the electricity demand by 2020, and easily 70% or more by 2050. And renewable energy can create many more jobs than nuclear energy, the NGO says.


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