The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has reported that it is deeply concerned with the recent campaign, which took place in Khayelitsa Township, Cape Town, hosted by anti-nuclear activist Horst Kleinschmidt, alarming community members on “radiation disasters”.
According NIASA director, Knox Msebenzi, Kleinschmidt convoluted the issue of radiation left after a 15 m tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident, and intentionally confuse this scenario with the progressive and responsible use of nuclear technology to generate power.
He deliberately ignored the fact that radiation comes both naturally and man-made, while leaving out the most common facts that nuclear technology is responsible for innovation in the most essential industries such as agriculture, medicine and pharmaceuticals to name a few, said Msebenzi.
NIASA is deeply concerned about how some role-players in the renewable energy community could endorse fear mongering in attempts to take advantage of poor communities. According to the association, South Africa needs responsible industries that align themselves with the developmental agenda of the country, and the need for true and inclusive economic development. Energy build programmes are highly complex, more especially on issues of nuclear technology due to the stringent global quality standards.
The industry association has said it echoes the Minister of Energy’s sentiments – shared during her budget vote speech in parliament – where she stated that South Africa needs a broad and honest consultation process on energy issues, while simultaneously educating the public in order to empower them to make informed decisions on the energy future of their country.
Contact Knox Msebenzi, NIASA, Tel 011 061-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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