Koeberg Alert Alliance says declaration of ‘energy emergency’ is not advisable

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Koeberg Alert Alliance says declaration of ‘energy emergency’ is not advisable

| CapeTalk presenter Mike Wills speaks to Peter Becker, spokesperson at the Koeberg Alert Alliance.

  • Load shedding
  • National Planning Commission
  • Koeberg Alert Alliance
  • Peter Becker

  • South Africa is experiencing it’s worst year of load shedding since rolling power cuts were first introduced in 2008.

  • The National Planning Commission believes declaring an ‘energy emergency’ would allow for additional energy capacity to be brought online much easier and sooner.

  • The Koeberg Alert Alliance has raised the alarm over the NPC’s call for a declaration of an energy emergency.


Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town, South Africa. © hijackhippo/123rf.com

A declaration of an “energy emergency” has been touted as a necessary step to “cut through the red tape” and address the electricity crisis in South Africa.

The National Planning Commission (NPC) says this will override any red tape currently preventing the construction of new electricity production plants.

South Africa is experiencing its worst year of load shedding on record since rolling power cuts were introduced in 2008 to prevent the electricity grid from experiencing a total collapse.

But what exactly does an ‘energy emergency’ mean, and which regulations or processes will be bypassed?

The Koeberg Alert Alliance, which is a group of organisations and individuals concerned about nuclear reactors at Koeberg, believes the NPC’s idea is a bad one.

We have regulations and processes that are in place for a reason. If there were things that were problematic that meant government couldn’t act, then I think it would be worth looking at finding a way of bypassing those.

Peter Becker, spokesperson at Koeberg Alert Alliance

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We’re not sure what exactly is involved in an energy emergency, but we’re not convinced that it’s actually needed. What is needed is the end to inaction by government to address this crisis.

Peter Becker, spokesperson at Koeberg Alert Alliance

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I think there should be a difference between fast-tracking existing processes, and simply by-passing them.

Peter Becker, spokesperson at Koeberg Alert Alliance

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