Earlier this year, a study revealed that Eskom was the world’s biggest emitter of sulphur dioxide, a pollutant linked to ailments that range from asthma to heart attacks.
Now, the Koeberg Alert Alliance has planned a protest for Thursday, December 16, against the 16km nuclear evacuation line in Bloubergstrand Beach, Cape Town.
Koeberg Alert Alliance spokesperson Peter Becker says that the community wants answers on the safety of the power plant, which has a licence set to expire in 2024. The project entails a 20 year extension.
“Eskom claims that the work will take six-and-a-half months per reactor unit, which means in the best case, Koeberg will be at half capacity for all of 2022. This will result in unnecessary load-shedding, at a huge cost to the economy,” Becker added in a statement.
The organisation is concerned with the lack of transparency from Eskom relating to the plant.
Meanwhile, Eskom dropped a Level 8 loadshedding bomb earlier on Wednesday.
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