DA convenes public meeting on proposed Thyspunt Nuclear Power station

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Kouga Local Municipality is expected to convene a public meeting on Saturday in Humansdorp to discuss if local residents can afford to have the R300 billion Thyspunt Nuclear Power plant built in the area.

According to Elza Van Lingen, leader of the DA in the region; “Questions we need to answer are the following; Is the Thyspunt Nuclear Power plant a reality? Can the dilapidated Kouga infrastructure cope with a project of this magnitude? Will the project really create jobs? How much will local business actually benefit?”

Construction on the nuclear power plant is expected to commence in 2017. According to Eskom, on its Thyspunt website, it's not all doom and gloom around the project especially where a massive influx of investment and growth is expected.

"The 4 000MW station will cost in the region of R300 Billion rand and could still be upgraded to produce up to 8 000MW of power. The GenerationIII reactors that are also used at the Koeberg Power plant is of the most technologically advanced reactors available, also one of the most expensive.

"With the erection of these reactors the whole area will receive upgrades of existing roads and bridges over the Sand river that will have to be strengthened to accommodate the heavy vehicles transporting thousands of tons material procured by local suppliers."

Eskom further says that looking at the building of its Medupi Power Station that started in 2007 over 14 000 skilled and unskilled workers were used and with the size of the Thyspunt Power station that is almost double in size the growth that coincides with such a project would be considerable.

"Medupi made Lephalale the fastest growing business node in Africa. Eskom built 995 houses, bought 321 houses for it's employees and spent more than R697 million on acquiring local procurement contracts. With the commitment of Eskom investing in the growth of the community many will benefit in the economic boom with a project of this magnitude."

Perhaps concidentally, at the meeting, Astrid Basson, a councillor in the Lephalale Municipality, and her husband, Dries, a councillor in the Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo are expected to share their experiences in dealing with the challenges presented by the construction of the R154 billion Medupi power plant.

“You are hereby invited to find out the facts from two authorities on the subject of municipal infrastructure preparedness for a power plant construction, as well as the impact on the economy of a rural municipality,” said Van Lingen.

“As a DA winnable municipality in the upcoming 2016 municipal elections, it is important for the DA to act pro-actively and gain the necessary information that may influence Kouga’s planning and municipal budget.”

About the meeting:

When:                 Saturday, 5 September 2015

Where:               Nico Malan Clubhouse, 42 Du Plessis Street, Humansdorp

Time:                    11:00 – 13:00

Rsvp:                    Eveline / Laurenay at 042 295 1851 or [email protected] 

---additional reporting JBayNews