Kouga residents meet over Thyspunt Nuclear Power station

OCTOBER 19, 2015

Several meetings have been scheduled for this week to familiarise residents of the Kouga area – especially those in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay, about developments around Eskom's proposed Thyspunt Nuclear Power Station, which might be built in 2017 in their backyard.

The first meeting is scheduled this evening as follows;

  • 19 October 2015. 18:00 – 20:00 Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Hall
  • 20 October 2015. 18:00 – 20:00 St Francis Bay, St Francis Links
  • 21 October 2015. 18:00 – 20:00 Sea Vista, Sea Vista Hall
  • 22 October 2015. 18:00 – 20:00 JBay, Newton Hall
  • 23 October 2015. 18:00 – 20:00 Humansdorp, Old Golf Club

While Thyspunt is seen by some as a major boost to the local economy, as it will create many job opportunities for locals and business for local suppliers during the construction period - and importantly, help address the country's current electricty shortfall, critics claim that the infrastructure in the Kouga region is not geared for a project of this magnitude and the subsequent influx of people into the area.

They say that there is already an infrastructure backlog in the region and bringing in many workers and machinery for the Thyspunt project would add further strain to public resources.

They also claim that Thyspunt is going to disrupt tourism, one of the region’s major sources of revenue and a major source of jobs.

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THYSPUNT CONSTRUCTION SET FOR 2017

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