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Thyspunt Nuclear Forum calls for speedy process at Thyspunt so locals can get jobs

Dec 2, 2016
Thyspunt Nuclear Forum calls for speedy process at Thyspunt so locals can get jobs

The proposed construction of a Nuclear Power Station at Thyspunt, in the Oyster Bay area, just outside St Francis Bay, is a milestone in the economic development of the Kouga Local Municipality. This is according to Phumzile Oliphant, Chairperson of the newly-formed Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum.

"This mega project comes at the time where our country is faced with an increased rate of unemployed for which the biggest percentage of the affected is the youth. 

"The government need to be commended for the decision to construct a nuclear reactor as this will bring stability to the national grid which in return investor confidence will be of a positive note," said Oliphant, who is a former Ward Councillor and Portfolio Head of Local Economic Development in the Kouga Local Municipality.

"Our country needs a stable energy supply so as to create a positive economic growth in return job opportunities will be created as investors come to invest."

Oliphant said that the Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum is "unashamedly lobbying for the processes to construct this historic development to be expedited so that the people of Kouga can get employed". 

"The Forum is happy with all the consultative processes followed. The communities of Kouga took part in public hearings on EIA reports and made valuable contributions," he added. 

About the Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum

Oliphant said that the Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum, which was established on the 23rd of November, has been established to make sure that "there's nothing for Kouga without Kouga'' we are to develop a clear programme of action that will speak to the needs and aspirations of all the people of Kouga."

"It's the view of this Forum that when it comes to beneficiation the people of Kouga Local Municipality must be a priority.

"Hence, this forum wishes to make a clarion call to everyone to start registering companies and or cooperatives so that you are not left out in the process."

Oliphant said that there will be massive opportunities in place ranging from: civil construction, suppliers, catering, security services laundry etc. 

"As a collective leadership of this Forum we will through consultative processes create a data base for both the unemployed and companies and other stakeholders. Membership Forms will be circulated to all wards in Kouga," he said.

"Once again on behalf of this Forum, we want to thank all those that attended our launch on the. We also are thankful to the Speakers as well NIASA."

Image: The Executive Committee of the newly-formed Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum. At the back is Phumzile Oliphant, Japie Jansen and Mfundiso Oliphant. Front Row: Nokuzola Magwaza, Cathy Ferreira, Fikiswa Mhlakaza and Emily George.