Forum to encourage pro-Thyspunt issues

2016-12-01 06:00
The Executive Committee of the Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum (TNDF) are (back) Mfundiso Oliphant, Japie Jansen, Phumzile Oliphant, (front) Emily George, Fikiswa Mhlakaza, Cathy Ferreira, and Nokuzola Magwaza. Photo: SUPPLIED

The Executive Committee of the Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum (TNDF) are (back) Mfundiso Oliphant, Japie Jansen, Phumzile Oliphant, (front) Emily George, Fikiswa Mhlakaza, Cathy Ferreira, and Nokuzola Magwaza. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A forum was launched in Jeffreys Bay recently to lobby government and the public to be pro-nuclear energy and to educate the community accurately by debunking misconceptions on the new nuclear building programme.

The theme of the launch was ‘Socio-Economic Impact and Economic Spinoffs of the New Nuclear Build for the Local community”.

The Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum (TNDF) partnered with the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) hosting speakers from TNDF, NIASA, NECSA and Coega Development Corporation, while the community and media were invited to attend in order to “encourage the people of Thyspunt to be proactive on nuclear issues as they will be first beneficiaries of the anticipated nuclear build programme.”

Knox Msebenzi, MD of NIASA, says that this partnership “will give a stronger voice for (sic) the nuclear industry, and also give accuracy (sic) on the relevance and positive socio impact the nuclear build programme will have.” (Niasa, composed of organisations, groups, and individuals, is committed to promoting the highest standards in the development and application of nuclear technology in South Africa).

“We anticipate that the economic development and job creation that are anticipated for the community of Thyspunt will be similar to those observed through the Medupi build in Limpopo. Therefore, because of this anticipation, we invite government and business to engage with us so that development plans for young people in the area are consolidated and directly engaged.”

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He states that the community of Kouga must be the beneficiaries of the nuclear programme. “Therefore we need to be proactive in how we engage this process to ensure the localisation process is driven with the objectives set by the community at large.”

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