Activists storm Eskom plant

2011-11-07 07:21

Johannesburg - Greenpeace activists protested an Eskom coal-fired power station on Monday, stopping work at the construction site.

The environmental activist group believes South Africa does not need the plant and should use alternative energies.

Greenpeace spokesperson Fiona Musana says the protest started early on Monday with activists locking the gates of the construction site. She added that six activists then climbed pillars at the site, and plan to spend the night on the pillars.

Musana says "construction of this place should stop now".

Eskom says it needs Kusile, expected to be completed in 2016, and another coal plant under construction because of rising electricity demand.

The state-owned utility also has renewable projects planned.

Coal electricity plants are the main source of greenhouse gas emissions by South Africa, which hosts climate change talks later this year in Durban.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts

  • werner.smidt - 2011-11-07 07:29

    Oprah: "You're not gonna hit them?" Local: "No. No, we are not . . we are going to BEAT them." -- Trevor Noah

      George - 2011-11-07 08:13

      These useless greenies must be arrested for trespassing. Where were the greenies when apartheid state built nuclear weapons and reactors. Would they have dared stormed oure nuclear power plants as they do now. Law and order is gone in this country. Gone down the drain. If the weed smoking Greenies are not happy why not they go to court etc.

      Servaas - 2011-11-07 08:27

      @Werner: And just because this is Oprah, EVERYONE gets a beating!

      werner.smidt - 2011-11-07 08:55

      ROFL . . I need to watch that again tonight.

      Nicholas - 2011-11-07 09:00

      ...look under your chair.... YES! You're gettin' a beating too!!

  • Wouter - 2011-11-07 07:31

    Though I would love to agree with the hippies on this one, relying on alternatives alone for the near future is a pipe dream. Get someone in parliament to draft proposals and get things done officially, rather than forcing the cops shoot you off those poles with rubber bullets.

  • John - 2011-11-07 07:41

    You have got to love these "Greenies". We can't have coal fired power stations because of CO2 and Sulphur emmisions, can't have nuclear because of the radiation threat, wind turbines are a joke as no wind no power, and solar is dammend expensive. Can anybody tell me how we are going to get electricity?

      aarchaic - 2011-11-07 08:04

      yeah then we developed the pebble bed reactors and sold it to the chinesse which by far is safe cause of the smaller uranium cores they using less nuclear waste and almost no chances of a melt down... And buying the technology back costing tripple to quaddrupple from what we sold it for... Clever SA...

      Chloe - 2011-11-07 08:10

      Just remember that those "greenies" are trying to make the world you live in better. And aren't willing to sit around and be complacent like the rest of us because maybe humans arent in fact the most important things on earth.

      chris.debruyn1 - 2011-11-07 08:18

      Who needs electricity? Burn coal for heat and cooking!

      robbieyahu - 2011-11-07 08:49

      yes ...if the governments of this world stop buying planes and jets paying billions for each one to kill their fellow man or just to fly around in like big-shots and spend this money on alternative energies the world will become safer and better !!! WHY THE F@CK DONT THEY EVEN MENTION OUR 2500KM COASTLINE ??? enough wave energy and tide energy there to supply the whole country !!! ohhh and it never stops ....even at night ......winter summer .... wake-up smell the lies we were fed our whole life long !!!

      aarchaic - 2011-11-07 08:56

      @Robbie yeah very good point about the waves... But don’t you think Greenpeace will get their panties up in a bunch even more so cause you threatening the marine life corals and fish...? We will never win there will always be something to complain about again...

      werner.smidt - 2011-11-07 08:58

      Nah, Chloe . . I think their whole effort is self-serving . . i.e. they're trying to adjust the world to their lifestyle. Granted, there are some legitimate things to protest against, I just feel that an activist never really wants to be 100% successful . . unless the ultimate goal is to become obsolete.

  • pietdrivers - 2011-11-07 07:55

    Put all these Greenpeace mamparas on bicycles with generators to make electricity. What a waste of time....

      Wendy - 2011-11-07 09:25

      You ignorant

  • Leon - 2011-11-07 07:56

    why is the greenies doing this stunt in the summer would love to see them in the winter nights up the poles might just changes there minds anyway go greenies go

      aarchaic - 2011-11-07 08:01

      lol the african sun can just be as cruel as a winters night... just make sure they dont get water and they'll be off soon!

  • Preshen - 2011-11-07 07:58

    is smoking weed going green ?

      PyroSA - 2011-11-07 09:03

      No, but you can always make tea or something ;)

  • npretorius2 - 2011-11-07 08:01

    They are a bunch of tree hugging terrorists!! South Africa as an emerging country depends on coal power as it is a cheaper alternative. We need power to gain more capital, and need capital to fund extremely expensive renewable projects. Rather focus on the USA with only 6 times our population, but 50 times our energy consumption...

      CyberDog - 2011-11-07 09:24

      The only reason they have 50 times more consumption is due to the majority of south Africa still in shacks without electricity ... If you calculate it per person, South Africa uses a lot more. Coal does cause more pollution, in that the pollution cannot be controlled, at least with nuclear, the waste can be contained, and managed. South Africa does offer subsidies for green power. Solar panels are cheaper in South africa than in europe or elsewhere. It is just that everyone sits and bitches and never gets off their asses and actually goes green, as it is to difficult, and to much work. I have been through the process of going off the grid, and it is a long painful process, but really worth it. I really hate the ANC, but seriously, In this case it us that are not doing our bit, and blaming the government.

  • Victor - 2011-11-07 08:04

    It took me over an hour to gain entrance to site this morning as the demonstration blocked us from using the main gate. We could only access site via the back route arranged by Escom.

  • Mabel - 2011-11-07 08:10

    Safe electricity will definitely not be in our time so we might as well accept it and get on with the building without these geniuses intefering.

  • rory.short1 - 2011-11-07 08:16

    The Banner 'Climate Killer' should actually read 'People Killer'. It is absolutely insane to build new coal fired power stations when we have more than enough solar radiation in our beautiful land and the technology to tap into it for electricity generation is already out there and is evolving rapidly in the hands of those who have accepted the fact that we have no other option if our species is to continue on this planet. This is so insane that I can only think that there is somebody who thinks that are going to make money from going the coal fired route and it does matter if the planet becomes uninhabitable as a result.

      aarchaic - 2011-11-07 08:30

      Rory its not about making money its about keeping up with demand. Unfortunately Solar electricity is also not 100% sustainable. only way to really go is gasturbines and Nuclear plant to generate the sufficiant demand. Water turbine plants works but not strong enough to generate the amounts thats needed. what people dont understand is the electricity network is so overloaded that plants like Kendal Duvha, grootvlei, koeberg cant opperate less than 110% of capacity to keep up with demands. now Kendal is a 750 Mw generator add another 75 Mw the unit is running 825Mw. if koeberg trips the network is so unbalanced that it has a domino effect tripping Kendals units first then duhva grootvlei and getting those units back online burns so much oil which is worst than actualy sustaining a steady coal burn.

  • robbie.crouch - 2011-11-07 08:32

    Greenpeace wants us to revert to the stone age.

  • etienne.albertyn - 2011-11-07 08:33

    Maybe if we stopped supplying Zimbabwe with free electricity we wouldn't need this. We need to start becoming part of the solution and stop being part of the problem. Renewable, clean energy is possible. Rather invest in that.

  • marazor - 2011-11-07 08:35

    great, news about a bunch of tree-huggers on monday morning ... just what we all need!

  • Ian - 2011-11-07 08:40

    oh give me a break, when theres outages they complain, a plant is being built to stop the outages they complain, when we look for alternative energy eg nuclear they complain, you flipping greenies must go and live on a deserted island and eat there coconut and papaya and leave the rest of us alone, you make me sick, please f off

      Ryan - 2011-11-07 09:30

      havent heard them complain about wind, solar, wave, hydro and gas

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-11-07 08:51

    I don't think people realise just how critical Medupi and Kusile are in the medium term. The system is very very tight and they will add close to 10000MW between the two of them, and this will allow our growing economy space to expand further. We have vast coal deposits in SA and these need to be utilise as primary energy source. What needs to be done though is further research into technologies that will reduce the toxicity of flue-gasses.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2011-11-07 09:22

    @ aarchaic: Thanx for this sensible info. Comment column is meant for relevant info concerning the topic and not for warra-warra. The Green children may climbed off their pedastal now and aked themselves what shall it be; Power shedding or a little bit of extra polution. They can think about it while sitting next to their burning coal konka coz there is not enough electricity.

  • George - 2011-11-07 10:34

    We all love nature, but where was Greenpeace when they built all of the other "small" coal fired powerstations. The new coal fired power stations produce 5 times more electricity with less coal,compared to the existing power stations. If we explore other alternatives, how much will it cost and how much will the public have to pay?

  • Grant - 2011-11-07 10:48

    George Its because of these greenies that the plannet may last just a little longer. Its when you allow things to happen that they become a problem, just like the water problem in this country from being the top 3 best in the world to the bottom 10 in the world on the list. Now argue it with people like Dr Anthony Turten, had people like you listened to the greenies of this world, we would not have this water problem in this country. For those who don't know, we have a very serious water issue, its just we don't here about it. Why do you think Dr Turten was fired from the Water institute. Because he was making waves about the situation. Same goes for the greenies and Eskom, its time to listen to what the planet says, not you bunch of greedy money craving egotists who think nothing of the consequences of the deterioration of the planet by building new power plants, but only bout what it will generate to you as an individual in your pocket. In your case, may just give you some lights in your house.

  • pages:
  • 1