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Thyspunt, where government is planning on building the first nuclear power plant since Koeberg.
Thyspunt, where government is planning on building the first nuclear power plant since Koeberg.

Notice is hereby given that Eskom (Pty) SOC has made an application to the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) for a Nuclear Installation Site Licence for the Thyspunt site.

The seriously irritating thing about this notice, which follows a similar notice for Duynefontein (part of Koeberg) gazetted on July 29, is that both have the same closing date for comments from the public: August 29. So for Thyspunt, the public has been given 21 days, not the required amount of time: the National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999 requires a minimum of 30 days for public comment. Plus the notices of the gazette must be published in a minimum of two local newspapers – I don’t know if that’s been done, haven’t seen anything myself.

Is this being sneaky, or is it being slack and slapdash? Frankly, I’m not sure which is worse – either you’re trying to slip something past us, or you’re just not that good at your job. (Which could be sort of worrying when you’re dealing with a project that involves technology that, if it does go wrong, could not go much wronger, right?)

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