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?)