Khoisan prepare for court action to stop Thyspunt nuclear project

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Members of the public have been urged to comment on a proposal to build a nuclear reactor at Thyspunt

Gamtkwa Khoisan Council has vowed to fight until the bitter end to protect their heritage site, Thyspunt

The Gamtkwa Khoisan Council has vowed to fight until the bitter end to protect their heritage site, Thyspunt – the proposed site for a nuclear reactor.

The threats by the community follow Eskom’s announcement last week that it would engage with the National Nuclear Regulator to extend the period for public comment on its application for a site installation licence.

Thyspunt, which is situated west of Cape St Francis, is listed by the Heritage Monitoring Project (HMP) as being on the list of the most endangered heritage sites in South Africa.

The HMP is a body striving to raise public awareness over heritage-related matters across the country and to ensure that the National Heritage Resources Act is enforced.

Gamtkwa Khoisan Council representative Kobus Reichert said they had made a submission to the watchdog body on the Thyspunt matter as they believed Eskom was steamrolling ahead with its nuclear plan and that government officials frequented the area, making pronouncements without the backing of the leadership.

“Unfortunately, we have news for them. We have assembled a strong legal team,” he said.

“We will fight them. We think it’s inappropriate to construct a nuclear power plant both from a scientific and cultural perspective.”

Trudie Malan, of Thyspunt Alliance, said her organisation was fully behind the Khoisan people in their fight against the proposed nuclear site.

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