Eskom, Eastern Cape Government partner on science initiative


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  • #18445

    Thokozani Absalom
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    Eskom and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government will be on boarding the Nuclear Power Plants Build (Thyspunt) and Science Enhancement Initiatives.
    The purpose of the event is to showcase the role Eskom plans to play in the Nuclear plant and to also clarify some of the misconceptions around the Nuclear station.
    Speaking On Morning Live Eskom’s GE Abram Masango says the initiative is important particularly for the Eastern Cape.
    “It will improve the Math and Science for the pupils. We have seen a big improvement. It is critical for the future projects. We want to build here in the future. If we have a lot of pupils doing Maths and Science they can be Nuclear Scientists, they can be Electrical engineers, Mechanical Engineers or Civil Engineers which is a key in terms of the engineering discipline to execute most of the projects we want to execute.”
    Click below for full interview:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=inOb4yhYkT8

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  • #18447

    Charles Dey
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    Not that it has anything to do with education and training but this whole nuclear programme sickens me. Nuclear energy is becoming increasingly redundant as the cost of harnessing all renewable energy fals.

    I really don’t think we should be giving any credence to a programme which is so patently designed to enrich a few at the  expense of the whole economy of the country.

    Charles Dey

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  • #18446

    You said it.

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  • #42901

    Thokozani Absalom
    Participant

    Charles, Nuclear power has the potential to bring about sustainable development across industries and have a positive socio-economic impact by creating job opportunities and developing skills in communities. Nuclear power generation also adds benefits in other fields such as medicine, isotopes, radiation and water desalination.

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  • #42900

    Charles Dey
    Participant

    Thokozani, you don’t need a nuclear power plant to make medical isotopes, all you need is a reactor. When did you last visit Pelindaba?

    What evidence is there to support the contention that the (ruinously expensive) nuclear power programme will have greater socio economic benefits than the development of (far more affordable and sustainable) renewable energy sources? What evidence is there to support the contention that a non renewable resource such as nuclear energy can bring about more sustainable development in industries than the use of renewable energy resources?  I would be most interested in receiving these FACTS.

    Have you thought about how much we could save if every house and factory roof in South Africa were covered with solar energy panels, all feeding into the national grid? Have you thought about how those savings could be used to build schools, colleges, universities, to train the population into world competitiveness and to seed fund small businesses? Now that’s what I call sustainable benefits.

    One interesting fact that you may care to consider is that by going the non renewable energy resources route Eskom is now an unsaleable entity due to the fact that no investor would be prepared to buy a business whose technology is rapidly being surpassed. Developments in renewable resource technology and the dramatic fall in prices of this technology both over the last 10 years and into the future are causing power generators like Eskom to become the electricity providers of the last resort very quickly. That is why Eskom is being blacklisted by investment funds.

    Lastly, what on earth does this debate have to do with the promotion of skills?

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  • #42899

    If SA wants to improve maths and science for pupils we can start with improving the maths and science teaching ability of the teachers. If SA wants Elec. Mech. & Civil Eng.’s we need to stop exporting our natural resources and get of our butts and start adding value to them first, form partnerships with whoever is adding value to them in receiving countries could be a start [our resources create jobs…..just not in SA]

     

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  • #42898

    This nuclear insanity is just the Arms Deal in new clothes. A cloak and dagger programme where it is easier to hide the skulduggery.

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