The Mercury

South Africa should not take nuclear path


It is unsettling and scary that, in the face of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Germany and Switzerlan­d deciding to scrap their nuclear energy projects, our energy minister decides to go on with the South African nuclear energy programme.

Please please, madam, you are in a favourable position. Learn from the mistakes of others; do not plunge our country into an unnecessar­y danger and waste.

Our country has plenty of sunshine, a rich source of renewable energy. Let us explore that and power every new house with solar energy before we create unsurmount­able problems for generation­s to come.

They will not forgive us when they have to deal with nuclear waste. That is, if they escape the disaster experience­d in Japan. ROSE TUELO LETEANE MAFIKENG

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