ST FRANCIS LINKS GOLF CLUB
ST FRANCIS BAY
31 MAY 2011
6 – 8PM
There will be a Public Meeting on 31 May 2011 at the Links Golf club from 6 pm where findings on the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be presented.
This EIR has once again identified Thyspunt as the preferred site for South Africa’s next Nuclear Power Plant.
Eskom and their consultants, Arcus Gibb, have largely ignored comments made by the local communities, including the Thyspunt Alliance, and experts canvassed by the Alliance.
With respect to Geo-Hydrology, the new Draft EIA totally ignores input from Prof Fred Ellery, an expert in this field. (The report simply states that “there is no evidence of debris flows at the site”).
The report also ignores a study and comments made by Dr Johan Binneman, a leading archaeologist. The report does not deal with the subject of archaeology in spite of the matter being repeatedly raised.
The site happens to be of major archaeological importance, covering time spans of millennia.
Thyspunt is of major importance in terms of the cultural heritage of the Khoisan people. The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) has refused to approve the relevant Heritage Impact Scoping Report.
Last year the minister of Arts and Culture stated that the Nuclear Plant would not be built at Thyspunt for this very reason. The consultants to ESKOM deal with this matter by stating that an application has been made to SAHRA for a permit to perform test excavations.
The EIR states that the squid industry will only minimally be affected. This is in spite of the fact that various experts appointed by the South African Squid Management Association (SASMIA) have stated the contrary.
Pumping 7 million cubic meters of sand into South Africa’s prime squid breeding ground will have a huge effect and will in all likelihood spell the end of the St Francis squid industry.
The report concedes that the surf break at Cape St Francis may be adversely affected by the above spoil pumped into the sea at the building site.
If this is accepted, then it must also be accepted that the ocean floor will be covered by un-natural (ex-land based) sand, which must affect the squid!
The surf community has been vocal in their opposition to Thyspunt ever since the 1990’s and with good reason.
Destroying world class surf breaks will impact negatively on surf tourism as well as destroying the very reason many people settled here in the first place – to surf.