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Can Kouga cope with a nuclear power plant at Thyspunt?

3 September 2015

Should a nuclear power plant be built at Thyspunt, it will be the biggest and most expensive project ever in the history of South Africa.

Is Kouga ready for a project like Medupi?
Is Kouga ready for a project like Medupi?

With Kouga’s infrastructure not even capable of handling severe weather, just how ready is the Municipality to facilitate a project that could cost around R 200 billion?

“Questions we need to answer are the following,” said Elza Van Lingen, the leader of the DA in the region:

  • IS THYSPUNT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT A REALITY?
  • CAN THE DILAPIDATED KOUGA INFRASTRUCTURE COPE WITH A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE?
  • WILL THE PROJECT REALLY CREATE JOBS?
  • HOW MUCH WILL LOCAL BUSINESS ACTUALLY BENEFIT? 

“You are hereby invited to find out the facts from two authorities on the subject of municipal infrastructure preparedness for a power plant construction, as well as the impact on the economy of a rural municipality,” added Van Lingen.

Astrid Basson is a councillor in the Lephalale Municipality and her husband Dries Basson is a councillor in the Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo.

Both have played a major role in dealing with the municipal challenges presented by the construction of the R 154 billion Medupi power plant.

“As a DA winnable municipality in the upcoming 2016 municipal elections, it is important for the DA to act pro-actively and gain the necessary information that may influence Kouga’s planning and municipal budget,” concluded Van Lingen.

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The details of the meeting is as follows:

WHEN:                 SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

WHERE:               NICO MALAN CLUBHOUSE, 42 DU PLESSIS STREET, HUMANSDORP

TIME:                    11:00 – 13:00

RSVP:                    Eveline / Laurenay at 042 2951851 or [email protected]

“Numbers are limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible,” said Van Lingen.

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