South Africa


South Africa features a variety of landscapes: deserts, dry savannahs, bushland, rainforests, lagoons, wetlands high plateaus and high mountains. Additional to that there is more than 2000 km of coastline with beautiful beaches.

In the region around Johannesburg and Krugersdorp, a densely populated area of 400 square kilometers is surrounded by six billion tons of radioactive tailings. Tons of uranium enter the water cycle. The already highly set maximum radiation levels regulated by law are surpassed by five times in this area.


News & Activities: South Africa

Turning point for the Karoo

Bildschirmfoto 2018-04-11 um 22.46.26Australian uranium company Peninsula Energy had planned to mine uranium in the Karoo, an arid region in South Africa. However, these plans were met by strong local resistance, supported by nationwide South African organisations, among others by SAFCEI - South African Faith Based Environmental Institute.

We had reported earlier.

The company had announced to leave South Africa in Oct 2017, and is by now leaving the Karoo region.

Read articles in ENGLISH and in GERMAN on how victory was won in the Karoo:

  • Farewell to Shell – and the Ozzies go (down) under (pdf)
    By Dr. Stefan Cramer
    While the Karoo is still in the grip of a crippling drought, relief comes in unexpectedly. Shell is even further downsizing its remaining “Karoo team”, citing poor chances of commercial success. Australian PENINUSLA ENERGY, bent on mining uranium in the Karoo, is leaving this month for good - after burning 10 million US-$ in consultants and legal fees. With rains across the Karoo and the big guys leaving, March 2018 might become a turning point for the Karoo.


  • Geplanter Uranbergbau vor dem Aus (pdf)
    Jahrelang hatte die australische Bergbaufirma PENINSULA ENERGY mit russischem Kapital in der südafrikanischen Karoo den Uranbergbau vorbereitet. Jetzt kommt plötzlich das Aus, bevor die Firma auch nur die Bergbaurechte erhalten hätte oder der erste Tagebau gegraben ist. Strenge Umweltgesetze und eine wachsame Öffentlichkeit haben das verhindert.

South Africa: Karoo Uranproject ist dead

Peninsula Energy Limited has decided to exit and sell its interests in the Karoo Projects in South Africa (Karoo Projects). It looks like we have won.

Peninsula Energy Limited withdraws from the Karoo, citing the bleak long-term outlook and the cost structure for the Karoo, anti-uranium-activists told. "We have said that before. Let's pop the champagne corks!!"

Karoo Uranium Mining - Another threat after fracking?

Background informations about the Karoo Uranium Mining Project in South Africa from Dr Stefan Cramer, SAFCEI Science Advisor:


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Deeds by Uranium One at Dominion Reefs

Dominionville01The national Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has reported at least 18 workers have died of work related causes over the past four years, and four women employees reported miscarriages in the past year. These concerns were further verified in 2007 when government inspectors called on Uranium One       "to halt all mining operations" until minimum legal health and safety precautions could be met.


Residents ignore radiation warning

[02/21/2011] Tudor Shaft Informal Settlement in Krugersdorp is built on top of mine tailings and is surrounded by land contaminated by mining activities and radioactive dumps

Residents of Tudor Shaft Informal Settlement in Krugersdorp are refusing to be relocated to another area after warnings that radiation levels have reached dangerous levels.


Vergiftetes Waser: 'Radioaktivster See der Welt' liegt bei Johannesburg (Welt Online)

Welt Online, 01.03.2011, 18:31:39

Giftstoffe wie Arsen, Uran und Kobalt aus Gold- und Kupferminen vergiften das Trinkwasser in Südafrika. Jetzt ist sogar die Millionenstadt bedroht.


Living in SA's own Chernobyl (Saturday Star)

Hundreds of shacks have been erected on a toxic and radioactive mine dump, experts warn

by Sheeree Bega
Saturday Star, January 8, 2011

WITH a look of pride, David Ncwana shows off his vegetable garden. The beans, he announces, have started to grow and the onions are getting along nicely, but the potatoes are taking longer than usual to emerge from the toxic earth beneath his feet.

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