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Save Bantamsklip

In March 2010, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust submitted a letter of concerns regarding the proposed nuclear power station at Bantamsklip, just over 22kilometres from our head office.

Having attended public participation meetings, a real concern exists that Bantamsklip (believed to be the 3rd preferred site) is definitely earmarked for development.

The response received from Arcus Gibb on behalf of Eskom show that the Trust has been instrumental in raising the profile of this incredible marine area by:

- highlighting Dyer Island as an Important Bird Area recognized by Birdlife International
- noting the presence of the Leach’s storm petrel
- noting the presence of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (which had been left out of the Environmental Impact Assesment)
- highlighting other marine species not covered in the EIA
Most importantly, Dr Peter Best of the University of Pretoria, will in future be consulted regarding the species of this area and any possible monitoring programmes.

We do not feel all our questions were sufficiently answered. A second draft EIA was done and again we submitted our comments. We await the response.

Our original submission can be read here.
To read the full response click here.

The Trust has together with the Save Bantamsklip organization and Richard Pierce of Shark Conservation Society (UK) initiated a petition. This petition is currently supported by many of the shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai who are able to bring this topic to the attention of our international clients. We urgently require signatures to make a plea to our government officials in 2012. Please help us by signing here.

More information can be viewed at
Eskom’s website: under the “Nuclear 1-Generation” link Arcus GIBB website: under the “Nuclear 1 EIA” link If you interested in following the developments, you can register as an Interested and Affected Party e-mail: / The Trust will actively continue our research into our marine species so that we can better understand and protect them.

© 2011 Dyer Island Conservation Trust

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