This year the Cape Argus cycle tour and the first commemoration of the Fukushima crises fell on the same day. Knowing that Cape Town pretty much closes down for the “Argus” we at ELA CT (Earthlife Africa Cape Town) realised what a fantastic opportunity we had to make people aware of the threat of nuclear power not only in SA, but also more specifically in Cape Town.
As the largest official cycle tour in the world, the Argus has 35 000 cyclists starting and finishing their 110km cycle within 30km as the crow flies from Africa’s only existing nuclear power facility.
While closed roads and being spread out on the route made things difficult from a media perspective, we were very successful in spreading the message to onlookers and cyclists as a whole. To aid this we are grateful to have had the support from various individuals and organisations in order to make activities such as these happen:
- Cape Town CBD: Projection of “No More Nukes in Africa” onto the civic centre at the start.
- Woodstock: Street theatre compliments of “Nasty Nuke”.
- Boyes Drive: Banner wielding protestors and banners compliments of Alan, Angela, Malin and Chris.
- Kalk Bay: Banner placement compliments of Rodney
- Chapman’s Peak: Banner wielding protestors and banners compliments of Jonty and Sam.
- Suikerbossie: Banner wielding protestors, flyer handouts and banners compliments of Diana and Co.
- Baillie Bay: Banner placement compliments of Esta.
- Finish: Street theatre from the “nuclear cyclist”, banners, flyer handouts and general PR from Jonathan, Marina, Muna and Gray.
Thanks for the support everyone and we look forward to your continued input as we come
towards Chernobyl day.