The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
It is crunch time for South Africa's state-owned national nuclear company, which ran out of operating capital several months before its financial year-end.
Safety is not affected – but the national grid is.
The power utility this week put out a "expression of interest" tender to commercialise the business, leading to speculation it may be revived.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the appointment of seven members to the board of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, through a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
Radioactive waste storage facilities at nuclear power station Koeberg will fill up next year, the power utility Eskom said Tuesday, adding it has begun creating extra space.
'We don't have Russia sitting somewhere doing designs for us,' said the minister of energy in response to a question about plans for small nuclear units.
The steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station are not affected by possible welding deficiencies being investigated by its French manufacturer.
Some plants using EDF's technology might be impacted by defects relating to steam generator welding.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has come out strongly in favour of talks as his top diplomat came under fire from hard-line media for a surprise visit to a G7 summit.
North Korea fired two "unidentified projectiles" into the sea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the country's Joint Chiefs of Staff - the latest in a series of such launches by Pyongyang.
In 2016, a drone crashed into the Koeberg Power Station site.
Eskom expects that the Koeberg power station outside Cape Town will only be fully up and running again by the end of the coming weekend, says spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
Eskom is gauging interest from companies to develop and build small modular reactors using so-called pebble-bed technology and supplying the fuel they would need
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened a key meeting of top ruling party officials, state media has announced, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks.
An agreement between Russia and Ethiopia has been concluded on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi on Thursday, according to Rosatom.
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North Korea has praised US President Donald Trump as "different from his predecessors" as well as "wise" and "bold", even as it cast doubt on prospects for a future summit.
Local fisherman groups, environmental groups, and even neighboring South Korea have slammed the plan because of the risks it poses to the region.
Russia launched the world's first floating nuclear reactor on Friday, sending it on an epic journey across the Arctic, despite environmentalists warning of a "Chernobyl on ice."
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