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Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the at the AtomExpo nuclear conference in Moscow
Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the at the AtomExpo nuclear conference in Moscow

Johannesburg - The recession has forced South Africa to review its nuclear plans, Energy Minister Mmamoloko
Kubayi said on Wednesday in Moscow. But she emphasised that the government remains committed to ensuring energy security for the country through the roll-out of the nuclear new build programme as an integral part of the energy mix.

Reuters reported however that it is too early to say when the procurement process would restart. In March the Western Cape High Court set aside the nuclear agreements government signed with vendor countries including Russia, declaring them unlawful and unconstitutional.

Earthlife Africa and the South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute won the case after challenging the government’s decision to procure 9.6 MW of nuclear energy.

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