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Nuclear Build Programme

Renewables stir strife over jobs

Date: 15-03-2017

The conflict between renewable energy and coal in SA was illustrated recently by coal truck drivers flexing their perceived might at the possible loss of jobs.

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Eskom-Coega join forces in new nuclear build programme

Date: 15-03-2017

Eskom and Coega Development Corporation yesterday signed a memorandum of understand to be co-operative in the mooted new nuclear programme.

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Eskom, CDC sign MoU in preparation for possible Thyspunt nuclear build

Date: 14-03-2017

As South Africa “gears up” for its Nuclear New Build Programme (NNBP), State-owned power utility Eskom has joined hands with the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) as its partner on the ground at the preferred Thyspunt site, in the Eastern Cape, for the construction of the programme’s first nuclear power reactors.

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SA Nuclear Power Deal: Vavi Says Its Another Means To Enrich SA ‘Political Hyenas’

Date: 14-03-2017

SA nuclear power deal has not seized to draw the attention of well-meaning citizens who believe it to be another means of milking the country dry in corruption.

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Eskom and Coega sign agreement on nuclear new build programme

Date: 14-03-2017

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development of South Africa’s nuclear new build programme (NNBP).


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South Africa’s nuclear dilemma

Date: 26-02-2017

South Africa’s stop-start nuclear energy project is on the move again, but it will have to overcome ferocious opposition from civic activists and even government officials.

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Nuke treaty with Russia has nothing to do with domestic courts‚ argues state lawyer

Date: 23-02-2017

Court is the wrong place to argue about the government’s alleged R1-trillion nuclear deal with Russia‚ government lawyers argued on Thursday.

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Looking for Mr. Nuclear

Date: 22-02-2017

Senti Thobejane, President Jacob Zuma's former point man on South Africa's proposed R1 trillion nuclear deal, appears to have gone to ground since his sudden departure as energy adviser in late 2015.

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The Largest Procurement In SA To Date Is In The Hands of The Western Cape High Court

Date: 21-02-2017

The brinkmanship over government's controversial decision to procure up to 9,600 MW of nuclear power capacity is set to be exposed in the Western Cape High Court from February 22 to 24.

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March against R1 trillion nuclear deal on 22 February

Date: 21-02-2017

Social justice organisations will march in Johannesburg and Cape Town in protest against the R1 trillion nuclear procurement deal.

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Credit downgrade could increase cost of nuclear - expert

Date: 21-02-2017

A downgrade to junk status could make the cost of nuclear power procurement “infinitely more expensive” than it is to date, said an industry expert.

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The Government’s nuclear power plans: is a rational debate possible?

Date: 16-02-2017

Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) instituted legal action against the Minister of Energy in October 2015. 

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To build or not to build nuclear power in SA?

Date: 15-02-2017

At the outset a more general comment must be made: that the advisability of the proposed nuclear new-build programme must be situated in a broader debate about the future of Eskom, and the ability of the South African economy to generate the levels of growth and investment needed to justify a build of this scale.

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NIASA headlines Nuclear Forum at Africa Energy Indaba

Date: 15-02-2017

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of the Nuclear Forum at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.

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South Africa bets on gas, renewables for biggest chunk of energy capacity

Date: 14-02-2017

South Africa will start commissioning new energy capacity by 2022 at the earliest, the Department of Energy said on Tuesday.

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Clean energy is not yet corrupt enough for SA

Date: 13-02-2017

The clever engineers who make wind turbines and solar panels perhaps need to have another subject added to their curriculum at university: Corruption 101.

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COEGA INTERVIEW: “In the nuclear space, CDC is working closely with various entities in preparation for the New Nuclear Build Programme with a focus in nuclear localisation”

Date: 13-02-2017

Exclusive interview with Ms Sandisiwe Ncemane, Business Development Manager, Energy Products, Coega Development Corporation. Ms Ncemane is a speaker in the upcoming Nuclear Power Africa conference at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May.

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France can fund SA nuclear project - Sapin

Date: 13-02-2017

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin believes France has capacity to fund and guarantee financing for South Africa’s new nuclear build programme.

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Nuclear energy still on the cards

Date: 12-02-2016

South Africa is not backing down on the nuclear programme and the cabinet will soon look at the companies bidding for the tender.

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GroundUp: Can Joemat-Pettersson make a R1-trillion decision without consulting anyone?

Date: 10-02-2017

Earthlife Africa and Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) will be back in court on February 22 to challenge the controversial nuclear deal between Russia and South Africa. The case challenges a decision by Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson to have her department acquire nuclear power to generate 9,600 MW of electricity. This kind of decision by a minister to procure something is called a determination.

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Zuma steers clear of nuclear in SONA

Date: 09-02-2017

As Eskom pushes to finalise the 9.6 GW nuclear energy procurement programme in 2017, President Jacob Zuma simply said that nuclear is a part of the electricity mix in South Africa during his State of the Nation address on Thursday in Cape Town.

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Calls to scrap nuclear deal during #SONA2017

Date: 07-02-2017

Civil society organisations and other critics of government’s proposed multibillion-rand nuclear plan called on President Jacob Zuma to scrap it during his State of the Nation address tonight.

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NNR delegation visit to Thyspunt yesterday

Date: 04-02-2017

Eskom hosted specialists from the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) at Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape yesterday,  3 February.

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Eskom receives submissions for building SA’s nuclear power plants

Date: 01-02-2017

Expressions of interest have been received from 27 countries amid accusations that Eskom usurped nuclear procurement from the Energy Department

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Eskom receives strong response to request for information on nuclear programme

Date: 01-02-2017

The power utility said some 27 companies had stated that they intended to provide a response to the RFI.

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Eskom receives interest from 27 companies for nuclear-build programme

Date: 01-02-2017

Eskom said on Wednesday that it has received interest from 27 companies who will submit information on their capabilities to build the proposed next generation of South African nuclear power plants.

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Eskom receives a good response to its request for information on the nuclear programme

Date: 01-02-2017

Eskom is pleased to report that the response to the Request for Information (RFI) it issued in relation to the proposed South African Nuclear New Build Programme has been very positive. Some 27 companies have stated that they intend to provide a response to the RFI, including major nuclear vendors from China (SNPTC), France (EdF), Russia (Rusatom Overseas) and South Korea (KEPCO).

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Eskom receives interest from 27 companies for nuclear-build programme

Date: 01-02-2017

Eskom said on Wednesday that it has received interest from 27 companies who will submit information on their capabilities to build the proposed next generation of South African nuclear power plants.

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Nuke deal with Russia will ‘import more graft’ – Corruption Watch

Date: 26-01-2017

Local potential partner in the proposed nuclear energy deal, Russia, has been ranked more corrupt than South Africa in the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index released on Wednesday by Transparency International (TI).

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ROSATOM DENIES REPORTS IT’S OFFICIALLY MADE A BID FOR SA’S NUCLEAR POWER PLAN

Date: 25-01-2017

Russian nuclear company Rosatom has denied reports that it's officially made a bid for South Africa’s nuclear power plan, but admits it’s still interested.

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Are anti-nuclear activists blinded by Zupta fear? Why SA needs nuclear power – economist

Date: 25-01-2017

With President Jacob Zuma and his friends pushing for nuclear power, and with the stench of state capture rising from much business activity connected with the country’s energy sector, it is hard not to be cynical about motives.

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Opinion: South Africa at an electricity crossroads

Date: 23-01-2017

There is a critically important debate taking place in the media at present regarding South Africa’s future power generating sources as set out in the 2016 update to Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2016) base case and assumptions.

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Nuclear the only viable option – Eskom’s atomic chief, David Nicholls

Date: 19-01-2017

In probably the starkest unveiling of South Africa’s determined nuclear-build intentions yet, Chris Yelland, investigative editor of EE Publishers puts the hard questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, in this fascinating interview.

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Bertrand Piccard: Renewable champion’s strong message to nuclear protagonists

Date: 19-01-2017

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is much sought after in Davos – not just by those who wish to bask in reflected fame, but also because of insights his unique experiences have brought.

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Understanding Eskom’s nuclear ambitions – an interview with David Nicholls

Date: 18-01-2017

In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed ten questions to David Nicholls, Eskom’s chief nuclear officer, to explore issues surrounding Eskom’s proposed new nuclear procurement programme for South Africa, and to try and understand Eskom’s thinking. These are his responses, published below in slightly edited form for compactness.

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Weekend AM Live, 7 Jan Nuclear energy at the fore

he use of nuclear energy has generated a buzz, with environmental experts lamenting the damage to our environment, and the wider society wondering if South Africa can afford to fund a project of that scale. We speak to Dave Nicholls, Eskom's chief nuclear officer; Kumi Naidoo, former global head of green peace and ambassador for southern african faith communities environment institute and energy expert Andrew Kenney

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The world is watching: ‘A struggling SA’ top 10 risk in 2017 – Time

Date: 04-01-2017

South Africa is one of the top 10 risks to the world in 2017, a report in Time magazine revealed on Tuesday. Time magazine gave South Africa a special mention as the 10th risk to the world, with the tag line “Struggling South Africa”.

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Forum to encourage pro-Thyspunt issues

Date: 01-12-2016

A forum was launched in Jeffreys Bay recently to lobby government and the public to be pro-nuclear energy and to educate the community accurately by debunking misconceptions on the new nuclear building programme.

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Minister clarifies energy plan issues

Date: 30-11-2016

The Lethabo power station, an Eskom coal-burning plant, is located near Sasolburg in the northern Free State. The minister of energy says the base case presented to the media recently is merely a starting point from which to test different scenarios.

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Inside South Africa's new energy plan

Date: 29-11-2016

The much awaited updated South African Integrated Resource Plan for electricity has been released for comment.

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Thyspunt residents divided over nuclear power station

Date: 26-11-2016

Residents of Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape are getting behind the idea of a nuclear power station in their region.

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Busa warns Eskom on nuclear plans

Date: 25-11-2016

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) yesterday warned power utility Eskom not to proceed with preparations to procure nuclear while consultations on the draft integrated resource plan (IRP) had not been completed.

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Eskom's Trillian links exposed

Date: 25-11-2016

The controversial Gupta linked firm, Trillian, quietly handled negotiations for Eskom to settle a massive insurance claim, a service that stood to land Trillian a slice of a R100-million fee.

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Say no to Koko

Date: 25-11-2016

If Brain Molefe's stepping down as the head of Eskom is in the name of good governance, then the utility's head of generation, Matshela Koko, shouldn't be selected to step up.

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Energy plan puts nuclear on backburner

Date: 25-11-2016

Planning for South Africa's energy future these days is like flying blind.

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IRP says no need for more nuclear power

Date: 24-11-2016

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted to see that the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2016) says there is no need for more nuclear power in South Africa before 2037.

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New forum to fight for Thyspunt

Date: 24-11-2016

A new Kouga business and community forum launched in Jeffreys Bay last night has called for the Thyspunt nuclear project to be speeded up and preference given to local people at all levels of the development.

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Eskom procurement plan unchanged by lower capacity target

Date: 23-11-2016

South African utility Eskom will stick with its plan to invite this year applications from companies interested in building new nuclear plants. This is despite the government's newly announced aim to increase the country's nuclear capacity by 1359 MWe by 2037 - less and over a longer timeframe than the previously announced target.

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Brakes slammed on nuke power plants

Date: 23-11-2016

The government has put the brakes on its R1-trillion nuclear power plans, with the first nuclear power expected to be generated only in 2037, 15 years later than first planned.

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Government delays nuclear plant plans as economy stagnates

Date: 22-11-2016

South Africa delayed plans to build new nuclear power plants over concern about their cost and the waning demand for additional electricity as economic growth stalls.

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Integrated energy plan to be unveiled

Date: 22-11-2016

All eyes will be on government’s allocation of nuclear capacity when the Department of Energy this morning unveils its long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) documents.

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Long-awaited energy plan due for release

Date: 18-11-2016

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has confirmed that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will today release the long-awaited Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), which includes the procurement of nuclear power as part of the energy mix programme.

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SA will see new energy plan in 'next few days'

Date: 17-11-2016

The Department of Energy will in the next few days unveil South Africa’s new Integrated Energy Plan, said Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency on Thursday.

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Nuclear briefing to MPs goes secret

Date: 16-11-2016

Energy committee chairman Fikile Majola, who once championed transparency in SA's new nuclear build, has reversed his stance in favor to secrecy.

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We need a massive effort to avoid Zuma's nuclear disaster

Date: 15-11-2016

South Africans will have to mobilise quickly and on a much greater scale than ever before to prevent the single biggest disaster facing us in the near future: the plans to build a fleet of nuclear power stations.

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South Africa's nuclear plan gains ground

Date: 08-06-2016

The nuclear new build programme will be spearheaded by a joint procurement team consisting of Eskom and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa).

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Nuclear build crucial to Necsas future, MPs told

Date: 25-10-2016

Parliamentarians have heard governments nuclear build programme is crucial to the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa).

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Lessons from new coal stations will help in nuclear build, says Eskom

Date: 24-10-2016

Power utility Eskom maintains that while constructing a fleet of nuclear power stations would be costly for SA, the running expenses would be lower than if other energy sources were used.

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Nuclear deal is nothing but a fool's gamble with our future

Date: 23-10-2016

At the heart of the cancerous rot in our state is the greed of a predatory faction. In their unceasing efforts to enrich themselves, they are targeting the management of mega-projects, our state-owned enterprises, government procurements and, in particular, the proposed nuclear deal.

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Eskom forges ahead with nuclear project

Date: 20-10-2016

Eskom is forging ahead with nuclear procurement despite the absence of an updated energy blueprint while also defying the government on signing power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs).

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Clear on Nuclear?

Date: 17-10-2016

I’m not a power generation expert, nor an economist, so I’m in no position to give any authoritative view on whether our country should invest in nuclear power.

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South Africa’s Eskom projects to use US$11bn to fund nuclear expansion

Date: 05-10-2016

South Africa’s power utility Eskom estimates it will spend 150bn rand (US$11bn) within the next decade to help fund a nuclear expansion programme planned by the government, a senior executive said

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Energy Minister delays release of RFPs

Date: 30-09-2016

According to SAnews Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has delayed the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding the Nuclear New Build Programme.

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Nuclear plan on ice as Eskom may take ownership

Date: 29-09-2016

Early indications are that Eskom may ultimately be responsible for the management and implementation of South Africa’s nuclear plan and not the Department of Energy as had originally been planned. 

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Kouga municipality to be gateway for off-site related infrastructure

Date: 28-09-2016

Kouga Municipality will remain the gateway for implementing off-site-related infrastructure elements. 

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Confusion over request for proposals on nuclear

Date: 28-09-2016

The Department of Energy insists that the request for proposals (RFP) for South Africa’s nuclear build programme is going ahead as scheduled on 30 September 2016, a source in the Department said.

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Nuclear proposal delay expected

Date: 28-09-2016

SCIENCE and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday cast confusion over SA’s planned nuclear procurement when she told journalists the request for proposals (RFP) would not be issued on Friday.

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Massive overruns on Eskom's new power stations

Date: 27-09-2016

The massive cost overruns on Eskom's new power stations mean huge and unaffordable increases in future electricity tariffs, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Eskom will ensure Kouga infrastructure in place before a thyspunt nuclear site

Date: 26-09-2016

Eskom will ensure  infrastructure will be in place before  the construction of a nuclear power plant at Thyspunt. This according to Loyiso Tyabashe, Eskom Senior Manager – Nuclear New Build, who met with members of the Kouga Business Forum (KBF) and the Kouga & Rural Business Development Chamber (KRBD) earlier this month, on 20 September.

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MPs tangle with Tina

Date: 21-09-2016

Parliament's energy portfolio committee has resolved to use its constitutional powers to compel Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to produce all documents related to the proposed nuclear build programme.

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Claim of nuclear deal going to Zuma family friend denied

Date: 19-09-2016

The Department of Energy has denied reports that the first nuclear deal has gone to a close family friend of President Jacob Zuma, while the process has not started.

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Media Statement: Department of Energy rejects the assertion that “Zuma pals score first nuke deal”

Date: 19-09-2016

The Department of Energy has taken note of media articles that assert that “Zuma pals score first nuke deal”.  The Department will like to place the following information into correct context.

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Zuma pals clinch first nuclear deal

Date: 16-09-2016

Shantan Reddy, the son of President Jacob Zuma’s friend Vivian Reddy, has clinched what appears to be a landmark deal for the country’s controversial multibillion-rand nuclear programme.

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Will nuclear tender ‘lock in’ bid price, energy expert asks

Date: 14-09-2016

A leading energy academic, who is opposed to the imminent issuance of a nuclear tender in the absence of an updated generation plan, says he will be paying close attention to whether the request for proposals (RFP) is a "genuine competitive tender for a fixed price contract", or simply a process for selecting a strategic partner, with the price being negotiated later.

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Nuclear industry welcomes request for proposals

Date: 13-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of SA (Niasa) has welcomed the request for proposals for the nuclear procurement programme.

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NIASA calls for transparent procurement process

Date: 13-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) welcomes the announcement of the RFP date – 30 September 2016 – for South Africa's nuclear power programme.

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Cost of nuclear build premature, untested - industry body

Date: 13-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) says “assertions and pronouncements” about the cost of the Nuclear Build Programme (NBP) are “premature” and “untested”.

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Mooted nuclear power estimations still premature

Date: 13-09-2016

Current estimations of the mooted nuclear power development programme were premature and untested as the various financing and risk mitigation models would only be known after the interested vendors had responded to the government’s call for proposals, according to the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa).

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Niasa calls for local content in nuclear energy programme

Date: 12-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has welcomed the announcement by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson that the request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement for nuclear power stations will start on September 30.

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Spotlight on localization as South Africa prepares for RFP

Date: 12-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has welcomed the request for proposal (RFP) start date for procurement of new nuclear power plants. It called for localization to be a key factor in the selection of a vendor through a "fair and transparent" procurement process.

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Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa welcomes RFP date

Date: 12-09-2016

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has welcomed the announcement of the release date, 30 September 2016 of the much anticipated, request for proposal for the procurement of nuclear power stations as part of the broader Nuclear Build Programme.

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Controversial nuclear programme to launch at month-end

Date: 08-09-2016

South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme will officially begin on September 30, amid a court case against the process and as rating agencies watch the country’s spending plans.

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State’s nuclear plan takes off

Date: 08-09-2016

The long-awaited procurement of nuclear power stations will kick off on September 30, when the government issues the formal request for proposals, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in Parliament on Wednesday.

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MPs told nuclear power could cost triple the estimate

Date: 08-09-2016

Parliament was warned yesterday that the final bill for nuclear power procurement could be three times higher than projected because of unpredictable cost escalations and the expense of decommissioning nuclear power plants.

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Tina Joemat-Pettersson refuses to provide papers on nuclear plans

Date: 06-09-2016

ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has refused to supply the DA with a range of documents related to the government’s nuclear power procurement plans, saying they are privileged, sensitive state documents the release of which "could compromise the new build process".

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Khoisan prepare for court action to stop Thyspunt nuclear project

Date: 05-09-2016

The Gamtkwa Khoisan Council has vowed to fight until the bitter end to protect their heritage site, Thyspunt – the proposed site for a nuclear reactor.

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Eskom remains confident with its nuclear aspirations

Date: 08-08-2016

South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, said in a statement that recent global developments indicate an international shift towards nuclear power generation and South Africa stands in good stead with its new build plans.

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Molefe's hard sell on nuclear

Date: 27-07-2016

LET me say from the outset that while I marvel at and support the impressive developments in the renewable energy technology over the past few years, I am by no means against nuclear energy.

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‘We are humbly the best’ - nuclear firm Rosatom

Date: 21-07-2016

Russian state corporation, Rosatom, has every intention to bid for the 9.6GW nuclear tender, once the South African government issues the Request for Proposal (RFP).

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The case for nuclear energy

Date: 20-07-2016

Nuclear as an energy resource can be useful for its low cost, low emissions and for countries to develop a self-reliant and independent energy supply.

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PRESS RELEASE: SOUTH AFRICA IS PURSUING A DIVERSIFIED ENERGY MIX

 

Date: 17-08-2016

The Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP, wishes to reiterate that South Africa is pursuing a diversified energy mix which includes Independent Power Producers and the Nuclear New Build Programme in support of the Government's programme of economic growth and development.

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Energy plan stalls on cost of nuclear

Date: 15-07-2016

THE Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the government’s long-term plan for electricity generation, is again stuck in the works, despite being six years out of date, with modellers and government officials wrestling over an appropriate price estimate for nuclear energy.

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Nuclear sector in crisis as SA weighs options

Date: 15-07-2016

THE world nuclear industry status report for 2016 may give SA pause for thought about its ambitions to build nuclear power capacity.

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France, South Africa join hands on development

Date: 11-07-2016

There is further room to increase bilateral trade and investment and expand cooperation between South Africa and France, particularly in energy and infrastructure, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

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Zuma mum on India nuclear support

Date: 11-07-2016

SA IS backing India’s bid to be included in the nuclear suppliers group despite Chinese efforts to block India’s inclusion.

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Russian-linked consultancy among advisers on nuclear build

Date: 28-06-2016

The procurement process to build nuclear power plants has begun to gather pace with the appointment of transaction advisers last month, including global consultancy WorleyParsons, a company with a close working relationship with Russian nuclear vendor Rosatom.

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Eastern Cape ready for nuclear roll-out

Date: 20-06-2016

The scale of the proposed nuclear power plant at Thyspunt Kouga Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape will dwarf anything undertaken before in the province. If successful, it is estimated that the project will add nearly R16 billion to the economy’s coffers.

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Nuclear will take long, says Zuma adviser

Date: 10-06-2016

NUCLEAR energy will be part of SA’s energy mix, but the process to build a proposed 9,600MW of capacity will be long, says Silas Zimu, the special energy adviser to President Jacob Zuma.

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French nuclear operators gear up for SA bid process

Date: 02-06-2016

THE race to secure the contract for the full 9,600MW of new nuclear power in SA is gathering pace, with French nuclear operators Électricité de France (EDF)/Areva saying it would not be feasible for a small country such as SA to opt for more than one technology.

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French prepared to wait for nuclear tender

Date: 01-02-2016

French government representatives lobbying for South Africa’s nuclear build programme bid said on Wednesday that they are prepared to wait, but “of course we cannot wait forever”.

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French nuclear envoy expects ‘spring’ release of South Africa’s much-debated RFP

Date: 01-06-2016

The French remain optimistic that South Africa’s nuclear request for proposals (RFP), which was initially expected for release before the end of March, will be issued before the end of the year, probably during South Africa’s “spring”, or France’s “fall”.

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Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

Date: 17-05-2016

While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come.

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New nuclear project financing discussed at conference in France

Date: 13-05-2016

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría has called for a level playing field for all low-carbon electricity generating technologies in energy markets.

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Joemat-Pettersson: Govt will stick to affordable nuclear plan

Date: 11-05-2016

Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the government would stick to a nuclear build programme it can afford and make sure the process is above board and free of any potential for corruption.

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SA targets more renewable power, nuclear expansion to be 'corruption free'

Date: 11-05-2016

South Africa will have connected 7,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to its grid by mid this year, the energy minister said on Wednesday, and reiterated that a planned nuclear expansion would be “corruption free”.

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SA’s nuclear process will not be rushed – Energy Minister

Date: 11-05-2016

“We will not rush the nuclear energy expansion process and will meet all the necessary national and international requirements for the new build process, led by the guidance in the main of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said today, 11 May .

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Nuclear RFP will yield ‘binding’ financial information – Minister

Date: 11-05-2016

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the upcoming nuclear request for proposal (RFP) would enable South Africa to secure the “binding commercial and financial information” required to allow Cabinet to take a final decision on how best to implement the proposed build programme.

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Nuclear regulator sees 2018 decision on Eskom sites

Date: 09-05-2016

South Africa's National Nuclear Regulator expects to finalise a decision by 2018 on power utility Eskom's two new site license applications, a senior official said on Monday.

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Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

Date: 06-05-2016

Renewable-energy producers who believe the nuclear new build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable-energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo.

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Economic status hinders nuclear developments

Date: 06-05-2016

The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to ‘junk’ status by credit rating companies.

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African countries have major nuclear ambitions

Date: 06-05-2016

Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage.

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Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry

Date: 06-05-2016

Owing to the current global economic climate, South Africa’s nuclear procurement deal has had several industry professionals questioning whether the country will be able to afford the projected R1-trillion project.

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Nuclear awareness low, rational debate needed in South Africa

Date: 06-05-2016

The general perceptions, often misinformed, surrounding nuclear development and South Africa’s nuclear programme need to be unpacked and clarified, so that citizens can make their own informed decisions, rationally, around the subject, industry proponents urged on Friday.

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There is a business case for nuclear in South Africa, says Necsa CEO

Date: 06-05-2016

Government’s proposed 9.6 GW nuclear build programme has a place in South Africa, with new research showing that its base case cost could be lower than that of coal-fired power generation, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane said on Friday.

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African countries have major nuclear ambitions

Date: 06-05-2016

Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton Khlopkov, director of the Centre for Energy and Security Studies in Moscow said Thursday. 

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No economic case for SA nuclear plan - research

Date: 05-05-2016

There is no economic case to be made for a firm commitment to commissioning a full fleet of 9.6GW of nuclear power by 2030.

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Nuclear regulator’s authority also covers component manufacturers

Date: 22-04-2016

Any company seeking to manufacture parts, components or systems for future South African nuclear plants will have to meet the requirements of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR).

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Rosatom outlines benefits of nuclear energy

Date: 21-04-2016

Updated 4 hours ago The South African government’s decision to build a further 9.6 GW of nuclear power generation capacity would result in a significant boost to the local economy, Rosatom sub-Saharan Africa VP Viktor Polikarpov has told Engineering News Online.

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Eskom, please rethink this nuke site

Date: 14-04-2016

This is an appeal to South Africa's decision-makers and Eskom's chief executive Brian Molefe.

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Why nuclear will remain part of SA’s energy mix

Date: 08-04-2016

Recent comments by some energy experts about nuclear energy being too costly, and that South Africa does not even need it, cannot go unchallenged.

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SA postpones nuclear deal as court case looms

Date: 06-04-2016

A court case questioning the legality of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) 9.6GW nuclear procurement programme has caused the department to delay gazetting the request for proposals (RFPs), the Democratic Alliance (DA) said.

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Nuclear essential in fight against global warming – World Nuclear Association

Date: 01-04-2016

If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity – so affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association chairperson Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference.

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Energy minister ignored state legal advisor on nuclear deal: DA

Date: 30-03-2016

Energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson deliberately pushed through a controversial nuclear deal despite state legal advice pointing out that she required approval from Parliament.

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Request for nuclear build proposals expected soon

Date: 29-03-2016

he Department of Energy is this week expected to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme, which will add 9 600 megawatts to the national electricity grid. The department earlier this month said it planned to issue a request for proposals before the end of this month.

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Nuclear energy has turned into an expensive option: expert

Date: 22-03-2016

Nuclear power generation has turned into an expensive operation, even when the machines are amortised, said nuclear expert Mycle Schneider.

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Cape Town Plans To Cut Reliance On Eskom

Date: 22-03-2016

As South Africans are weary of paying lousy and outrageous electricity bills with little or no lights, some municipalities have devised alternative means whereby people will enjoy electricity and as well pay far lesser bills and the city of Cape town seems to have taken the lead in that.

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South Africa picks two new-build sites; Global nuclear growth to outpace energy demand

Date: 17-03-2016 

South Africa's power utility Eskom has submitted two Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) applications, at Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape and Duynefontein in the Western Cape.

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Unpacking the history behind South Africa’s nuclear sector and future build programme

Date: 17-03-2016

Nuclear engineering specialist and programme manager, Nuclear Engineering at the North-West University, Dr Anthonie Cilliers, draws a thorough timeline following the inception of the new nuclear build programme in South Africa, through his own personal research and experience.

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Eskom: We're ready for nuclear project

Date: 16-03-2016

Eskom says it has learned many lessons from its current build programme, which it will apply during its involvement in the nuclear project. 

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Kernkrag 'al Wat klimaat kan help'

Date: 18-03-2016

Die bedryf vir kernkrag moet uit sy pad gaan om die energiebron as veilig en volhoubaar te bemark

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10 000 jobs with nuclear

Date: 17-03-2016

More than 10 000 direct jobs could be created during the construction phase alone, should South Africa steam ahead with its nuclear energy programme.

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Eskom picks nuke sites

Date: 16-03-2016

The National Energy Regulator says it has received two nuclear installation site licence applications from Eskom to build new reactors along the east and west coasts.

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Eskom submits site licence applications

Date: 15-03-2016

South African utility Eskom has submitted site applications for nuclear installations at Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape and Duynefontein in the Western Cape to the country's National Nuclear Regulator (NNR).

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Professionally planning South Africa’s nuclear energy projects

Date: 14-03-2016

South Africa’s ability to successfully manage its proposed nuclear energy projects should not be a problem as there exists within the country an adequate number of personnel with the necessary managerial experience and skills for the task. However, the mere availability of these resources will not ensure project management success unless the appropriate project management structures and procedures are designed and implemented for the task in hand.

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Energy minister orders nuke build proposal

Date: 14-03-2016

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had instructed officials to finalise and issue a request for proposals for the government 9600 MW nuclear build programme by the end of this month.

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Nuke plants a step closer

Date: 10-03-2016

Zulu said there was a difference between a request for proposals and a tender - though tenders might not be necessary if proposals meet the government's requirements.

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French showcase nuclear localisation model as they eye South Africa programme

Date: 09-03-2016

Tucked neatly at the base of a seaside cliff on the Normandy coast, in northwestern France, and alongside two more mature looking domed nuclear reactor buildings, EDF’s flagship ERP nuclear project is a hive of construction activity.

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S Africa to issue request for proposals on nuclear build by month’s end, MPs hear

Date: 09-03-2016

If all goes according to plan, South Africa may be ready to issue a request for proposals (RFP’s) for its planned nuclear energy build programme by month’s end, energy department director-general Thabane Zulu said on Wednesday.

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Nuclear Partner

Date: 04-03-2016

The French government is building its case for supporting South Africa's nuclear build programme, with a visit to South Africa by the Special Envoy of the French President for the nuclear partnership, Dr Pascal Colombani.

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Eskom Environmental Impact Assessment

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Caution is needed for the nuclear future

Date: 29-02-2016

Just before Christmas, South Africa's nuclear procurement programmes was approved by Cabinet, allowing Department of Energy to start calling for proposals to provide 9600 MW of nuclear energy by 2030, equating to 12.7% of the country's energy generation.

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It could be a ‘year, two, or more’ before SA has nuclear certainty – Gordhan

Date: 25-02-2016

In an interview with ENCA the day after Budget 2016, which made only scant reference to the plan to build 9 600 MW of additional nuclear capacity besides the existing Koeberg plant, Gordhan stressed that the initiative was in the “very early stages”.

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Energy minister caught in crossfire over nuclear IPP plan

Date: 24-02-2016

The IPP office is a partnership between the DoE, Treasury and the Development Bank of South Africa. An ANC cabinet member, Joemat-Pettersson also wants the auditor general to form part of the IPP office to ensure even greater transparency and accountability.

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Treasury puts brakes on nuclear spend

Date: 24-02-2016

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan also backed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson in her efforts to have the nuclear deal overseen by the independent power producers' procurement office‚ which falls within her department.

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ANC attempting to block oversight over nuclear deal

Date: 23-02-2016

ANC members of the Portfolio Committee on Energy were at odds with Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson today, and attempted to block her attempts to conduct a nuclear procurement process that is both open and transparent.

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Joemat-Pettersson wants nuclear under IPP office

Date: 23-02-2016

The 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme should be run by the Independent Power Producer's (IPP) office, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Tuesday.

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A case for nuclear in SA

Date: 23-02-2016

South Africa is embarking on a major project to build nuclear power plants. This is the correct path to follow and is a well thought out, carefully-crafted project plan.

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Nuclear power must lead the mix

Date: 22-02-2016

The bishops' Justice & Peace Commission has called for costly referendum on nuclear reactors (January 13), but such a poll is effectively happening this year in the form of local elections.

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Joemat-Pettersson says nuclear is non negotiable due to water shortages

Date: 17-02-2016

ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday SA had to go “nuclear” because renewable energy could not supply the base load the country would need in the future.

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Build nuclear power stations or face massive blackouts: Group Five

Date: 17-02-2016

Expect load shedding 20 hours every day if South Africa doesn’t build 20GW of new power stations within a decade, a nuclear energy proponent warned on Tuesday.

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France promotes its nuclear expertise to South Africa

Date: 17-02-2016

He met with South African government officials and industrial leaders this week to advocate the benefits of French expertise, with the French government hoping South Africa will consider it as a partner in its proposed nuclear build programme.

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Joemat-Pettersson: We simply have to go nuclear route

Date: 17-02-2016

“We simply have to go the nuclear route,” said Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, “because we don’t have enough freshwater. Koeberg recycles 22-billion litres of seawater, while Medupi (coal-fired) power station uses 17-billion litres of freshwater.”

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Nuclear project back on the table

Date: 15-02-2016

The Department of Energy is expected to give a progress report in Parliament tomorrow on the nuclear power project after President Jacob Zuma reiterated the government's pro-nuclear stance.

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Are we clear on nuclear for South Africa?

Date: 15-02-2016

President Jacob Zuma’s remarks during last week’s SONA on the country’s nuclear future might seem contradictory, but this is not the case, says Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North West University’s School of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering.

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Long-term cement study seeks nuclear waste solution

Date: 14-02-2016

UK scientists say they have produced a new mix of cement that should be much more effective at containing nuclear waste in a deep repository.

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Zuma contradicts his nuclear plan

Date: 14-02-2016

President Jacob Zuma's commitment to test the market for vendors of nuclear power stations and build only "at a scale and pace" the country can afford, mean a programme on a much smaller scale, over longer period.

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Zuma zeroes in on the numbers

Date: 12-02-2016

President Jacob Zuma announced firm cost-cutting measures across the state in his state of the nation address.

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Russia, China front runners in South Africa's nuclear project-source

Date: 12-02-2016

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 12 South Africa will finalise requirements for its 9,600 megawatt nuclear power plant by April, with Russia and China the front-runners to win the bid, a government official involved in the negotiations told Reuters.

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Nuclear simply out of reach

Date: 12-02-2016

The nuclear build programme will be completed in an affordable manner, President Jacob Zuma pledged in his state of the nation address last night.

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Nuclear power in South Africa: ‘only on a scale and pace the country can afford’

Date: 12-02-2016

South African President Jacob Zuma spoke about energy in his State of the Nation address. The Conversation’s Energy and Environment editor, Ozayr Patel, and Voice of Wits producer, Elna Schutz, interviewed Professor of Physics Hartmut Winkler to get in-depth comment on what Zuma had to say.

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Zuma: Nuclear plan will roll out at pace we can afford

Date: 11-02-2016

South Africa’s nuclear build programme will roll out at a pace the country can afford, said President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

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Nuclear affordability emphasised, as Zuma unveils economic ‘turnaround plan’

Date: 11-02-2016

President Jacob Zuma unveiled the skeleton of what he described as an economic “turnaround plan” in a State of the Nation Address dominated by the current plight of the South African economy, which was unlikely to grow by more than 1% in 2016 and would not nearly approach the 5%-plus levels outlined in the National Development Plan.

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EDITORIAL: Necsa must clean up its act

Date: 05-02-2016

IF SA is going to invest R1-trillion or more in new nuclear power plants, we should be very concerned about what’s going on at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa).

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Black industrialist programme gets boost from nuclear energy desk

Date: 07-02-2016

South Africa's black industrialist programme received a boost this week with the creation of a business nuclear energy desk to help black entrepreneurs identify opportunities in the country's multibillion-rand nuclear programme.

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South Africa analyzes new build bids as global markets bite

Date: 26-01-2016

International vendors such as Russia's Rosatom are stressing the social and economic benefits of a new nuclear fleet in South Africa as the power-hungry country reviews state funding plans on a weaker economic outlook and turbulent currency markets.

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South Africa’s economic development needs a balanced energy mix

Date: 18-01-2016

The need for a balanced energy mix is critical when addressing the energy challenges facing the country. Not one electricity source alone is the answer to the country’s current problems but all form part of a holistic solution.

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ANC slams claims SA can't afford nuclear power

Date: 28-01-2016

The African National Congress (ANC)'s Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says claims that South Africa can’t afford nuclear power are 'mischievous'.

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Nuclear: 'It's a buyers' market'

Date: 25-01-2016

South Africans need not be unduly concerned about statements that government’s proposed nuclear build programme will be unaffordable at more than R1 trillion, according to academics at North West University (NWU).

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Who’s who in the nuclear zoo?

Date: 25-01-2016

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SA chasing 'nuclear bargains' in good time

Date: 25-01-2016

South Africans need not be unduly concerned that the government's proposed R1 trillion nuclear programme will be unaffordable, academics at North West University (NWU) say.

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S African delegation inundated by eager energy investors

Date: 22-01-2016

South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday told a briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the South African delegation had been inundated with requests for meetings from potential energy investors.

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SA delegation inundated by eager investors

Date: 24-01-2016

Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Friday told a briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the South Africa delegation had been inundated with requests for meetings from potential energy investors.

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Minister details energy mix plans

Date: 24-01-2016

Nuclear power is just one part of a much larger, integrated South Africa strategy focused on a mix of energy sources that seeks to improve local, regional and pan-African stability and economic growth.

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Diplomacy so quiet it often seems inaudible

Date: 24-01-2016

The chairman of Business Leadership SA, Bobby Godsell, has defended its extraordinatily tepid, not to say pusillanimous, response to President Jacob Zuma's firing of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene last year.

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Hope Springs: Joemat-Pettersson assures, nuclear deal won’t be rushed through

Date: 22-01-2016

Having been the subject of rather thin skinned responses from politicians over the past 24 hours, it’s a pleasure to share some good news from Davos. SA’s potentially bankrupting nuclear deal is far from a fait accompli. And there is a realisation in cabinet that the consequences are too big to allow it to be subjected to political interference.

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Nuclear: 'It's a buyers' market'

Date: 25-01-2016

South Africans need not be unduly concerned about statements that government’s proposed nuclear build programme will be unaffordable at more than R1 trillion, according to academics at North West University (NWU).

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New nuclear lacks a business case for South Africa

Date: 13-01-2015

New nuclear power lacks a business case for South Africa, the chief scientist at the American-based Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a strident opinion piece published in the Business Day. 

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How SA can build nuclear plants without overruns and delays

Date: 13-01-2016

A South African chemical engineer with three decades of big build experience has explained how South Africa can build its nuclear power plants in a way that avoids any delays or added costs.

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Nuclear build developments

Date: 06-01-2016

The Department of Energy has moved to clarify reports that government and Cabinet have finalised a decision to implement the nuclear build programme.

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As the world warms to nuclear power, the outlook for uranium is up

Date: 05-01-2016

In the wake of the COP12 climate meeting in Paris, which subtly endorsed nuclear power, and the aggressive move by China to build a nuclear plant a month, the supplies of uranium are once again in the spotlight.

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Press statement by the Director-General of the Department of Energy, Mr Thabane Zulu. Progress with the Nuclear New Build Programme

Date: 26-12-2015

There have been a number of reports alleging that the Government and the Cabinet, in particular, have finalised a decision to implement the nuclear programme

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South Africa Cabinet approves nuclear program Request for Proposal

Date: 29-12-2015

South Africa's Department of Energy has received Cabinet approval to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the country's 9600 MWe nuclear new build program. The final funding model will be informed by the response of the market to the RFP and be submitted to Cabinet thereafter for final approval and implementation.

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In the public eye: nuclear energy and society

Date: 03-12-2015

The UK is set to embark on a new nuclear build program that is expected to see around 16 GWe added to the electricity grid over the next 10 to 15 years, effectively replacing the ageing fleet of advanced gas-cooled reactors. 

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Why was Nene kicked to the curb?

Date: 10-12-2015

Nene's dismissal comes on the heels of a credit rating downgrade to just one notch above sub-investment grade by Fitch last Friday. South Africa's economy is barely growing, squeezed by low commodity prices globally and the near certainty of an interest rate rise in the United States next week.

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Nuclear energy sector ‘own worst enemy’

Date: 01-12-2015

Members of the nuclear energy sector are their “own worst enemies” when it comes to the global perception of the industry, delegates at the SA Nuclear Supply Chain Conference were told in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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Nuclear body anxiously preparing for SA move

Date: 01-12-2015

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is not sitting by idly while National Treasury and the Department of Energy mull over the various options for the country’s controversial 9 600 MW nuclear build programme.

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Nuclear key to South African economic growth, panel finds

Date: 30-11-2015

Nuclear power is the only source that can provide the baseload electricity that South Africa needs to sustain its long-term economic growth while reducing its carbon emissions, according to a panel of experts from industry, civil society and academia.

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Why SA should be excited about nuclear

Date: 26-11-2015

A piece of uranium the size of an egg contains enough nuclear energy to supply the electricity needs for the entire lifetime of one person. This is millions of times more energy than is contained in a similar size lump of coal, or in a cupful of petrol.

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Thumbs up for SA nuclear power plants

Date: 26-11-2015

Top energy researchers and lobby groups have come out in support of the Department of Energy’s plans to build eight nuclear power stations to supplement electricity supplies in the country.

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Nuclear and renewable: SA's ambitious new energy mix

Date: 23-11-2015

Heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity, South Africa is launching ambitious new projects aimed at diversifying its energy sources and avoiding the regular power cuts that have hobbled the economy in recent years.

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Conference takes SA a step closer to nuclear reality

Date: 23-11-2015

With South Africa’s nuclear energy programme edging closer to reality, leading businesses in its supply chain will meet next week to explore ways of benefiting from the R1trn industry.

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Nuclear project gains momentum

Date: 23-11-2015

South Africa's multibillion-rand nuclear energy project seems to be gaining momentum as the French government sent signals that it is still interested in the deal.

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Updated electricity plan must adapt to reality

Date: 13-11-2015

THE government is updating its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, and a report is expected soon. This will inform plans and budgets for bulk electricity supply for the next 25 years. Sound judgment and acumen are required, as poor decisions could prove very costly.

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Eskom CEO sees plan working for reliable power

Date: 13-11-2015

A plan to reform state-owned power company Eskom Holdings and provide more electricity to South Africa and its economy is starting to show results, according to Chief Executive Officer Brian Molefe.

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Nuclear would help Eastern Cape

Date: 13-11-2015

The sustainability of Eastern Cape economy was previously largely reliant on the automotive sector, with four vehicle manufacturers; namely Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Chrysler and General Motors, all based there.

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A South African venture into Russia’s world of nuclear energy

Date: 10-11-2015

A MEDIA tour of Russia’s nuclear facilities a few months back felt more like the Amazing Race on steroids than a leisurely sight-seeing trip.

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If government can fund nuclear programme, it can fund free education - EFF

Date: 04-11-2015

If the government could find R1 trillion to fund its nuclear programme, it could find money to make education free, the Economic Freedom Fighters said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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Why is South Africa interested in old nuclear technology?

Date: 04-11-2015

A global nuclear energy expert is baffled by South Africa’s interest in old technology for its nuclear energy programme, when reactors that consume its own waste are available.

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Necsa says nuclear energy decision is imminent

Date: 04-11-2015

THE government’s plan to build nuclear power plants will go ahead, with the Cabinet "poised to make a decision" on the way forward soon, the head of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) said.

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'Cabinet poised to kick off nuclear procurement process'

Date: 04-11-2015

The Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) says it's ready to support South Africa's nuclear new build program using its existing capacities.

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SA poised to make decision on nuclear energy providers

Date: 04-11-2015

South Africa’s plan to build nuclear power plants will go ahead, with the nation’s cabinet “poised to make a decision” on the way forward soon, the head of the country’s atomic energy company said.

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Nuclear procurement will be transparent - Necsa

Date: 04-11-2015

The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) has once again assured the public any purchase of nuclear power deals for the country will be completely transparent. 

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SA can't do without nuclear: Eskom CEO

Date: 04-11-2015

There is an urgent need to build more nuclear power plants in South Africa, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday.

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South Africa needs new nuclear plants urgently, says Eskom chief

Date: 04-11-2015

Eskom chief operating officer Brian Molefe said on Wednesday it was both urgent and feasible for South Africa to obtain more nuclear plants.

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Nuclear is ‘next big thing’ for Eskom, CEO Says

Date: 04-11-2015

Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, is preparing to take part in the country’s plan to procure as much as 9 600 megawatts of nuclear-generated power, its chief executive officer said.

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‘BENEFITS OF NUCLEAR MORE SUSTAINABLE THAN RENEWABLE ENERGY’

Date: 03-11-2015

Energy experts say the benefits of nuclear are far more sustainable than renewable energy.

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Meeting on nuclear plant striden

Date: 26-10-2015

A sizeable crowd filled the Gansbaai Tourism Hall on Thursday evening 15 October to query, question and oppose a proposed nuclear power plant. The meeting formed part of the public participation process required by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Nuclear-1, one of three proposed nuclear power plants for South Africa.

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Nuclear build programme under fire

Date: 27-10-2015

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson faces another round of tough questions in Parliament today on the nuclear build programme.

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More to assessing solar potential than just irradiation levels

Date: 26-10-2015

If even dim-witted cartoon character Homer Simpson think it's a bad idea for South Africa to build another nuclear power station - when the country is the "third best solar location in the world" - then why is the country's government pursuing it?

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Treasury allots R200m to nuclear plan

Date: 22-10-2015

THE Treasury has allocated R200m to the Department of Energy to "support preparatory work" on the procurement of nuclear energy, it was announced in the medium-term budget policy statement on Wednesday. The allocation will be used to "consider the costs, benefits and risks of building additional nuclear power stations".

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Nene allocates cash to hire the best nuclear brains

Date: 21-10-2015

The department of energy has been given R200 million to get the best global help in the procurement and building skills for the planned nuclear new build and other energy projects.

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Court bid to stop nuclear procurement

Date: 16-10-2015

Papers were lodged with the Cape High Court this week in an application against Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and President Jacob Zuma, aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear procurement programme.

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Questions that need to be asked about SA's nuclear programme

Date: 15-10-2015

It is very well known that the South African government is currently concluding preparatory work for the procurement of a 9.6GW nuclear energy programme to develop the country's nuclear energy capability in order to meet increasing national energy demand and security of electricity supply.

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SA's nuclear programme is classified

Date: 13-10-2015

Briefing Parliament’s standing committee on Finance, Treasury director general Lungisa Fuzile said he was not cleared to share any of the specifics of the reports compiled on the nuclear build, most notably the cost implications.

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Negative energy for SA

Date: 14-10-2015

The accused is Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. In yesterday's presentation on the energy budget, the page for "ministerial commitments to address root causes" was left blank by the auditor-general's office.

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SA nuclear head slams German comparison

Date: 09-10-2015

It is “nonsensical” to compare South Africa’s nuclear ambitions with Germany’s mission to scrap nuclear in favour of renewable energy, according to the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa).

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The Gateway to the Global Nuclear Industry

The World Nuclear Association is committed to ensuring that the nuclear industry is best represented in all forums where its interests are at stake; enabling co-operation between its members; and communicating the benefits of nuclear energy in order to improve the market environment and secure greater support from key stakeholders.

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CORDEL Facilitating International Licensing of Small Modular Reactors

The CORDEL Working Group established the Small Modular Reactor Ad-hoc Group (SMRAG) in 2013 to elaborate a path towards harmonized and well-regulated global SMR deployment. This group was directed to review the state of the art for this technology and its potential for standardization. Stemming from this review, this report looks at the various issues (positive and negative) that could arise in the licensing process for SMRs, applying the CORDEL concept of a standardized design approval process.

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Airport nuclear site fears

Date: 07-10-2015

The thought of having a nuclear power station built at the old airport site south of Durban has sent shivers down the spines of area residents.

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Africa engages in nuclear science

Date: 07-10-2015

In Africa, the slow adoption of nuclear science is attributed to a lack of understanding around the benefits of the technology's application, according to Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Call for suspension of costly nuclear programme

Date: 07-10-2015

South Africa's project to build nuclear power stations should be suspended for now to allow for greater transparency and avoid another arms deal scandal.

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Earthlife: Earthlife Africa declares the Department of Energy a danger zone

Date: 07-10-2015

South Africa's most expensive procurement to date, estimated at R1 trillion, continues largely behind closed doors and deep within the Department of Energy. Despite persistent calls from civil society for the Department of Energy to allow public participation and provide more information on the nuclear procurement, like cost estimations and socio-economic modelling, the bargaining for 9600 MW of nuclear power remains government’s most well-guarded secret.

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Minister Joemat-Pettersson clams up on nuclear

Date: 07-10-2015

In a meeting to explain intergovernmental agreements so far made by South Africa on the nuclear New tina-joemattBuild programme, Department of Energy DOE and DDG of Nuclear, Zizamele Mbambo, was completely overshadowed by the requests by Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, to preface the entire presentation with her own comments. She also was to speak first in answer to the many direct and pertinent questions from Opposition MPs directed at DOE.

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Greenpeace warns ANC to drop nuclear plans

Date: 06-10-2015

Greenpeace has a message for the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of its National General Council (NGC) meeting starting on Friday: drop nuclear energy, or face massive resistance.

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Nuclear plan splits community

Date: 04-10-2015

The residents of St Francis Bay are still talking loudly and long perhaps shouting about the construction of a R300 billion nuclear power plan at nearby Thyspunt

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Cost of nuclear likely to be lower than dreaded, expert asserts

Date: 25-09-2015

Nuclear physicist and senior lecturer in North-West University’s School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dr Dawid Serfontein (who holds a PhD in nuclear engineering) has rejected the oft-quoted estimate that South Africa’s planned programme of new nuclear power plants (NPPs) would cost the country R1-trillion.

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Japanese expert cautions SA on nuclear waste

Date: 23-09-2015

A Japanese nuclear energy expert on Tuesday cautioned South African decision makers to think carefully about nuclear waste before committing to its nuclear build programme.

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Planning commission on Wright track with energy

Date: 23-09-2015

A 30-YEAR-OLD electrical engineer who is the National Planning Commission’s new point man on energy says he hopes his youth will invigorate the conversation and give impetus to the implementation of the National Development Plan, which was adopted by the Cabinet in 2012.

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Just who will foot SA’s nuclear bill?

Date: 21-09-2015

South Africa could look to places like Finland and Turkey when trying to figure out a way to fund its high-cost nuclear build programme.

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Dismay over reactor study

Date: 19-09-2015
Published: Weekend Post - Main

The proposal to build a nuclear reactor at Thyspunt is set to take an important turn on Monday with the release of the long-awaiting revised environmental assessment.

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Rosatom weaves local web

Date: 18-09-2015

The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), seen as the preferred bidder to supply 9,600MW of nuclear energy to SA, said yesterday that it had launched a local website.

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Business Day denied nuclear cost reports

Date: 18-09-2015

THREE reports by top international consultancies which explore the cost of building 9,600MW of nuclear power in SA have been classified as secret and will not be made available to the public, the Department of Energy has said.

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Russia ‘may have jumped the gun’ on SA nuclear energy deal

Date: 17-09-2015

The public relations surrounding the announcement of South Africa’s framework agreement with Rosatom in 2014 was not handled correctly, sources in Russia said this week.

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Nuclear adviser's departure 'will not impact deadline'

Date: 16-09-2015

The fact that Tina Joemat-Pettersson's adviser on nuclear power has been fired will "difinitely not impact" on government's controversial plans for nuclear power stations.

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Rosatom moves to soothe SA nuclear fears

Date: 16-09-2015

Rosatom officials in Russia showcased their finest examples of manufacturing and nuclear energy facilities to a group of SA journalists on Tuesday, allaying fears over safety and manufacturing delays.

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Notification of availability of the revised draft environment impact assessment report (version 2)

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Nuclear plan: Nene vows transparency

Date: 15-09-2015

South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene pledged on Tuesday that the country's nuclear programme, its most expensive procurement deal, will be transparent, dispelling concerns among opposition parties that the government is moving ahead without proper disclosure.

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Joemat-Pettersson fires point man on nuclear

Date: 15-09-2015

THE key figure in the government’s bid to secure a 9.6GW nuclear energy programme, nuclear physicist Senti Thobejane, has been fired by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, raising new questions on the future of the project.

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Nuclear deal will be clean - ANC MP

Date: 13-09-2015

South Africans who are worried about the controversial and expensive nuclear deal being shoved down their throats have received support from an unexpected quarter.

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Why SA should welcome nuclear energy

Date: 09-09-2015

THE COUNTRY needs to have a strategic goal of using much more electricity than currently used, but to use each kilowatt-hour more efficiently than before. This is a sensible and profitable approach.

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ANC divided on nuclear - report

Date: 09-09-2015

A NOMURA Research report released yesterday on South Africa's nuclear programme says the political dynamic in the country is not solidly behind such a programme, even within the ANC.

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Nuclear secrecy criticised

Date: 09-09-2015

The parliamentary portfolio committee yesterday criticised Eskom chairperson Brian Molefe for the "veil of secrecy" over important nuclear information.

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Nuclear plan will not materialise - report

Date: 09-09-2015

A Nomura Research report released yesterday on SA's nuclear programme says the political dynamic in the country is not solidly behind such a programme.

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Kernkrag: Eskom-hoof vasgevat

Date: 09-09-2015

Brain Molefe, voorsitter van Eskom, is deur die voorsitter van die parlementere portefeuljekomitee oor energie berispe oor die "sluier van geheimhouding" was Eskom trek oor sy hantering van kernkrag.

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Nuclear power plants: no decision yet on Treasury's ability to pay

Date: 08-09-2015

National Treasury says no provision has been made in the budget for the next three years to fund the proposed fleet of new nuclear power plants.

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'SA won't face delays'

Date: 08-09-2015

Russia's atomic energy corporation Rosatom has disputed claims that South Africa will be at the back of a queue of reactor orders if it wins the nuclear build contract.

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We support new nuclear plants, says Brian Molefe

Date: 07-09-2015

Eskom supported South Africa's plans to build more nuclear power stations because the benefits outweighed any cost concerns, the utility's acting chief executive said on Friday.

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More nuclear would be a folly

Date: 03-09-2015

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that the government updates, in theory, on a regular basis is quiet limited in its scope.

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SA has project power

Date: 03-09-2015

I have followed the heated debate in the media on the government's proposal to install 9,600MW of nuclear power generation.

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Morality shut out of energy debate

Date: 03-09-2015

How ironic! As i walked into the parliamentary energy portfolio committee meeting in my episcopal shirt and collar, I heard an African National Congress MP saying, "I don't know why theologians express views on nuclear. They don't know anything about nuclear energy and should stay in their churches", or something to that effect.

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Nuclear power 'cheaper than wind, solar'

Date: 03-09-2015

Nuclear power is the cheapest source of energy in South Africa and is subsidising renewable power, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said.

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Nuclear energy will play bigger part in power mix

Date: 03-09-2015

A new version of the government's integrated resource plan (IRP), which projects future electricity demand and suggests options for the energy mix, will be published by March, and is likely to include an even higher share for nuclear energy than the 9.6GW already planned.

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Department of Energy Presentation of Intergovernmental Agreements for Nuclear New Build Programme to the Portfolio Committee on Energy

Date: 01-09-2015

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Updated IRP may raise share of nuclear power

Date: 02-09-2015

A NEW version of the government’s integrated resource plan (IRP), which projects future electricity demand and suggests options for the energy mix, will be published by March, and is likely to include an even higher share for nuclear energy than the 9.6GW already planned.

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Nuclear uncertainty – Energy Ministry turns to gas

Date: 01-09-2015

Nuclear has been a concern from the start; costs, secrecy and Fukushima, all pointed to a none start. Last week we also saw confusion around the $100 billion proposed project as the ANC and National Treasury sounded a warning around funding. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson now says ‘they’re not in a hurry’ but with reports that deals with France and Russia are in the pipeline,

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Minister vows no secrecy in nuke deals

Date: 01-09-2015

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has committed the government to transparent and cost effective nuclear energy procurement, saying there is no rush to strike a deal.

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Opposition grows to SA`s nuclear power ambitions

Date: 30-08-2015

South Africa's plans to build new nuclear plants costing as much as $100 billion (R1.3 trillion) are encountering mounting opposition from within the government and ruling party over the project's affordability.

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Nuclear EIA will be scrupulous, thorough

Date: 30-08-2015

South Africa has a proud history of nuclear safety, Koeberg in the Western Cape - which produces the cheapest electricity of all Eskom's plants - has operated incident-free for 30 years.

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Bleak outlook for construction

Date: 30-08-2015

Lagging economy, lack of projects mean more job losses.

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Unfazed by the row over nuclear build plans

Date: 30-08-2015

South Africa's planned nuclear build has been shrouded in controversy from the moment the energy-starved country decided to move forward with plans to replace its ageing coal-fired power stations with the technology.

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Molefe put on the spot on key points of IRP

Date: 28-08-2015

SPARKS flew on Talk Radio 702 on Thursday as Business Day editor Songezo Zibi went toe to toe with Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe on the state’s drive to procure 9.6GW of nuclear energy

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Opposition mounts to SA's $100bn nuclear plan

Date: 27-08-2015

South Africa’s plans to build new nuclear plants costing as much as $100 billion are encountering mounting opposition from within the government and ruling party over the project’s affordability.

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Nuclear imminent: Kelvin Kemm says wind/solar not viable alternatives

Date: 26-08-2015

The construction of a nuclear power plant is definitely going to happen and soon. “It is not a case of if, but when,” says Dr Kelvin Kemm, a nuclear physicist who heads up Nuclear Africa, a private project management company.

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Greenpeace Africa protests against S African govt's nuclear plans

Date: 25-08-2015

To protest against government’s proposed nuclear power plans, Greenpeace activists on Tuesday locked themselves in a 4 m wooden Trojan Horse outside the Department of Energy (DoE) headquarters in Pretoria.

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First nuclear site may be approved early next year

Date: 24-08-2015

The communities of Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis will have their say in the next few months about the construction of a nuclear reactor at Thyspunt, on of three possible sites identified for the purpose.

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Ramaphosa leads SA group in Japan

Date: 24-08-2015

Supported by a high-level ministerial delegation and several captains of industry, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Tokyo, Japan, at the weekend ahead of his official visit to promote SA as a preferred destination for foreign direct investment and trade.

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Nuclear must be affordable - Nene

Date: 24-08-2015

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says he will hold the line on the procurement of nuclear energy if it is unaffordable, and will reduce the head count of the public service to ensure spending stays in line with fiscal targets.

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'Nuclear not needed and perfect for graft'

Date: 24-08-2015

A russian activist who blew the whistle on South Africa's pending nuclear marriage with the former Soviet Union believes the deal is all about power; but not the type needed for the grid.

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Manufacturing lobby group questions South Africa's 'risky' nuclear plan

Date: 20-08-2015

Lobby group the Manufacturing Circle has become the latest business organisation to voice reservations about the South African government’s intention to proceed with a large-scale nuclear energy programme, describing any reliance on “old-style nuclear reactors to provide energy stability” as an “expensive, highly risky and deeply problematic intervention”.

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Cost of nuclear-generated electricity the most predictable

Date: 12-12-2014

We have had the pleasure of reading your article entitled ‘SA meets more nuclear vendors amid “costly diversion” criticism’, and would like to share our opinion on the cost of electric power and why we can confirm that the cost of electric energy generated by a nuclear power plant (NPP) is the most predictable for the end-user.

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Nuclear power integration critical for Africa

Date: 29-04-2015

Nuclear energy provider Rosatom this week called for the integration of nuclear power into African economies as a key driver of socioeconomic development.

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Parliamentary committee to rule on public input in nuclear deal

Date: 20-08-2015

PARLIAMENT’s portfolio committee on energy "will meet in due course to decide on the manner and date to facilitate public involvement" in the process to procure nuclear energy, committee chairman Fikile Majola has told lawyers acting for lobby group Earthlife Africa.

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Hurtling to an unclean disaster

Date: 19-08-2015

There is new evidence that the government has not done a proper environmental assessment for its proposed massive nuclear energy programme.

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Nuclear can pay its own way

Date: 14-08=2015

I have been following the anti-nuclear campaign by Professor Steve Thomas of the University of Greenwich for several years now. Because South Africa’s new nuclear build programme is expected to enter the tender phase in the next few months, many more people and groups have jumped on to the anti-nuclear bandwagon.

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SA’s nuclear plans ‘advanced’ - Zuma

Date: 12-08-2015

South Africa's nuclear power plant planning process is at an “advanced stage” and the multi-billion dollar procurement process should be completed by the end of this financial year, president Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

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GOOD ON PAPER, BUT IS IT REALISTIC

Date: 12-08-2015

IT is a truism that you cannot fix something until you admit that there is a problem in the first place. And this was true of President jacob Zuma yesterday, when he expressed enthusiasm about the state of the South Al`rican economy.

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Keen eye on state's nuclear spending

Date: 12-08-2015

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping a close eye on the cost of government's nuclear build programme, which President Jacob Zuma yesterday said was "at an advanced stage".

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Nene to keep nuke project costs down

Date: 12-08-2015

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping a close eye on the cost of government's nuclear build programme, which President Jacob Zuma yesterday said was "at an advanced stage".

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Watch on nuke plan cost, visas

Date: 12-08-2015

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping a close eye on the cost of government's nuclear build programme, which President Jacob Zuma yesterday said was "at an advanced stage".

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'No doom and gloom'

Date: 12-08-2015

Many South African families and the ailing economy would suffer if mining companies fired employees amid instability in the sector, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

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Nuclear solution process on track

Date: 12-08-2015

South Africa's nuclear power plant planning process is at an "advanced stage" and the multibillion-dollar procurement process should be completed by the end of this financial year, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.

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Zuma upbeat even as data show slowdown

Date: 12-08-2015

SA's manufacturing sector entered recession in the second quarter - putting a damper on the optimism President Jacob Zuma expressed yesterday that the economy would improve over the medium term

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Nuke programme set to go ahead

Date: 09-08-2015

South Africa’s nuclear build programme is under way despite strong objections from lobby groups that it would bankrupt the country.

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Nuclear build programme set to begin

Date: 09-08-2015

South Africa's nuclear build programme is under way despite strong objections from lobby groups that it would bankrupt the country.

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Nuke programme set to go ahead despite objections

Date: 09-08-2015

South Africa's nuclear build programme is under way despite strong objections from lobby groups that it would bankrupt the country.

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The Building Blocks of BRICS

Date: 05-08-2015

Established as a fortress, under the reign of Ivan the Terrible in 1574, the small town of Ufa, east of Moscow, played host to the seventh annual BRICS summit.

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Water alarm bells ring loud

Date: 05-08-2015

The recent water crisis in the town Dutywa reminded me of the issue of fresh water security in this country.

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Appeal body for power pricing gets nod

Date: 05-08-2015

The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa), which among other things determines electricity tariffs, may no longer have the last word on pricing amid plans to set up an appeal authority.

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Tina is a no-show at nuke talks

Date: 05-08-2015

An ANC MP has asked Department of Energy to reconsider the way in which it deals with information about the huge proposed nuclear-power building programme to prevent playing into the opposition's hands.

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Focus on renewables will lower power costs - study

A substatial increase in renewable energy by 2030 would result in far cheaper electricity that where SA to persist in its bid to build 9,600MW of nuclear power, a study by a researcher...

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Hearings to open debate on nuclear

Parliament's portfolio committee on energy is to hold public hearings on the government's plan to build 9600MW of nuclear power reactors, setting itself on a collusion course with the executive and the Department of Energy, which argue there has already been extensive consultation on nuclear energy.

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Eskom's role in nuclear plan reviewed

Date: 03-07-2015

Cabinet ministers are reviewing their decision to grant Eskom the ownership and operational rights of the proposed nuclear build programme, said the energy department's Deputy Director General Zizamele Mbambo.

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Imaginary costs

Date: 31-07-2015

THE article "Revealed: real price of nuclear energy" (July 29) should have been headlined "Revealed: imagined price of nuclear energy", as it was not about the actual cost of existing nuclear power but the estimated costs of future nuclear power.

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Necsa ready for South African new build

Date: 24-07-2015

Necsa is ready to support South Africa's nuclear new build program using its existing capacities, the national nuclear corporation's leader has told the country's main parliamentary oversight committee.

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Necsa deal costs to be revealed at bidding phase

Date: 24-07-2015

The government is steaming ahead with the country's multi-billion-rand nuclear build programme as it has undertaken sufficient technical evaluation to support its case that it is a sound investment for South Africa, says Department of Energy deputy director-general Zizamele Mbambo.

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Nuclear shown to be a solid investment, says department

Date: 23-07-2015

THE government is steaming ahead with the country’s multibillion-rand nuclear build programme as it has undertaken sufficient technical evaluation to support its case that it is a sound investment for SA, says Department of Energy deputy director-general Zizamele Mbambo.

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Necsa ‘can use existing capacities to support Africa’s nuclear new build programme’

Date: 22-07-2015

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) says it is ready to support South Africa’s nuclear new build programme using its existing capacities.

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SA: Energy Committee to visit Eskom, NERSA and other parastatals

Date: 20-07-2015

The Portfolio Committee on Energy will this week (21 – 24 July) undertake a week-long oversight visit to Gauteng.

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Russia can help SA fund nuclear plan - Rosatom

Date: 17-07-2015

Russia’s government is ready to help South Africa fund new nuclear plants if state-owned Rosatom is awarded the construction contracts, a company official said.

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At least one nuke power station for KZN

Date: 16-07-2015

he national Energy Department has confirmed its ambition to build one or more new nuclear power stations in KwaZulu-Natal to feed the growing demand by energy-intensive industries in Durban, Richards Bay and other areas of the province.

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Russian firm dimisses SA nuclear build fears

Date: 16-07-2015

RUSSIA’S state energy corporation Rosatom on Wednesday denied that it had already secretly won a massive nuclear power contract in SA, and sought to allay fears of corruption over the deal.

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Years of delay dog expensive nuclear reactors, says report

Date: 16-07-2015

NUCLEAR energy plants world-wide take much longer to build than planned and typically face large cost overruns, says the World Nuclear Industry Status Report for 2015 launched on Wednesday.

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Koste van kernkragplan verswyg

Date: 15-07-2015

Suid-Afrika se beoogde nuwe kernkragprogram "is bekostigbaar en volhoubaar".

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Iziphehli ezizosiza enkingeni kagesi

Date: 15-07-2015

Zoxazululeka inkinga yohunqamuka kwamandla kagesi kuleli njengoba kuzokwakhiwa iziphehli ezizokhiqiza amandla enuzi (nuclear energy) ukusiza kuliwe nale nkinga.

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Key nuclear strategic partner process for SA to start in a few weeks

Date: 15-07-2015

The process to determine who will be South Africa's strategic partner in the bid to generate almost a quarter of the country's energy needs from nuclear power plants will start within the next month.

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R500bn cost of nuclear build a gross underestimate, says critic

Date: 15-07-2015

The government yesterday put a number of the costs of the nuclear build programme, saying similar build programmes in like countries had cost in the region of R500bn.

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Nuclear energy coming to SA

Date: 15-07-2015

Plans  for nuclear energy are developing quickly, with four provinces already earmarked for plants that could reduce the country’s coal-dependency.

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Agreements with Russia queried

Date: 14-07-2015

The DA has slammed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson for crudely favouring Russia in the imminent trillion-rand South African nuclear build deal, while pretending to run a competitive process.

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Concern at Eskom's 'weakness'

Date: 14-07-2015

Top government official has expressed concern about Eskom's ability to own and operate the coutry's new nuclear plants owing to the parastatal's financial weakness and doubts about its capacity to take on an additional project of this size.

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New nuclear agreement shows SA's bias towards Rosatom: analysts

Date: 10-07-2015

Government’s announcement that it signed new agreements with a Russian state atomic energy corporation shows clear preference for Rosatom as a nuclear vendor.

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Coega looks to play key nuclear role

Date: 13-07-2015

The signing of nuclear memorandums of understanding between South Africa and Russia last week was welcomed by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

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Russian pact 'was about skills transfer'

Date: 13-07-2015

The Department of Energy has dismissded as speculative and baseless claims by the official opposition that the signing of the pact between Russia and South Africa has given Russians an edge over other countries vying for the R1 trillion nuclear tender.

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More clarity on nuke deal after JZ trip

Date: 08-07-2015

President Jacob Zuma's trip to Russia for the BRICS summit, which begins today, will signal whether he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stitch the nuclear deal

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South African procurement to start soon

Date: 06-07-2015

The South African government intends to begin its nuclear new-build procurement process this month, energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson has indicated in a response to parliamentary questions.

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Nuclear power: Who'll foot the bill?

Date: 07-07-2015

Russia is being touted as the likely winner of contracts worth up to $100-billion to build South African nuclear power plants - but how the country will foot the bill is still a mystery.

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Will Putin pay for SA's R1trn nuclear plan?

Date: 06-07-2015

Russia is seen as the frontrunner to win the right to build South African nuclear power plants that may be worth as much as $100bn (R1.2 trillion). With a six-month deadline to award contracts, who’s going to pay for the country’s biggest project yet remains a mystery.

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Government concludes the pre procurement preparatory phase for the nuclear new build programme

Date: 01-07-2015

Government continues to make significant progress in its engagements with various prospective nuclear vendor countries as part of the process towards the implementation of the expansion of the Nuclear New Build Programme, as required for energy security based on a sustainable energy mix.


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Nuclear deal with Russians 'not in bag'

Date: 28-06-2015

The government has dismissed claims it has chosen the Russians to build nuclear power plants, worth between R400 billion and R1-trillion, to increase the generating capacity in the country. 

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State to call for R1 trillion nuclear plant bidders

Date: 29-06-2015

This comes as President Jacob Zuma yesterday appointed former Eskom engineer and senior manager Silas Mzingeli Zimu as his special adviser on energy Deputy director-general for nuclear energy Zizamele Mbambo said construction would start in two years.

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Tina: No proof of Russia nuke bias

Date: 20/06/2015

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her department have rejected DA claims that South Africa's trillion-rand nuclear build deal has a Russian bias - despite a detailed agreement signed between the two countries.

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Russia or Japan set to benefit from nuclear deal

Date: 21/06/2015

South Africa is considering using reactors from Russia's Rosatom and Westinghouse for its 9600MW nuclear fleet expansion, an energy advisor to the government said yesterday.

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Nuclear power sites selected

Date: 22/062015

Nigeria has selected two sites for the construction of its planned nuclear power plants, as Africa's biggest economy tries to end decades of electricity blackouts that have blighted its growth.

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Murky nuclear plan no light at end of tunnel

Date: 22/06/2015

The government is commited to buidling 9.6 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear power plants, but no one has any real idea how much this will cost.

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New methods may be on way to store nuclear waste permanently undergroud

Date: 22/06/2015

More than half a century after the world's first commercial nuclear plant went into operation in the US, the industry may finally be nearing a way to store radioactive waste underground permanently.

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Nigeria flirts with the nuclear age, dancing to a Russian beat

Date: 22-06-2015

According to Reuters, Nigeria has finally decided where it is going to build its two new nuclear plants. While the exact locations are being kept under wraps – presumably to minimise protests from nearby communities, because who wants to live near a nuclear reactor?

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SA reveals partners for nuclear energy

Date: 16-06-2015

As the government moves on its timetable to appoint a strategic partner for its nuclear build by next april...

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Nuclear is way to go

Date: 12-06-2015

SIR - Allister Sparks is right and wrong about expanded nuclear power for SA (Zuma` s nuclear scheme is either crazy or another scam, June 10).

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Zuma's nuclear scheme is either crazy or another scam

Date: 10-06-2015

The Zuma Government has done many appalling things over the past six years, but it's latest decision, to commit the country to spending a trillion rands on six or eight nuclear power stations at a time when our economy is dangerously in decline, surely borders on lunacy.

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Nuclear power option makes sense

Date: 11-06-2015

"Zuma's nuclear scheme is either carzy or another scam" writes Allister Sparks (June 10). He is wrong on a number of counts.

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South Africa Energy Department to Lead Nuclear Build Program

Date: 02-06-2015

South Africa’s Department of Energy will take over from power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. as the lead agency implementing the country’s multibillion-dollar nuclear-reactor program.

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Govt unsure on nuclear programme cost

Date: 02-06-2015

Government says it cannot say how much its nuclear power programme will cost. This comes after speculation that it could cost in excess of a trillion rands.

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Energy department to lead nuclear build program

Date: 02-06-2015

South Africa’s Department of Energy will take over from power utility Eskom Holdings as the lead agency implementing the country’s multibillion-dollar nuclear- reactor program.

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Govt says making nuclear progress, but coy on funding

Date: 02-06-2015

The Department of Energy (DoE) told Parliament on Tuesday that technical preparations for the nuclear programme were at an advanced stage and that government was ready to move full steam ahead; but it kept details of how the programme would be financed firmly under wraps.

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No pricetag for nuclear build yet: energy department

Date: 02-06-2015

“As a department with National Treasury we have done extensive studies. We’ve done the financing models for the programme,” said , the department’s deputy director general for nuclear, while briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy.

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No pricetag on SA nuclear build

Date: 02-06-2015

The energy department was not prepared to attach a price tag to the country’s nuclear build programme as officials briefed MPs on Tuesday.

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DoE R1 trillion nuclear programme likely to be funded with electricity tariff hikes

Date: 02-06-2015

Today the Department of Energy (DoE) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Energy to brief it on the Nuclear Build Programme.

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Electricity price hikes to fund R1 trillion SA nuclear build

Date: 02-06-2015

The Democratic Alliance says that the Department of Energy (DoE) aims to fund its R1 trillion nuclear programme with electricity tariff hikes.

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Haste makes waste for SA nuclear power

Date: 02-06-2015

The government should temper its haste in order to address the myriad of concerns facing the nuclear build programme prior to the commencement of a potentially flawed procurement process, writes the DA's Gordon Mackay.

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Key details of SA’s nuclear procurement plan kept under wraps

Date: 02-06-2015

KEY details of SA’s nuclear procurement programme remained secret in a presentation by top Department of Energy officials, as well Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to Parliament’s portfolio committee on energy.

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Government plans to charge more for electricity to pay for R1 trillion nuclear deal: DA

Date: 02-06-2015

The Department of Energy and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Energy today to brief it on the Nuclear Build Programme.

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Governments nuclear cost muddle

Date: 03-06-2015

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation's Xolisa Mabhongo claims that "South African professional did not make foolish assumptions, do inaccurate financial calculations and go into a construction plan without having accurate projections of the outcome.

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Nuclear build programme gathers momentum

Date: 03-06-2016

GOVERNMENT says it will be ready to announce successful bidders f`or its controversial nuclear build pro gramme by the end of this year.

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End of year will reveal who wins nuclear energy bids

Date: 03-06-2015

THE government will announce the successful bidders for its controversial nuclear build by the end of this year, but it cannot yet put a price tag on the pro gramme which is expected to be about R1-trillion.

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Atlantic raises R565.83m

Date: 03-06-2015

ATLANTIC Leaf Properties, which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and has a secondary listing on the JSE`s AltX, has raised $304 million (R565.83m) through a successful private placement of 27.6 million new shares.

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Bank looks at tightening to control rising inflation

Date: 03-06-2015

A moderate tightening in monetary policy would help the Reserve Bank keep inflation under control without causing too much harm to economic growth, the central bank said in a report release yesterday.

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SA`s energy strategy a calamity

Date: 03-06-2015

Some parts of our world are already being delivered into a new industrial revolution, but it is one that will probably pass South Africa by because of our continued reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

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Procurement set to receive new financing model

Date: 03-06-2015

SA's nuclear power programme is likely to be financed following power-purchase deals backed by Eskom and government, which in turn will be funded through electricity tarrifs, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

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Nuclear deal to go ahead

Date: 03-06-2015

The first step to getting South Africa's new nuclear build off the ground will be take before October, with a strategic partner selected by April 2016, the parliamentary energy committee beard yesterday.

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Secrecy surrounds nuclear financing

Date: 03-06-2015

The financing of the country's nuclear build programme remained shrouded in secrecy, with the Department of Energy refusing to tell Parliament where the money would come from.

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Government plans to charge more for electricity to pay for R1 trillion nuclear deal – DA

Date: 02-06-2015

The Department of Energy and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Energy today to brief it on the Nuclear Build Programme.

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Electricity price hikes to fund R1 trillion SA nuclear build

Date: 02-06-2015

The Democratic Alliance says that the Department of Energy (DoE) aims to fund its R1 trillion nuclear programme with electricity tariff hikes.

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Seereey on nuclear bid raises doubt over country`s readiness

Date: 03-06-2015

The cost of South Africa's proposed new nuclear programme and how it will be funded is under wraps

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`Too soon` to assess SA on funding nuclear

Date: 03-06-2015

Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane, who represented SA at the confer- ence roundtable on the Brics countries, confirmed that the gov- ernment was planning to name its strategic partner for the nuclear build by the end of this year.

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South Africa Energy Department to Lead Nuclear Build Program

Date: 02-06-2015

South Africa’s Department of Energy will take over from power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. as the lead agency implementing the country’s multibillion-dollar nuclear-reactor program.

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Opportunity for South Africans to move to a nuclear future

Date: 02-06-2015

The Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson has made it clear that the country is going ahead with the construction of new nuclear power stations.

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Rosatom open to help finance S African nuclear build programme

Date: 02-06-2015

Russia’s Rosatom would be open to participating in the financing of South Africa’s nuclear build programme should it be selected as the country’s nuclear energy strategic partner and such participation be required, the State-owned group’s second most senior executive said here on Monday.

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Nuclear build will power economic growth

Date: 29-05-2015

There is not a single continent where nuclear power is not expanding. Nuclear power plant construction has now reached the pre-Fukushima levels. Important lessons were taken from the Fukushima incident and nuclear power plants were upgraded to meet more stringent safety requirements. The lessons have also been incorporated into new nuclear reactor designs.

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3 more years of load shedding: Zuma

Date: 28-05-2015

President Jacob Zuma says that load shedding is likely to last for three more years, after government completed a medium term outlook model for the supply and demand of electricity in the country.

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African to chair nuclear power conference

Date: 27-05-2015

A Pretoria-based nuclear physicist will be the first African to chair an international discussion session at Russia's premier annual nuclear power conference and exhibition next month.

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Nuclear not the full solution, former watchdog boss tells SA

Date: 27-05-2015

NUCLEAR energy should be part of every country’s energy solution but it is not the whole solution, Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Egyptian diplomat, said at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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Nuclear procurement must pass the test of sustainability

Date: 26-05-2015

THE energy crisis has been blamed on many things, including poor planning by the Mbeki administration which (among other things) avoided building new electricity-generating capacity.

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Nuclear procurement must pass the test of sustainability

Date: 26-05-2015

New coal-fired power stations are being built and renewable energy options developed, while a special Cabinet subcommittee, chaired by President Jacob Zuma, was established as the authority for decision-making, monitoring and general oversight of the nuclear expansion programme outlined in the 2008 Nuclear Energy Policy.

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Nuclear bidding to start in July

Date: 26-05-2015

South Africa, faced with almost daily power cuts, will start plans to procure nuclear energy from July, Energy Minister Tina Joemat Pettersson says....

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SA hangs on to obsolete power plan as Eskom is left in the cold

Date: 25-05-2015

ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says SA’s procurement process will soon start to select a "strategic partner or partners" to build 9,600MW of new nuclear capacity. The basis of this decision still seems to be the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 document that was accepted by Parliament.

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Shake hands with us on nuclear deal, says Rosatom

Date: 22-05-2015

The state-owned firm's nuclear ambassador, Professor Vladimir Artisyuk, is in South Africa to sing the praises of Russia's nuclear technology.

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SA will sign a nuclear power deal this year

Date: 20-05-2015

South Africa will conclude its nuclear energy deal before the year is out, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said yesterday.

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Nuclear energy deal partner to be locked down this year

Date: 20-05-2015

South Africa would conclude its nuclear energy deal before the year was out, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced yesterday.

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Nuclear deal 'by end of year'

Date: 20-05-2015

South Africa will conclude its nuclear energy deal before the year is out, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced yesterday.

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Nuclear procurement to start despite questions

Date: 20-05-2015

The government would begin with the procurement of nuclear power by July and was hoping to have a successful bidder by the end of the year, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said in Parliament yesterday.

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DA drops a nuke

Date: 20-05-2015

In a heated energy budget session, the Democratic Alliance (DA) gave Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson a roasting and continuously disrupted her during her budget speech in the National Assemebly in Cape Town yesterday.

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SA will sign nuclear power deal this year

Date: 20-05-2015

South Africa will conclude its nuclear energy deal before the year is out, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said yesterday.

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Nuclear deal starts this year

Date: 20-05-2015

The long-awaited, controversial South Africa nuclear power deal, worth billions of rands, will begin in the second half of this year, parliament was told yesterday.

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Ramaphosa 'king of coal'

Date: 20-05-2015

DA MP Pieter van Delen stole the show in the parliamentary debate on energy yesterday, calling Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa the "king of coal" for the money his companies have made from selling coal to this electricity-hungry nation.

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Planner vir kernkrag vanjaar nog voor parlement

Date: 20-05-2015

Planne word beraam om die verkrygingsprobourprogram teen einder vanjaar aan die kabinet voor te le, maar bouwerk sal waarskynlik eers veel later begin.

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SA nuclear build set to begin in July

Date: 20-05-2015

SOUTH Africa would start the process to procure a nuclear fleet to generate 9 600 megawatts of power from July, the energy minister said.

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South Africa procurement within the year

Date: 19-05-2015

South Africa will begin the procurement process for a new nuclear power plant in the second quarter of this financial year and expects to have selected its strategic partners by year-end.

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SA sends 50 trainees to China for nuclear skills development

Date: 21-04-2015

South Africa has sent 50 trainees to China for training in nuclear power plant operations in preparation for the imminent procurement of the nuclear-build programme.

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SA nuke trainees go to China

Date: 21-04-2015

The government is sending 50 trainees from the South African nuclear industry to China to take part in the nuclear power plant operations training, said the Department of Energy.

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SA trainees sent to nuclear power plant operations in China

Date: 20-04-2015

Government is sending 50 trainees from the South African nuclear industry to China to take part in the nuclear power plant operations training, said the Department of Energy (DoE.) The department said the trainees would be in China for a period of four months as part of the first phase.

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South Africa Energy Consumption – Is Nuclear The Answer?

Date: 24-03-2015

Additional power is needed for the South African electric grid. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the largest electricity supplier for the nation, requested industries to reduce usage to 90% of the 2013 baseline when four of its generation stations went off-line in 2014. 

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South Africa moves ahead with nuclear new build plans

Date: 24-03-2015

The government is making progress on its nuclear new build programme, and is in discussions with various prospective nuclear vendor countries to expand the programme.

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Nuke tender talks with Canada, Japan

Date: 23-03-2015

South Africa is gearing up for its third nuclear vendor workshop as it bores ahead with its nuclear build programme aimed at adding 9600 megawatts of nuclear powered energy to the national power grid by 2030.

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NC on list for nuclear sites

Date: 24-03-2015

TWO SITES in the Northern Cape have been identified for the possible construction of nuclear power stations. The South African government has identified a number of sites across the country which could be developed for the construction of new nuclear power stations.

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Canada, Japan to pitch for SA nuclear deal

Date: 23-03-2015

A third and final nuclear vendor parade workshop, scheduled for the last week of this month, will see vendor countries Canada and Japan presenting their nuclear technology offerings to government in a bid to clinch major contracts related to South Africa’s contentious nuclear energy build programme, which aims to add 9 600 MW of electricity to the national grid.

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Nuclear vendor countries vie for S African contract

n a bid to progress its contentious nuclear build programme and increase the contribution of nuclear energy to the country’s overall energy mix, government reiterates it is in talks with various prospective nuclear vendors over nuclear technologies that could potentially be implemented locally.

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Necsa Welcomes Government’s Positive Action On Nuclear Build

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, Necsa, welcomes the Government’s current work aimed at expediting the nuclear new build programme. The signing of Intergovernmental Agreements with various vendor countries marks an important step towards implementation of the decisions on an energy mix that includes new nuclear power generation, and which will ensure energy security for our country.

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