Tag Archives | Nuclear Deal

Ramaphosa must explain appointment of Mabuza as envoy to Russia

The DA notes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Deputy President, David Mabuza, as his special envoy to Russia. With this appointment, it appears Ramaphosa is following former President Jacob Zuma’s lead after he appointed former Energy and Intelligence Minister David Mahlobo as his liaison to Russia. That culminated in the revamping of the Integrated Resource…

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Nuclear: Deal or No Deal?

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Thembisile Majola, told Parliament today that the new Cabinet is reconsidering the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that the old Cabinet approved in December last year. This is the clearest indication yet that President Cyril Ramaphosa may reject former President Jacob Zuma’s planned nuclear build programme. Ms. Majola told the Portfolio…

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We are ready to interdict the nuclear deal

The DA will not hesitate to interdict any attempt by Minister of Energy, David Mahlobo, to force through a nuclear deal despite the fact that South Africa does not need or afford the estimated R1 trillion deal. Media reports today indicate that the Energy Department has been forced to work overtime to ensure the Integrated…

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Mahlobo greases wheels for nuclear deal

Indications by the new Energy Minister, David Mahlobo, that the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be moved forward and ready by the end of November are alarming and are yet another instance of government sending mixed signals on nuclear energy. The IRP is a vital step for the controversial nuclear deal and is the most…

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Eskom must account before Parliament for alleged nuclear pay-offs

The DA will today write to the Chair of Chairpersons to request that Eskom is urgently summoned to appear before Parliament, to account for the damning allegations that the entity has paid off anti-nuclear research groups. According to a report released by amaBhugane, Eskom has allegedly paid the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)…

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Pushing ahead with R1 trillion nuclear deal will guarantee junk status

Media reports today that the nuclear deal is going full-steam ahead is extremely concerning and will essentially guarantee that South Africa will be downgraded by further ratings agencies, and will make recovering from this status even more difficult. According to a confidential document, in June Eskom will issue a formal request for proposals for the…

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BOKAMOSO | Zupta’s nuclear deal: either we end it or it ends us

Jacob Zuma’s nuclear deal will be disastrous for South Africa. It will literally bankrupt us, diverting billions of rands from poverty reduction projects, while producing a nuclear white elephant in two decades’ time. But it will make a lot of money for Zuma, the Guptas and ANC cronies in the short-term and they will be…

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Minister’s announcement on nuclear nothing short of reckless

Yesterday’s shock announcement by the Minister of Energy, Tina Joematt-Petterson, that the first phase of the nuclear deal is to commence come September 30th is both astonishing and reckless. Not only is the proposed nuclear deal the subject of litigation in the Western Cape High Court, but the announcement will add yet further fuel to…

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ANC attempting to block oversight over nuclear deal

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. The Minister announced in the committee that the procurement process would be overseen by the highly successful Independent Power Producer Programme…

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