SA energy department rejects claims of illegal nuclear plans

Minister of Energy David Mahlobo was hammered about renewable energy and the expense of nuclear power, 30 November 2017. Photo: Flickr / GovernmentZA

JOHANNESBURG – The energy department has rejected allegations that it intends to proceed with its nuclear plans in an unlawful manner.

Minister of Energy David Mahlobo failed to impress MPs during his first appearance before the Portfolio Committee on Energy to discuss concerns about nuclear power and his relationship with Russia.

Mahlabo said he wants to put forward a revised Integrated Resource Plan to cabinet and he presented the plan at the ANC Policy Conference.

READ: No nuclear deal on the table: Mahlobo

Environmental lobby groups, Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities have launched an urgent court application against the Department of Energy. 

The groups want to stop any plans to procure nuclear energy, by preventing the department from issuing any requests for proposals or information.

They also want government to commit to involving the public in the process. The department said the court application is a waste of time and money.

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