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South Africa’s new energy minister talks about nuclear transparency, “public participation”

New energy minister departs from nuclear script, Times Live,  Linda Ensor | 02 May, 2017  Energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has committed her department to public participation and transparency around the nuclear procurement programme. In her first public comments since taking office‚ the minister told members of parliament’s energy portfolio committee that she did not have any problems with a call for public participation in last week’s Western Cape High Court judgment.

Judge Lee Bozalek declared that the determinations gazetted by former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson were unconstitutional and unlawful because the National Energy Regulator of SA had not followed legal prescripts around public participation.

These determinations were the basis on which Eskom has proceeded with its request for information for the procurement of 9‚600MW of nuclear energy.

However‚ while supporting the need for public participation‚ the minister said she was concerned about the status of the determinations.  It might be necessary to seek a declaratory order from the court or appeal the judgment……

May 3, 2017 - Posted by | politics, South Africa

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