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Does South Africa need nuclear energy? Greenpeace and Nuclear Africa go head to head

Date: 07-02-2017

State energy company Eskom and President Jacob Zuma argue that new nuclear capacity is needed in South Africa, while environmental activists favour the expansion of renewables such as wind and solar. Julian Turner talks to Nuclear Africa CEO Kelvin Kemm and Penny-Jane Cooke of Greenpeace.

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Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board

Date: 07-02-2017

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Tuesday that Sandisiwe Ncemane has been appointed deputy president of its board with effect from January 1.

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World Energy Council Newsletter

Date: 02-2017

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We denigrate coal as a stable source of electricity at our peril

Date: 03-01-2017

Many articles suggest clean energy will save the planet, but one published by The Guardian in the middle of 2015 entitled "Clean energy won’t save us" is true for many reasons.

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Toshiba’s Financial Meltdown Puts Its Nuclear Projects at Risk Worldwide

Date: 01-01-2017

Toshiba’s audacious entry into the U.S. nuclear renaissance, once heralded as a major step forward for the industry, has turned into a financial quagmire and a potential major headache for current and future projects involving the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor.

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How to stop Zupta nuke deal in its tracks

Date: 01-01-2017

The news on John Robbie's last show on 702 on Thursday was that Duduzane Zuma, the president's son, had flown to and from Dubai at least five times in the past few months, sometimes in the company of Salim Essa, on an aircraft belonging to the Gupta family, President Jacob Zuma's sponsors.

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South Africa’s Eskom Releases ‘Request For Information’ On New Nuclear

Date: 21-12-2016

State-owned utility Eskom has released a request for information (RFI) related to plans in South Africa to build new nuclear power reactors.

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Thyspunt nuclear power station nearing realisation says community forum

Date: 21-12-2016

The most talked about nuclear development at Thyspunt is "getting high momentum and its realisation is imminent", says former Kouga Local Municipality Councillor, who is now the Chairperson of the newly-established, Thyspunt Nuclear Development Forum, Phumzile Oliphant.

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South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator hosts international nuclear mission

Date: 16-12-2016

An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa from December 5 to 15.

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BETWEEN THE CHAINS: Nuclear disaster looming

Date: 15-12-2016

Now that Eskom is forging ahead with its nuclear build programme, you can expect the parasites that illegally feed off the public wallet to get even richer next year while the general populace gets poorer.

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Government Will Forge Ahead With Nuclear Procurement Plan – Eskom Acting CEO

Date: 14-12-2016

Despite calls to suspend the nuclear procurement, state government still indicates it’s still open to the purchase as it has cleared the way for the procurement programme to proceed.

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Energy minister supports nuclear coming online in 2026

Date: 30-11-2016

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated on Wednesday that the nuclear new build programme will start coming online by 2026 and that renewable energy cannot be unconstrained.

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Giant Protective Arch Slides Over Chernobyl Site

Date: 29-11-2016

In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years.

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Did we forget about climate change, or is it no longer important?

Date: 22-11-2016

Dr Anthonie Cilliers, nuclear engineering specialist, talks about climate change and the roles played by the various energy technologies.

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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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Nuclear power generation tipped to double by 2040

Date: 18-11-2016

Global nuclear generation could more than double by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook. 

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POLITICS LIVE: Was this Gordhan's 'nuclear option' or is there more to come?

Date: 17-10-2016

Was this Gordhan's 'nuclear option' or is there more to come?

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S African nuclear regulator building itself up to meet future challenges

Date: 05-10-2016

South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is busy strengthening the country’s nuclear regulatory framework, in anticipation of the planned construction of a fleet of new nuclear power stations (NPPs).

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There is room for nuclear

Date: 09-10-2016

The outcry over government’s plans to build new nuclear power plants was based on “misconceptions” about the country’s Integrated Resource Plan – a comprehensive 20-year electricity generation plan, promulgated in March 2011 – a government official said this week.

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LETTER: Law could protect nuclear social pact

Date: 06-10-2016

A social pact between government, management and unions for the proposed nuclear energy project would provide guarantees
YOU published a letter from me in 2015 in which I advocated a social pact between government, management and unions for the proposed nuclear energy project.

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Nuclear power should replace much of our coal plants

Date: 04-10-2016

Coal is no longer king.  Power plants that burn coal generate less than 30 percent of our nation's electricity, down from 50 percent just a decade ago. From Alabama to Ohio and Michigan and elsewhere, coal plants are closing by the dozens.

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Eskom, Outa at odds over nuclear-site licensing notices

Date: 24-08-2016

Eskom insists it has complied with the National Nuclear Regulator’s (NNR’s) prescribed processes in its application for Nuclear Installation Site Licences (NISL) at Thyspunt, in the Eastern Cape, and Duynefontein, in the Western Cape.

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Presentation by Department of Energy: Briefing on the South African Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme

Date: 23-08-2016

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Police investigating Koeberg drone crash - Eskom

Date: 10-08-2016

Eskom on Wednesday, in a statement, said that a drone had crashed into its Koeberg Power Station site and that the company had suspended its safety officer.

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New York State Has a Plan to Rescue Nuclear Power

Date: 02-08-2016

Ratepayers will subsidize unprofitable nuclear plants in order to reach the state’s clean-energy goals.

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Fail-Safe Nuclear Power

Date: 02-08-2016

Cheaper and cleaner nuclear plants could finally become reality—but not in the United States, where the technology was invented more than 50 years ago.

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Renewable power 'just raises Eskom's costs'

Date: 24-07-2016

Public opinion may back an increasing proportion of renewable energy being plugged into South Africa's power grid, but Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says further independent renewable power production will be impractical and what he really needs is nuclear energy.

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Eskom to establish Specialisation Centre

Date: 19-07-2016

Eskom is to establish a Specialisation Centre that focuses on nuclear engineering and technology as part of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) Phase two programme, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Tuesday.

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LETTER: Science Council is no nuclear pressure group

Date: 04-07-2016

IN HIS opinion piece, Nuclear industry prefers to keep the public in the dark, Neil Overy distorts and misrepresents my positions, which — judging by this and other articles he’s written — seems to be his usual style.

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Govt urged to dump Rosatom-linked advisory firm

Date: 30-06-2016

Earthlife will on Thursday picket outside the offices of an advisory firm with links to South Africa’s nuclear build programme and Rosatom.

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Kenya: US diplomat – Thomas Countryman advises on nuclear development

Date: 21-06-2016

US diplomat Thomas Countryman, an assistant secretary in the US Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, has expressed concern with regards to African countries that have recently shown interest in the use of nuclear energy.

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Eskom promises to plug youth into nuclear future

Date: 13-06-2016

Eskom has initiated a major training programme for nuclear operators, saying it will train 100 artisans as operators at its Koeberg plant to meet South Africa's requirements in the future.

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Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

Date: 27-05-2016

The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation’s readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to.

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Rosatom seeks cooperation agreements for African nuclear expansion

Date: 19-05-2016

Russia's State nuclear agency Rosatom plans to sign cooperation agreements with Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to lay the groundwork for an expanded presence in sub-Saharan Africa beyond its planned bid to build nuclear power plants in South Africa.

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Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism

Date: 16-05-2016

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”.

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South Africa: Eskom’s Molefe disappointed by renewables

Date: 13-05-2016

In South Africa, Brian Molefe, CEO of the state-owned power utility, Eskom, has stated that the power generated by renewable energy technology has not helped the utility.

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NorthStar expands non-HEU Mo-99 capacity

Date: 12-05-2016

NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes has announced plans to quadruple its capacity for dispensing the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) produced at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR).

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2016 Budget Speech by the Minister of Energy Ms Tina Joemat-Petterson

Date: 11-05-2016

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Analysis: South Africa's 20 year nuclear family with Russia, courtesy of Tina Joemat-Petterssen

Date: 19-04-2016

EarthLIfe Africa (ELA) and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) on Wednesday lodged papers in the Cape High Court revealing how Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Petterssen had ignored advice by the state law adviser that a nuclear procurement deal with Russia had significant financial implications and had to be debated publicly before it could be adopted.

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South Africa and Nuclear Security Summits

Date: 18-04-2016

The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process - to prevent non-state actors, particularly terrorists, from acquiring nuclear material - was launched with fanfare in 2010 by US President Barack Obama with a single ambitious objective 'to secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years'. 

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Big nuclear build makes no climate or economic sense

Date: 18-04-2016

ThE climate negotiations in Paris set in place national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This prompted some support for nuclear as a climate-friendly alternative to electricity-generation, due to its low operational emissions.

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Earthquake Creates Pressure To Shut Off Japan’s Last Nuclear Plants

Date: 18-04-2016

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Japan Friday has intensified political pressure to shut down the country’s two remaining nuclear reactors.

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Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

Date: 15-04-2016

Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet.

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South Africans contribute to key French nuclear project

Date: 15-04-2016

South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal.

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Achieving better nuclear economics – new designs and industry structure?

Date: 30-03-2016

It was argued last month (March 2016, ‘Soaring nuclear construction costs - are they avoidable?) that solving nuclear power's most obvious current problem is difficult but entirely possible.

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Inside factory building Koeberg's lifesaving generators

Date: 16-03-2016

While Areva’s contract to manufacture six steam generators to expand Koeberg’s lifespan might be heading for the Constitutional Court, Areva said it plans to deliver on schedule.

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Nuclear energy essential to fight global warming – World Nuclear Association

Date: 16-03-2016

If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C above preindustrial levels 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 Nuclear Africa 2016 conference on Wednesday.

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Nuclear power pros and cons up for debate

Date: 15-03-2016

THE public protector’s office is considering whether it should work to pre-empt corruption in state procurement or only react after the law is breached, says deputy public protector Kevin Malunga.

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Bird poop likely caused US nuclear reactor outage

Date: 04-03-2016

Bird droppings were the likely cause of a December shut down at a nuclear power plant outside New York City, according to the operator.

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SA’s nuclear pebble bed reactor could get second chance

Date: 03-03-2016

A private South African team has been working on its own version of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, which it could export overseas, says nuclear expert Dr Kelvin Kemm. “We missed the first boat, but hopefully not the second,” he said in the below opinion story, which first looks back at the history of nuclear reactors.

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Bill Gates says China is the best place to pursue next-generation nuclear power

Date: 01-03-2016

Nuclear energy evangelists, seeing in it a carbon-free source of electricity that works whether or not the sun shines or the wind blows, are turning to China as a place to try out experimental designs.

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Reviving interest with small reactors

Date: 01-03-2016

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is desperately short of electricity which hist businesses hard, resulting in an average yearly loss of six percent of turnover, rising to at least 15 percent of sales in Ghana and Tanzania report African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Speaking with one voice for nuclear energy

Date: 29-02-2016

The nuclear industry today stands at a critical juncture and it is time to reassess our approach to each other and the wider world if we are to make the most of our opportunities, writes Preston Swafford.

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NRC to issue licence for Mo-99 facility

Date: 29-02-2016

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has authorized its staff to issue a construction permit for Shine Medical Technologies' first-of-a-kind medical radioisotope production facility to be built in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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SA needs more electricity efficiently for growth

Date: 15-01-2016

NO NATION, and most certainly not a developing one, should strive to use less electricity, but should rather strive to use more electricity, efficiently. There is a simple correlation in economics — the greater the availability and use of electricity, the larger the economy becomes. The two seem to grow in absolute unison.

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Global interest in nuclear development on the rise, hears Mining Indaba

Date: 11-02-2016

Addressing delegates at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, Simpson conceded that the capital cost to develop a nuclear power station was about two-and-a-half times that of coal and more than three times that of gas – an issue that had been a significant barrier to the adoption of nuclear power.

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China says will lodge protest with North Korea after bomb test

Date: 06-01-2016

China said on Wednesday it will lodge a protest with North Korea after it said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device.

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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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Nuclear Power in South Africa

Electricity consumption in South Africa has been growing rapidly since 1980 and the country is part of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), with extensive interconnections. Total installed generating capacity in the SAPP countries is 54.7 GWe, of which around 80% is South African1, mostly coal-fired, and largely under the control of the state utility Eskom.

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South Africa Sees New Nuclear Plants Operational After 2020

South Africa expects planned new nuclear plants, needed to address power constraints, to become operational after 2020, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

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Zuma names members of Cabinet sub-committee on energy

President Jacob Zuma announced the composition on Wednesday of the ‘Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee’, which he said would oversee the development of South Africa’s future energy mix.

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South Africa budgets for nuclear

South Africa has confirmed its commitment to nuclear power, allocating ZAR850 million ($81 million) – over 10% of its energy ministry's budget – to research and development.

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Minister plans to transform energy sector

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson plans speed up the empowerment of women and youth in the energy sector

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Anti-nuclear tirade is paranoid, illogical nonsense

I read with amazement the letter of Joachim Zimmer (“SA neither needs, nor can it afford, nuclear”, Business Report, June 9) attacking the nuclear information article of Keith Bryer (“The truth of the matter,” Business Report, June 6).

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Integrated Energy Plan to be published by March 2015

Following the July 2013 launch of a public consultation phase for the formulation of South Africa’s envisaged Integrated Energy Plan (IEP), The Department of Energy (DoE) has advised that the final plan will be published by March next year.

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Let us advance with nuclear power

Once again, we have heard the President of SA saying we should advance with the safest, cleanest, most economic and sustainable source of baseload electricity (large scale electricity delivered reliably 24 hours a day, 365 days a year). 

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Remarks by the Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson

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Relooking SA's nuclear law regime (09 May 2014)

The recent publication of the 2013 Updated Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity by the Department of Energy (DoE) has indicated that the construction of nuclear power plants, which would have contributed 9.6GWh to the country's power generation mix, as envisaged in the March 25 2011 Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity, may be delayed.

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New nuclear power is SA dependent on future electricity demand (15 April 2014)

Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants.

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Renewable Energy (15 April 2014)

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) Programme constitures one of the energy mixes as outlined in the National Development Plan and the Intergrated Resource Plan 2010-30.

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Martins set to announce new electricity projects (14 April 2014)

Details of SA's long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer projects to be announced.

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Nuclear Options

Three years after Fukushima disaster, atomic power has stagnated in countries where it has historically played a large role in electricity generation.

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