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In South Africa, the Democratic Alliance has said it will not hesitate to interdict any attempt by the Minister of Energy, David Mahlobo, to force through a nuclear deal.

The DA said in a statement: “We will not allow Mahlobo to appease his friends, the Russians, at the expense of millions of South Africans who are struggling to survive with no jobs in a flat economy.”

This follows an earlier comment by the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, who told City Press in an exclusive interview that the country’s new nuclear build programme is not affordable and not necessary.

“There was a time when it was felt that nuclear is necessary and it must be implemented and programmes were started. But it became clear, as the economy took a serious dip, that we were not going to afford nuclear, that the country couldn’t afford it and the budget couldn’t afford it,” Gigaba said. Read more…

Brakes off on nuclear deal

Acknowledging recent media reports, the DA said: “The energy department has been forced to work overtime to ensure the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is ready by 14 November, a full four months ahead of when it was due.

“With each passing day, it becomes clear that Minister Mahlobo was appointed to make sure that the ‘necessary’ nuclear deal would be pushed through.” Read more…

The political party said “they will use every legal and Parliamentary tool at our disposal to ensure that the generations to come will not be shackled to massive debt that will compromise South Africa’s future.”

The DA is a South African political party and the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC).

 

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