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South Africa – a government captured by the nuclear industry

#StateCapture fears as SA nuclear bid lifts off, IOL 19 NOVEMBER 2017, Johannesburg – Russian state energy firm Rosatom is pushing ahead with its nuclear bid despite two environmental groups taking Energy Minister David Mahlobo to court to block the nuclear build programme.

Head of Rosatom in sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on Saturday it was still in the race to build nuclear in South Africa irrespective of what was happening.

Polikarpov, who was in Accra, Ghana, said it was not involved in politics and were businesspeople.

Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) lodged an urgent high court application this week to block Mahlobo from fast-tracking the nuclear build programme.This followed reports that Mahlobo was planning to finalise processes soon.

Polikarpov said it will still pursue the nuclear build programme in South Africa. He said Rosatom was busy all over Africa.

“As for South Africa if the government launches another tender we will participate. This is business for us which should not be mixed with politics,” said Polikarpov.

Earthlife Africa and Safcei said they went to the high court to block Mahlobo from pushing through the nuclear deal because he was fast-tracking the process.

Mahlobo will be in Parliament on Tuesday where he will brief the portfolio committee on energy on matters of energy in the country.

Makoma Lekalaka of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg said they wanted to put a stop to the nuclear programme.

“We are part of an international movement against dirty nuclear energy, where we have seen governments enter into nuclear deals that are not in the interests of their people. That must not happen in South Africa,” said Lekalaka…..

Lid McDaid of Safcei said they wanted to block the process because the state was now captured.

He said South Africa cannot afford the reported R1 trillion nuclear deal as the money would go to the people who are milking the state, and not the poor.

November 20, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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