Australian news, and some related international items

Crooked nuclear deals in South Africa

Did Australians know that the Australian nuclear lobby, presumably The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO, had done a deal to partner with the corrupt Zuma South African regime, to develop nuclear technologies?
Nuclear deal’ claims first scalp: Necsa’s CEO Phumzile Tshelane News 24 2019-05-11 The Russian nuclear deal is claiming its first victim with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) poised to fire its chief executive, Phumzile Tshelane.

Tshelane – who was party to a cooperation agreement signed with Rusatom Healthcare, a subsidiary of Russian nuclear agency Rosatom – was found guilty on Friday of four charges of misconduct by its chairperson advocate Nazeer Cassim SC.

Documents obtained by City Press revealed that Tshelane was found guilty of having signed the nuclear cooperation agreement without the approval of Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, as well as splurging R500 000 on a golf day when the entity could not afford to pay salaries and unlawfully appointing one of the board members and paying him a monthly retainer.

“The CEO was not entitled to participate in the signing of the so-called nuclear deal without ministerial approval,” Cassim said…….

According to the charge sheet, in July last year Necsa, with the State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom), concluded the Strategic Document on Cooperation in the Sphere of Non-Power Related Uses of Nuclear Technologies.

That agreement “bound Necsa to cooperate with Rosatom to investigate the possible deepening of commercial cooperation in areas of production and distribution of MO-99 Radio Isotope for the global market”.

They also wanted to build solution reactors in South Africa.

The charge sheet states that the draft agreement was discussed with Radebe who said the collaboration would amount to a conflict of interest as South Africa was already in partnership with Australia on similar projects.

But the Rosatom signing went ahead, regardless, and it was announced soon after……….

May 13, 2019 - Posted by | General News

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