4 June 2018

South Africa: Another Attempt to Push the New Nuclear Build Programme?

The draft Integrated Planning Framework Bill could be the latest worrying development in the relentless bid to push the new nuclear build programme forward.

On Monday, 4 June 2018, comments from the public on the draft Integrated Planning Framework Bill are due to the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency.

The call for comments makes the draft bill sound fairly benign, in that the DPME says the bill will provide for the functions of the department and establish an institutional framework for "a new predictable planning paradigm and discipline within and across all spheres of government".

However, upon analysis, the bill could be the latest worrying development in the relentless bid to push the new-nuclear build programme forward.

On 17 May 2018, Loyiso Tyabashe, senior manager of nuclear new build at Eskom, said at African Utility Week that Eskom is continuing with front-end planning for a nuclear build programme. This despite Cyril Ramaphosa sending clear...

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