6 December 2018

South Africa: Nuclear Sector Governance in South Africa Heads for the Courts - Again

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Following a landmark judgment in the Cape Town High Court on 26 April 2017 that stopped the procurement of 9.6 GW of new nuclear power reactors by Eskom and Necsa in its tracks, nuclear sector governance in South Africa is heading for the courts again.

The top brass of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) has launched court action against Energy Minister Jeff Radebe as a result of the minister's attempts to remove the Necsa board, chairman and CEO.

This was confirmed this week by Necsa chairman Kelvin Kemm, who is initiating legal action alongside Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane.

Since the financial crisis at Eskom, Necsa has become the de facto custodian of nuclear technology and the nuclear sector in South Africa.

Necsa is a state-owned enterprise undertaking research and development and commercial activities in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences, and the production of medical nuclear radioisotopes and associated services through its subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes (NTP). NTP had revenues of about R1,3-billion a year before its production facility was shut...

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