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Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear
Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa's nuclear new build programme...

16 Mar 2017

Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign
Why Gordhan's silence on South Africa's nuclear option is a good sign

South Africa's Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan said very little about the energy sector in his recent budget speech...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Feb 2017

Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future
Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future

The 17th annual African Utility Week will take place from 16-18 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town...

21 Dec 2016

Finding on Thyspunt slammed by experts
Finding on Thyspunt slammed by experts

Eskom's announcement that the Council for Geoscience has confirmed there is nothing preventing a nuclear build at Thyspunt has been slammed by academics...

19 Dec 2016

Zambia and Russia sign nuclear deals
Zambia and Russia sign nuclear deals

Following a directive by President Edgar Lungu for the country to develop nuclear energy, Zambia and Russia have signed four memoranda of understanding (MoU) to turn Zambia into a hub of nuclear science for peaceful purposes.

By Rebecca Mushota 12 Dec 2016

Minister announces new Eskom Acting CEO
Minister announces new Eskom Acting CEO

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she has approved Eskom Board's recommendation to appoint the current Group Executive: Generation, Matshela Koko, as acting Group Chief Executive of Eskom...

30 Nov 2016

SA's new energy plan sparks strong emotions. Here's why...
SA's new energy plan sparks strong emotions. Here's why...

The long-awaited updated South African IRP has been released for comment...

By Hartmut Winkler 30 Nov 2016

New nuclear energy to come on stream by 2037
New nuclear energy to come on stream by 2037

Cabinet has approved a draft base case energy plan which paves the way for gas and renewables to provide the biggest chunk of new capacity by 2050...

By Linda Ensor 23 Nov 2016

Source: ingoodcompany.fsc.org
WWF-SA adds its voice to calls for open nuclear process

WWF-SA is deeply concerned about reports that the government is planning to discuss the proposed nuclear deal behind closed doors...

18 Nov 2016

Young artisans to gain from nuclear build
Young artisans to gain from nuclear build

It is a pity that the nuclear energy debate has been shrouded by what appears to be serious ideologues from the two sides; and, unsurprisingly, very rarely have cooler heads been allowed a voice. The litigation and policy ambivalence hasn't made things easier...

By Gaopalelwe Santswere 11 Nov 2016

Koeberg safety drill tomorrow
Koeberg safety drill tomorrow

An exercise to test the effectiveness of the radiological release hazard disaster risk management plan will be carried out at Koeberg tomorrow, 9 November 2016...

8 Nov 2016

SA's power utility wants to finance nuclear. This is a bad idea.
SA's power utility wants to finance nuclear. This is a bad idea.

South Africa's cabinet is to consider a proposal that a mooted nuclear power deal for the country be financed through the state-owned power utility Eskom...

By Seán Mfundza Muller 2 Nov 2016

Image source: Eskom
Questions mount over South Africa's planned nuclear power deal

Nuclear energy in South Africa is a very contentious issue. The decision on whether to proceed with the construction of a fleet of nuclear power plants is destined to become the financially most far reaching and consequential defining moment of the Jacob Zuma presidency...

By Hartmut Winkler 27 Sep 2016

Eskom says it can fund nuclear
Eskom says it can fund nuclear

Eskom can pay for the nuclear build programme because it will have accumulated a R150bn cash pile in the next 10 years, according to its head of generation, Matshela Koko...

By Carol Paton 23 Sep 2016

Source: Eskom
Routine maintenance shutdown for Koeberg Unit 1

Koeberg's Unit 1 will be taken offline for a month-long scheduled refuelling outage...

19 Sep 2016

It's time SA learnt from others and overhauled its power sector
It's time SA learnt from others and overhauled its power sector

South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth...

By Anton Eberhard 26 Aug 2016

SA reiterates diversified energy mix
SA reiterates diversified energy mix

Energy Minister reiterates a diversified energy mix that includes IPPs and the nuclear...

19 Aug 2016

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Westinghouse case pulls in Eskom managers

The suspension of senior managers at Eskom's Koeberg nuclear power plant followed closely on the filing of court papers in the Constitutional Court in which Toshiba subsidiary Westinghouse said Eskom had made false claims in the two companies' court battle over a R5bn tender...

By Franny Rabkin 12 Aug 2016

Three Koeberg managers suspended for drone crash and leaked documents
Three Koeberg managers suspended for drone crash and leaked documents

Koeberg's safety officer has been suspended following an episode where a drone crashed at the nuclear power site and was returned to its owner without the investigation being completed...

10 Aug 2016

(Left to Right) MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs 
and Tourism, Hon. Sakhumzi Somyo, and the Russian Ambassador, HE Mikhali Petrakov, on a milestone 
visit to Coega Development Corporation (CDC).
Russian ambassador pays Coega IDZ a visit

Russia's relations with South Africa have been in place for many years, especially at a political level, now the Russia - South Africa relationship is in the BRICS format...

7 Jul 2016

Engineering consultancy downplays links with Rosatom
Engineering consultancy downplays links with Rosatom

WorleyParsons says it does not enjoy a particularly close relationship with Russian nuclear vendor Rosatom...

By Carol Paton 5 Jul 2016

Dr Elzabeth Gilbert
#IRPA14 Low-dose radiation expert receives gold medal for radiation protection

Dr Ethel Gilbert of the NCI was presented with the Gold Medal for Radiation Protection on the last day of IRPA14...

16 May 2016

A new tradition - the IRPA Presidential Medal was presented to Renate Czarwinski
#IRPA14 Half a century of making radiation safer

In September 1966, the IRPA hosted its first international congress, staging it in Rome, Italy...

12 May 2016

Checkpoint to Chernobyl exclusion zone. Credit:
#IRPA14 Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima

On 26 April 1986, the world was rocked by the horror of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine...

11 May 2016

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
#IRPA14 Nuclear needs to lose bogeyman status

The perception of all things nuclear being an uncontrolled evil needs to change as the use of radiation technologies expand in medicine and industry...

10 May 2016

Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 11 March 2011 earthquake. Source: creativecommons.org/Digital Globe
Fukushima - the story continues...

The fifth anniversary of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has come and gone, and still the whole story hasn't been told...

By Roger Metcalfe 28 Apr 2016

Nuclear...Or not?
Nuclear...Or not?

It seems that the nuclear procurement process have been quietly swept under the carpet for the time being...

By Nicci Botha 8 Apr 2016

Engen is responsible for the fuel supply and logistics at the Husab Mine in Namibia
Fuelling the continent's leading uranium mine

When it comes to a mining operation the magnitude of Husab, you're going to require a lot of fuel for your equipment...

23 Mar 2016

Time to rethink monopoly state utility model of power generation
Time to rethink monopoly state utility model of power generation

President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SoNA) gave little indication of how it plans to afford 9,600MW of new nuclear power capacity in the next decade. He hinted that nuclear would only be rolled out on a scale and pace that South Africa can afford, but who determines that affordability?

By Peter Marais 18 Feb 2016

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