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South Africa: ANC Conference to Delay Finalization of IRP

Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi on 14 August renewed government’s support for nuclear power in her answer to a parliamentary question from opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MP Mzingisi Dlamini. This has provoked concern that the government intends to ensure that nuclear power is given greater priority in the revised 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for Electricity, to the detriment of other feedstocks including renewables and gas. Although Kubayi’s answer merely restates the current government position, the way she chose to frame her reply provides an indication that nuclear energy is still central to energy policy.

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