Wednesday 23 November 2016 8.32-----Sanity has finally returned to government, which has announced that South Africa will only need nuclear power to come on stream by 2037. The headlong rush to nuclear has been dangerous for the South African economy and has been widely criticised as an economically unwise path to follow because high build costs are locked in while renewable energy becomes more and more efficient.This from Business Day's story:The government published on Tuesday long-awaited energy planning documents that pushed the nuclear procurement programme back by 15 years, suggesting that new nuclear power would only be needed on stream by 2037.But despite the delay, Eskom said that it would go ahead and issue a tender for the construction of new nuclear power stations by December as it still remained possible, under some scenarios, that nuclear power would be required by 2025. With a 10-year lead time, this would require it to start building.You would think that the nuclear ...

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