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Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has committed her department to public participation and transparency around the nuclear procurement programme. In her first public comments since taking office, the minister told members of Parliament’s energy portfolio committee that she did not have any problems with last week’s Western Cape High Court judgment insofar as it stressed the need for public participation. Judge Lee Bozalek declared that the determinations gazetted by former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson were unconstitutional and unlawful because the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) had not followed the legal prescripts with regard to public participation. Kubayi said she would meet legal counsel on Wednesday to discuss the way forward. With regard to the international agreements signed with Russia, the US, China, South Korea and France, the minister said some of these were required for existing operations and could not just be put aside. Judge Bozalek declared the agreements ...

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