Energy Minister David Mahlobo has announced a major energy indaba for the first week in December, to get public participation on contentious issues like the nuclear new build programme. He plans to release government’s long-awaited integrated resource plan‚ which will determine the country’s future energy mix‚ before the end of the year. Briefing the parliamentary portfolio committee on energy on Tuesday on his ministerial plans‚ Mahlobo seemed a man in a hurry. "Let’s move‚ we don’t have time‚" he said. But he did not once mention the possibility of a Russian nuclear deal. Nor did he reveal any government cost estimates for the deal‚ which experts calculate to be about R1-trillion. "We must remember that nuclear has been a part of the development of the global economy. A multifaceted approach to energy requires that it must be considered in energy planning and there can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach," said Mahlobo. The minister faced criticism from within his own party. Parliam...

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