Energy Minister David Mahlobo has contradicted Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on nuclear procurement, telling the energy committee in Parliament on Tuesday that the country needs nuclear power. Mahlobo also insisted that the recent High Court in Cape Town judgment setting aside the government’s determination on nuclear did not prohibit the state from proceeding with its nuclear plans. The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute has applied to the High Court in Johannesburg to have the nuclear build plans halted. Mahlobo’s remarks flew in the face of Gigaba’s statements that the country could not afford to procure nuclear. "There is no nuclear deal on the table. But that does not mean that we will not have a nuclear deal in the future. "The issue we are dealing with is that there is a tender and renewables are currently having R100bn allocated for them," the energy minister said. During a two-hour presentation, Mahlobo said that nuclear remained a part of SA’s futur...

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