Two civil society organisations have dragged the government to court in an attempt to force it to commit to following transparent public participation processes in its proposed nuclear power procurement. Earth Life Africa’s Johannesburg branch and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) will on Wednesday argue for an urgent interdict against newly appointed Energy Minister David Mahlobo in the High Court in Cape Town, asking the court to halt what appears to be a rush by government to proceed with the nuclear energy deal. Mahlobo has so far failed to give a commitment that he will abide by a previous court judgment on the processes that have to be followed should government embark on a nuclear procurement programme. A particular cause for concern were public comments made by Mahlobo that the integrated resource plan, which will determine the future energy mix and the role of nuclear, was being fast-tracked along with the nuclear programme. There has be...

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