Energy Minister David Mahlobo has rejected suggestions that he is in a great rush to conclude a nuclear energy deal. His denial came in a written reply to a parliamentary question by EFF MP Mzingisi Dlamini who asked the minister why he was "seemingly in a rush to expedite a nuclear energy deal that South Africa cannot afford." Not so, said the minister, although he did concede that the department was concluding the revised integrated resource plan — initially planned for completion in February next year — and would be submitting it to cabinet for approval soon. "There is no nuclear energy deal in South Africa that is being rushed and expedited by myself as Minister of Energy," Mahlobo said. "The Department of Energy is currently updating the integrated energy plan and the integrated resource plan. "The completion of the integrated resource plan is driven by the need to create policy certainty which is necessary to create a conducive environment to support investor confidence for in...

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