The last few weeks brought a number of news items that provided hope SA is capable of fighting back against corruption and narrow self-interest. The High Court in Cape Town threw out the nuclear procurement process in its entirety. In fact, it was scathing in its judgment. The country owes an enormous debt of gratitude to two environmental lobby groups, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute and Earthlife Africa that took on this legal challenge.This must have come as really bad news to some Russians and owners of uranium mines. Will the government or Eskom appeal against this? If they do, they will communicate a clear message to everyone — that Russia’s financial interests override those of SA. Yet the December ANC elections are approaching quickly, while the ability to deliver on nuclear gets more abstract. I am not sure I would like to mess with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his expectations, but mess we have. Those expectations by far exceed buildin...

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