Govt won’t abandon plans to other sources of energy: Mahlobo

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Energy Minister David Mahlobo says government will not be coerced into abandoning plans to consider other sources of energy to diversify supply of electricity.

The country’s nuclear power initiative has come under criticism by opposition parties and several civil society organisations amid concerns that a potential deal with Russia could bankrupt the country.

Addressing an Energy Indaba in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, Mahlobo said it was in South Africa’s interest to decide on any viable projects to ensure that the country has sufficient energy security.

“We also understand that energy has an element of politics. But the nations who do not have sufficient energy they can become vulnerable and be at the mercy of those that are dominant and as South Africa, for us not to rely on the whims and political shenanigans, it is very important to secure our energy space.”


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