‘SA govt putting out nuclear deal fires’

Energy expert Chris Yelland believes government made a mistake.

Eskom's Koeberg Power Station. Picture: Eskom.

JOHANNESBURG - Government appears to be backtracking once again on a statement released about a nuclear deal signed with Russia.

It was announced last week that a Russian company would be providing nuclear reactors for a power plant to be built in South Africa.

The Energy Department previously said that it was not a done deal and that the procurement process hadn't been finalised.

It said Russia was just one of many countries that were signing inter-governmental agreements about what they could offer.

But energy expert Chris Yelland believes government made a mistake.

"I believe it's all a spin. I believe [Energy] Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson made a serious mistake and that her department is deeply embarrassed. It is busy putting out fires, not only in South Africa but also in Russia."