‘SA not fit for nuclear expansion’

Mail and Guardian 23 November 2012.

From human resources to waste management, South Africa has fallen short of international standards for nuclear expansion, writes Lynley Donnelly.

South Africa’s ambitious plans have far to go before six new nuclear power stations can be rolled out. This has emerged from the government’s own assessment of the country’s readiness to embark on nuclear fleet procurement.

Draft documents, dated late last year and seen by theMail & Guardian, appear to be part of the government’s preliminary preparations for an integrated nuclear infrastructure review, an assessment guide developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency to aid countries embarking on a nuclear power programme.

The review covers 19 infrastructure issues over three phases that a country should address. They include the government’s position on its commitment to develop nuclear energy, safety, management, legislation, funding and financing, safeguards, regulatory framework, radiation protection, human resource development, environmental protection, emergency planning, security and physical protection, radioactive waste and procurement…

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