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The Social Shaping of Nuclear Energy Technology in South Africa

The main controversies and coalitions in favour of and in opposition to the South African nuclear build programme was analyzed in this document. The coalition’s structure and the main arguments in the debate can explain why the South African governm…

The African Technopolitan Vol 3 July 2015

This issue of the African Technopolitan addresses issues on economic and sustainable development in "Africa's last best chance for development"; "Getting Africa ready for the 'digital' SDGs";and "'Smart city' approaches to sustainable development". …

South Africa and the future of World Energy Resources

The article is based on papers presented at the Cape Town Symposium on energy. ‘Energy in Relation to Growth’ talks about the interrelationships between economic growth, energy requirements, raw material resources and depletion, food supplies, pollu…

Uranium Mining in Africa: A Continent at the Centre of a Global Nuclear Renaissance

"Africa holds 18% of the world’s uranium resources. Interest in African uranium initially stemmed from the US’s military nuclear ambitions. Exploration and mining began in the DRC. However, expanding demand for energy, rising global oil prices and i…

Clean Energy and Development for South Africa : Results

"The objective of this document is to report on the scenarios considered and compare the costs and social impacts using the sustainability indicators. The scenarios reported on are the energy efficiency improvements in the commercial, industrial, t…

Towards a New Power Plan

"The New Power Plan presented in this report is work in progress. It is not a definitive alternative to the IRP 2010. The preferred power generation options shown are outputs of the TIMES model and are obviously highly dependent on input parame…

South Africa's Nuclear Future

"The South African government has embarked on a programme to develop the country’s nuclear energy capability in order to meet increasing national energy demand. In order to achieve its nuclear ambitions, government has appointed a cabinet-level co…

Sustainable Energy Solutions for South Africa Ensuring Public Participation and Improved Accountability in Policy Processes

"The objectives of the meeting are embedded in a political economy approach which deals with dominant development ideas, institutions, incentives and interest groups that draft, shape and drive policy processes. Participants of the Energy Caucus bro…

Nuclear energy rethink? The rise and demise of South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor

"Given the central importance of energy policy in South Africa, it is more important than ever that projects like the PBMR are evaluated for their necessity, viability, affordability, sustainability, and contribution to the country’s development pa…

Nigeria and Nuclear Energy: Plans and Prospects

"Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and a major oil exporter, suffers from chronic energy shortages. Years of under-investment, lack of maintenance and perpetual resource supply problems have elevated the situation to crisis levels. Nation…

Nuclear Energy and Techno-nationalism in Egypt

Egypt’s plans to build a nuclear power plant in Dabaa (a city on the Mediterranean Sea), in agreement with Russia’s ROSATOM, are underway. This policy briefing describes the politics behind the project. To do so, it first provides a background of th…

Egypt's Quest for a Nuclear Future

In 2015 Egypt signed an agreement with ROSATOM, the Russian state atomic energy corporation, to build a nuclear power plant at Al Dabaa on the country’s northern coast, west of Alexandria. The agreement is a culmination of around six decades of disc…

A No-Regret Option? South Africa's Nuclear Future

South Africa has embarked on the initial phases of a nuclear build programme to mitigate its energy insecurity. These ambitions have been on the post-apartheid government’s agenda for 25 years. Despite its practical commitments to international no…

Powering Ghana's Economic Development Through Nuclear Energy

Electricity supply in Ghana has been outstripped by electricity demand for decades. This has led to numerous energy crises, with negative consequences for the economy. Economic development is valued and the country aims to become highly industrialis…

Nuclear Energy in South Africa

South Africa is regarded as the poster child for nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. This report sketches the country’s historical and contemporary nuclear context. Post-apartheid South Africa set o…

Nuclear Power and Governance Frameworks: Egypt, Ghana and South Africa

This report examines three African countries that are at different stages in using nuclear energy to achieve developmental outcomes. The year 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons’ entering into f…

Nuclear Energy in Ghana

Ghana’s emerging nuclear power programme is the culmination of nearly 60 years of socioeconomic and political developments under successive governments since independence in 1957. As far back as 1961, President Kwame Nkrumah’s government instituted …

Nuclear Revival in North Africa? Developments in Algeria, Libya and Egypt

This paper explores nuclear science and technology through the prism of three North African case studies: Algeria, Egypt and Libya. All three countries have constructed research reactors, albeit in different periods. Egypt’s first research reactor –…

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