R300 mil loss in sales as Pretoria medical nuclear energy unit closed again

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R300 mil loss in sales as Pretoria medical nuclear energy unit closed again. Photo: Die Vryburger
R300 mil loss in sales as Pretoria medical nuclear energy unit closed again. Photo: Die Vryburger

The Pretoria Medical Nuclear Energy Unit has been closed for a second time within a few months and is costing the country millions of rand a day.

The closure means a loss of sales of at least R3.5m a day, something that the state owned Nuclear Energy Company of SA cannot afford at all. The unit has been out of operation since February, which means that the loss of sales is already over the R300 million mark.

This is the third time the unit has been out of order for the past two years, and the Safari-1 reactor has been shut down for three months, not because of radioactive dust leaks or any other errors, but because of the required paperwork that is not done.

The closure is also, according to unconfirmed reports, directly responsible for the death of several people because the treatments with essential medication could not be continued.

Experts say the Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe cannot blame the councilors again as he did before, for he has set up a new council.

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