The state seems set on going the atomic route despite the huge financial implications.
In its latest attempt to contain contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese government is building an underground ice wall.
South Africa's nuclear expansion programme depends on a number of strategies that still need to be put in place before financing can determined.
German power company RWE is shutting six domestic plants as the sector tots up the cost of the government's energy policy turnaround.
Japan's prime minister has spoken out about the need for action to deal with the build up of radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The world is snapping up cancer-detecting isotopes from laboratories in South Africa
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has told MPs that many of the country's older coal-fired power plants would be retired and "fall away around 2023".
A major policy clash over the biggest spending plan in SA's history has erupted between the national planning commission and the energy department.
As the world debates about how safe and cost-effective nuclear power is, Dirk de Vos focuses in on SA and other power source options for the country
A tough road lies ahead for SA's plan to use local expertise in its massive infrastructure programme.
From human resources to waste management, South Africa has fallen short of international standards for nuclear expansion, writes Lynley Donnelly.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters says nuclear energy would help Africa realise its energy security goals.
The South African government's players have yet to reach consensus on key decisions around powering South Africa.
Nuclear power has potentially dangerous consequences whereas solar power can solve the power crisis quicker and safer.
The price tag for six new nuclear reactors envisaged in SA's energy road map could range from a modest R322-billion to a staggering R1.4-trillion.
Thousands of Japanese joined a march against nuclear power as worries grow about the restarting of reactors idle since the March 11 meltdown disaster.
Government and the unions are being lobbied by an industry increasingly desperate to sell reactors, says Rianne Teule.