As the news broke that SA and Russia had signed a deal, John contacted energy analyst Chris Yelland about the implication of a deal worth R1 trillion could be signed so quickly.
Chris explained that he had seen a press release from the Russian nuclear builder Rosatom who hopes to secure the deal welcoming the bilateral nuclear deal, which has been concluded with Russia but did not say it was awarded a contract.
The confusion came as the same press release was issued by South Africa's Department of Energy as its own.
The potentially embarrassing oversight has not been acknowledged by the Presidency or the Department of Energy and the release is not available on its website suggesting it may have been made in error.
A series of tweets by Yelland yesterday suggested all was not what it seemed.
#SAnuclearbuild The nuclear agreement between SA & Russia was signed by Rosatom DG Sergey Kirienko & SA DoE minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) September 22, 2014
#SAnuclearbuild Comment by Chris Yelland: Don't read too much into the cooperation agreement. SA signs these with all nuclear countries.— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) September 22, 2014
Agreed “@politicsblahbla: And in a spectacular fuck up department of energy just put out Rosatoms statement under its own name. Identical.”— Chris Yelland (@chrisyelland) September 22, 2014