AbstractNuclear energy has become an issue of debate, especially in light of the need for electricity production on the African continent. However, concerns have been raised regarding African States’ ability to effectively sustain safe nuclear programs for the purpose of energy production. These include financial, political and security concerns. It appears that there is a balance to be struck between pursuing the potential sustainable source of energy that nuclear energy could provide, and managing the risks associated with this kind of technology. Another possible pitfall of nuclear energy in Africa has been illustrated by the recent South African nuclear deal with Russia. This deal has clearly demonstrated the potential for corruption and foreign influence in future nuclear projects in African States. This chapter aims to briefly investigate the potential for nuclear energy in Africa, and elucidate how other African States can draw on the South African experience to ensure that any future nuclear projects occur in a safe and sustainable manner.KeywordsAfricaEarthlife AfricaForeign AssistanceNuclear EnergyRussia

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