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South Africa will get more nuclear power – Minister

The City Press has reported that Energy Minister David Mahlobo declared “South Africa would procure several thousand megawatts of new nuclear power generation capacity”. The actual amount of nuclear power which the country plans to procure is unknown, but according to the report, Mahlobo wants nuclear power to make up 20% of the country’s total supply. “This proportion had earlier delivered the old target of 9,600 megawatts, but now the demand forecasts have fallen, forcing the nuclear component to fall proportionally,” said Mahlobo.

South Africa’s nuclear plans[1] have been awash with corruption allegations[2], which suggest Mahlobo was appointed by President Jacob Zuma to fast track the nuclear programme. Mahlobo replaced Mmamoloko Kubayi as energy minister, who was reportedly not doing enough to push a nuclear deal through.

Russia

The Sunday Times recently reported[3] that a team acting on orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin met Zuma just before he replaced Kubayi. According to the report, Putin’s team told Zuma to “speed up and conclude” a multibillion-dollar nuclear deal with Russia.

In November, the City Press reported that Mahlobo was forcing his nuclear energy plan into action[4], with officials in his department “working weekends” to ensure South Africa gets more nuclear power.

This was despite Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba slamming the brakes[5] on the planned nuclear project, which he called unaffordable and unnecessary.

Gigaba said South Africa can meet its electricity needs without nuclear power.

Now read: Government officials “working weekends” to give South Africa nuclear energy[6]

References

  1. ^ South Africa’s nuclear plans (www.ft.com)
  2. ^ awash with corruption allegations (ewn.co.za)
  3. ^ The Sunday Times recently reported (www.timeslive.co.za)
  4. ^ nuclear energy plan into action (mybroadband.co.za)
  5. ^ slamming the brakes (mybroadband.co.za)
  6. ^ Government officials “working weekends” to give South Africa nuclear energy (mybroadband.co.za)

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