Nuke programme confirmed by Gigaba
Publish date: 10 April 2017
Issue Number: 721
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Nuclear-based electricity generation will be implemented at a scale and pace South Africa could afford‚ new Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said last week, notes a TimesLIVE report. The Minister said the nuclear programme arose from the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 which was adopted by Cabinet. Gigaba said when government decided on the nuclear deal‚ it was not only looking at mitigating the effect of climate change and reducing carbon-based generation‚ but also at building a base-load for electricity. The Minister said asking whether the country could afford the nuclear programme was premature‚ saying the decision of where the power stations would be built‚ whether they would be built at the same time or in phases would be determined by what the country could afford.