Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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1 Sep 2021
2:53 pm

Is SA ready to go nuclear? Shiny new plans, same old concerns

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Government has the buy-in of industry and Nersa, but some still say there is no place for nuclear energy in South Africa. Buy why?

Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Freddy Mavunda/Business Day

Government may have the backing of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and industry players for its brand new nuclear power plans, but that doesn't mean they won't have to face renewed challenges. Concerned groups have cast doubt on the government's new nuclear energy programme, following the decision by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to back Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe's proposed 2,500MW nuclear energy programme. Last week, Nersa announced its support for Mantashe's request for a section 34 determination (authorisation) under the Electricity Regulation Act, and published government policy, to include 2,500 MW of...