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Decision on SA nuclear plants still pending

SA underwent a review process to proceed with a plan to invest in nuclear energy.

President Jacob Zuma says a final decision regarding nuclear power plants in SA has not yet been made.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has said a final decision on the procurement of nuclear power plants has not yet been made.

The president was responding to questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday.

South Africa has undergone a review process to establish the country's readiness to proceed with a plan to invest in nuclear energy.

Zuma said the Department of Energy is doing a lot of work putting systems in place as part of a phased decision making approach for implementing government's nuclear programme, including the procurement aspect.

"To be precise, the final decision on the procurement of nuclear power plants has not yet been made."

In February this year the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out a peer review on South Africa's infrastructure for its nuclear build programme.

Zuma said the final report has yet to be given to Cabinet.

The process of updating government's integrated resource plan is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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