Energy minister dismisses claims nuclear programme will cost R1 trillion

The DA’s Gordon Mackay has told the minister the figure came from an article quoting her predecessor.

FILE: Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson has dismissed claims South Africa's nuclear build programme will cost around R1 trillion.

Joemat-Pettersson has addressed Parliament's energy portfolio committee ahead of a briefing by her department on agreements signed with five countries for nuclear cooperation.

She's told the committee it should not be "bamboozled" by technical jargon or stories entering the public domain.

But the Democratic Alliance's Gordon Mackay has told the minister the figure came from an article quoting former energy minister Dipuo Peters.

'If she is wondering where the figure comes from, it comes from her predecessor, it comes from the ANC. Therefore we should not be confused that this is a figure created by the opposition or anti-nuclear activists."

Joemat-Pettersson says Peters informed her she never received any government document putting the price tag at R1 trillion.

She says her department and National Treasury are working on a funding model.