Nuclear build programme to ‘promote industrial development’

The cost of the nuclear build project has come under scrutiny at a three-day summit nuclear energy.

FILE. Necsa, together with global agencies, is hosting a three-day summit on nuclear energy in Africa. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) says the nuclear build programme will promote much-needed industrial development of South Africa's coast.

Necsa, together with global agencies like Russia's nuclear energy company Rosatom, are hosting a three-day summit on nuclear energy in Africa.

While the cost of the nuclear build project has come under scrutiny, experts at the summit say the socio-economic benefits will be assorted.

Eskom has already made applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to build nuclear plants along the coast.

Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane says South Africa needs to make the most of its vast coastline.

"The next industrial development in this country will be around the coast. The Western and Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are the areas where you'll see an enormous injection of industrial growth."