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First on EWN: SA can't do without nuclear power in the future - Molefe

The Eskom CEO has discussed the importance of nuclear power in an exclusive interview with EWN.

FILE: Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says nuclear power makes financial sense and South Africa can't do without it in the future.

During an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News , Molefe discussed the importance of nuclear energy, not just for South Africa, but for the whole continent.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster resulted in a worldwide re-evaluation of the safety and necessity of nuclear energy, with vigorous debate continuing in South Africa about whether government should build the plants, estimated to cost around R1 trillion.

South Africa has been struggling with limited generating capacity, which has resulted in bouts of load shedding since 2008.

While the situation has stabilised, the country needs to increase its power system and Molefe is convinced that nuclear energy is the answer.

Molefe says the United States has been using nuclear energy without any disasters.

He says Africa is bigger than the United States and currently only has two nuclear plants.

WATCH: Brian Molefe on Eskom, the Guptas & the state of SA

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