Ramaphosa reiterates govt’s commitment to roll out nuclear energy

Ramaphosa says a 9,600mw new nuclear build proposal is set for public release during this financial year.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated government's commitment to roll out nuclear energy at a pace and on a scale that the country can afford.

Ramaphosa yesterday told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that a 9,600mw new nuclear build proposal is set for public release during this financial year.

An assertive Ramaphosa emphasised South Africa is not yet in talks with foreign businesses to procure a nuclear energy build.

He says the energy department is in consultation with stakeholders to ensure this definite future energy source is a benefit to the country.

Ramaphosa however, could not give details around the roll-out of the integrated resource plan.

Using Koeberg Nuclear Power Station as an example, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has previously stated nuclear is currently the cheapest energy form available.