No deals signed yet on SA nuclear programme - Radebe

Minister Jeff Radebe says the request for proposals will clarify if the country can afford nuclear power.

Nuclear power plant. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says no deals have been signed for the nuclear build programme and says the request for proposals will clarify if the country can afford it or not.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Petterssen was meant to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme as part of the procurement process today but this has now been postponed to allow more time for further consultation.

Radebe says the request for proposal will be issued after consultations.

"The Minister of Energy issued a statement confirming that the request for proposals is not going to be issued until such time that we've concluded those consultation processes."

He says it will also advise government on whether or not it can afford nuclear power.

"That's precisely the reason why the proposal is going to be issued in order to understand whether, as the country, we're going to be affording it in terms of testing the market."