'Some SA nuclear programme issues need to be rubber-stamped'

The advisor to the energy minister says there are some legal matters that need to be dealt with.

Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The advisor to the Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says there are some legal matters and administrative issues that need to be rubber-stamped before the call for nuclear proposals goes ahead.

Joemat-Pettersson was meant to issue the request as part of the procurement process yesterday, but it has been postponed to allow more time for further consultation.

Dr Kelvin Klem, chairman of the Nuclear Energy Corporation, advises the minister and says this doesn't mean there's been a change of plan.

"There are a few legal pieces that need to be rubber-stamped and I believe she's making sure she gets everything right. I have no doubt we're going ahead as planned, it's just a minor bump in the road and nothing to be concerned about."

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