Kubayi: Shutting down SA’s coal mines would hurt jobs

The Energy Minister says communities need to be considered when debating whether South Africa's coal mines should be shut down.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi. Picture: Parliament.co.za.

MOSCOW – Energy Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi says that switching off South Africa’s coal mines without an alternative solution to creating jobs will be dire.

She spoke to Eyewitness News at the Atom Expo in Moscow on Monday.

Kubayi says that she will also be meeting with Russian delegates while she’s in the country to explain South Africa’s current state on its nuclear plans as well as other countries that have shown interest in the project.

The Energy Minister says that communities need to be considered when debating whether South Africa's coal mines should be shut down.

“This is about first, the lady who sells fat cakes at the gate of a coal mine to workers who are going to work because that person has an income because of that mine.”

She adds that renewable energy sources must prove to be sustainable before they are implemented on a large-scale.

Kubayi says that her department will look at building on the strengths of each source while addressing its weaknesses.

Ilze-Marie le Roux is in Russia to attend the Atom Expo at the invitation of the RusAtom.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)