Motlanthe: Nuclear not a done deal

2012-08-30 08:26
Kgalema Motlanthe has warned that nuclear power was not a done deal for SA. (GCIS)

Kgalema Motlanthe has warned that nuclear power was not a done deal for SA. (GCIS)

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Cape Town - The government has not taken a firm decision on an expanded nuclear power programme or determined what it would cost, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday.

"We are not in a position yet where such decisions have been made and costed. The questions of cost and affordability have not been worked out as yet," Motlanthe told reporters in Cape Town.

The deputy president, who chairs the National Nuclear Energy Executive Co-ordination Committee, acknowledged a warning in the revised National Development Plan released earlier this month against the high cost of nuclear power.

But Motlanthe said South Africa's decades-long experience in atomic energy through the Koeberg plant caused government to believe that components of an eventual nuclear programme could be "home-grown".

"So we don't go out to buy everything... we only go out to buy what we are not able to produce."

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