Motlanthe: Nuclear not a done deal

2012-08-30 08:26

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."

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-08-30 09:11

    Did the goverment ever took a firm decision on anything?

      alf.pop - 2012-08-30 09:18

      Motlanthe is lying. Government has decided. They are probably just waiting to see which provider comes up with the most lucrative "compensation deal". Unless our new bosses from China tighten the screws and force our spineless government to make sure the deal goes their way! Thank you vely much South Aflica!

      Werewabbit - 2012-08-30 10:40

      @alf.pop: I am also interested to see how they react to this. We are the only nation to disarm our nuclear arsenal, and hold no major grudges against anyone. we would be entitled to some freedom in this regard, and our word at not seeking arms would be genuine. lets build local!

      sean.carbutt - 2012-08-30 14:27

      @warren, that's not entirely true. The Pelindaba station still makes the best uranium pellets in the world, but that's about all they can do. As for our goverment using nuclear power, jeez. That makes me scared. These tits can't even run a coal to power setup now the bobbejaane are going to start playing with nuclear energy, jjeeeeez. rememebr the incident at Koeberg where one of the enlightened ones dropped a spanner into the reactor.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-08-30 09:19

    fast asleep hey.

  • Richard - 2012-08-30 09:27

    By the time that they have made a decision, Nuclear power will be old hat and the world will be using renewable energy. Trust the Government to screw this one up! Or are they waiting to see who will give the biggest bribes?

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-30 10:16

    There might still be some hope for my solar farm idea! I just need R300m from...

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