Surprise twist in nuclear plans

2017-11-30 06:00

SOUTH Africa’s nuclear programme took an unexpected turn in October when Eskom received authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to build a 4 000 MW nuclear power plant at Duynefontein near Koeberg.

The long-awaited Record of Decision (ROD) came as a surprise to many people as Thyspunt near Oyster Bay had for decades been mooted as Eskom’s “preferred site”.

“The ROD means that construction at Thyspunt has been delayed by years, if not halted forever,” Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen said.

The municipality is currently in discussion with Eskom to discuss the way forward for Kouga and Thyspunt following the surprise twist.

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