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Johannesburg – Decisions about Africa’s power generation should be based not on feelings but on research to ensure that the correct choices are made, according to Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony of Phase 2 of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) funding agreement on Tuesday at the POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH Africa 2016 conference in Sandton. The programme is in collaboration with six South African universities - the Universities of Cape Town, the Witwatersrand, North-West, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch - each of whom was represented at conference.

“We should be using the intellectual capital of our country,” said Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. The programme will focus on research in the nuclear field, said Brown in her address at the conference. Research will also address fears around nuclear energy, which would lead to “acceleration” of the continent's electrification, said Molefe.

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