Radebe Clarifies Current Position on Nuclear Expansion Plans

Department of Energy

The energy minister, Jeff Radebe, has confirmed that no binding commercial and financial information has yet been secured to assist with the nuclear expansion programme.

The minister was responding to a question posed by Gavin Davis, a Democratic Alliance member of parliament.

Mr Davis had asked for details on “binding commercial and financial information secured to assist Cabinet to evaluate fully the arrangement that is best when implementing Government’s new nuclear build programme.”

The minister also added that cabinet had previously resolved that the energy department must report back to cabinet before a final decision is made.

Meanwhile, during a speech at the 6th Annual Africa Power Roundtable held in Johannesburg, the department’s director-general, Thabane Zulu, announced that the department was currently in a process to publish the updated Integrated Resource Plan to “further entrench our clear message that we want to create policy certainty in the energy space.”

The director general also re-iterated that investment decisions by international energy investors cannot be made on a stop-start basis.

He added that the minister had committed to providing a suitable enabling environment for an expanding energy sector.

“This will be done through processing of the IRP and certain legislation such as National Energy Regulator Act and Electricity Regulation Act.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office