Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cape Chamber rejects nuclear energy as the way forward for SA

Natalie Malgas
19 June 2014

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it would be a mistake to look to nuclear power as the answer to South Africa’s energy problems.

This comes after President Jacob Zuma alluded to the potential benefits of nuclear power during his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma said nuclear energy has the possibility of generating well over 9000 megawatts, while shale gas is recognised as a game changer for our economy. 

Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Janine Myburgh, however, says with Eskom already rationing electricity supplies to mines and big industrial users, it would be a mistake to look to nuclear power as the answer to the country’s energy woes.

The urgent relief needed for South Africa’s power system, will be held back if a power station still needs to be built. 

Myburgh concedes opportunities to co-operate with the energy sector are necessary, citing this is essential to achieve the economic growth our country needs.

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