South Africa will exercise prudence in implementing the 9 600 MW nuclear energy development plan, which critics have dismissed as profligate, a white elephant the taxpayer cannot afford to tend. Jacob Zuma, the country’s president said in his State of the Nation address, amid protests from opposition legislature.
“Any procurement will only proceed at a scale and pace that the country can afford,” Zuma told the rapt nation, stressing that there was need to establish the true costs of the programme.
Zuma also emphasised on the importance of broadening the future energy mix, which includes renewable energy, coal and gas. Additionally, he highlighted that independent power producer programmes will be critical to address the power shortfall currently experienced.