South Africa’s Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, spoke with ESI Africa at the annual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town stating that nuclear will remain “part of our energy mix”.
However, in terms of any new nuclear build, Minister Radebe alluded to waiting for the publication of the Integrated Resource Plan as “that question will be answered when we finalise the integrated resource plan,” which is still under discussion with a number of stakeholders.
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It was Minister Radebe who had released the draft plan in August 2018 for cabinet approval. The minister feels confident that the Integrated Resource Plan will be finalised within the next month after all stakeholder engagements have been addressed.
His message to fellow energy ministers across Africa is that South Africa is committed to regional integration. “We [energy ministers] are committed to making sure that the whole of Africa is lit up,” said Radebe.
He added that energy ministers are committed to developing a regional gas master plan to be able to service the whole of the African continent “so that issue of a united front on energy is on the agenda,” concluded Radebe.