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South African energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi. Pic credit: People’s Assembly

The South African energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has declared that government is still committed to rollout the nuclear energy expansion forming part of the country’s energy mix.

Kubayi noted in a statement that this is to ensure energy security, adding that government is committed to the provision of reliable and sustainable electricity supply, as part of reducing carbon emissions.

Nuclear conference

Minister Kubayi recently led a delegation to the 9th International Forum ATOMEXPO in Moscow, Russia.

According to the press release, during discussions the minister reiterated the department‘s openness and transparency, as well as to engage all spheres of government and the public, in line with the country’s legislation and policies.

“It is critical to recognise that the nuclear new build programme will enable the country to create jobs, develop skills and create industries. More critically, we encourage young people and women to participate in the energy sector,” she said.

Nuclear energy expansion

The press statement highlighted that the country participates in forums of this stature to gain experience in preparation for the expansion of the nuclear new build programme.

Minister Kubayi held a bilateral meeting with the minister of energy for the Russian Federation, Alexander Novak, where they discussed various options in the nuclear and energy space, within the context of the energy cooperation agreement.

She also met with the Director General of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, where they agreed that technical teams will initiate discussions on cooperation, the release stated.

During the same conference,¬†Uganda’s state minister for minerals, Simon D’Ujanga signed an agreement with Russia for the development of uranium into nuclear power generation. Read more…

 

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