11 February 2009 – South African minister of minerals and energy, Buyelwa Sonjica has reiterated that the South African nuclear programme has merely been postponed – not abandoned.
She said further that that by 2018, there would be sufficient power supply for the country.
"The next nuclear power plant has been postponed. Measures are in place to ensure that there will be no electricity shortage by 2018," Sonjica said at the opening of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week.
"I want to stress …the nuclear project has been postponed, not abandoned."