The members of President Zuma’s Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee were announced yesterday, after its planned establishment was made known during his State of the Nation Address on June 17.

The sub-committee comprises cabinet members – Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson; International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown; Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene; State Security Minister David Mahlobo; Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Mineral Resources Minister Adv Ngoako Ramatlhodi; Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

The country’s stagnant economic growth is said to be aggravated by the inadequacy of electricity supply, together with labour unrest in crucial sectors.

Energy Minister, Joemat-Pettersson, said that the founding of the committee will “contribute immensely to positioning the energy sector at the apex of the South Africa’s National Development Plan”. Cabinet members will “Explore various options including nuclear power, gas, solar, wind, coal, hydropower and fuel refineries”.

Government’s commitment to the development of nuclear energy and gas (incl. shale gas) was re-iterated by Joemat-Pettersson, and further underscored by Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) who said, “NIASA looks forward to being part of an exciting future for the nuclear sector in South Africa”.

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