Government hasn’t made a nuclear deal with any country – Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told delegates of the National Council of Provinces that the government has not entered into a nuclear deal with any country.

Ramaphosa appeared before the NCOP to answer questions on Wednesday, and said the nuclear programme would be based on affordability and sustainability.

“Government has not entered into a nuclear deal with any country,” he said in answer to a question from DA MP Willem Faber.

“We are open to a fair and transparent procurement process, and at a scale and pace that our country can afford.”

A request for a nuclear programme that will release 9 600MW will be made to the market during this financial year, he continued.

“Any decision will only take place after the request for proposal process has been completed, and a final funding model has been developed.”

He also said the government had always aimed to have an energy plan that contained an appropriate energy mix, including fossil fuels, coal and hydro.

“In pursuing a suitable nuclear plan, our generators’ capacities should be evidence-based, sustainable and affordable,” he added.

In a supplementary question, Faber asked Ramaphosa about government’s “failure” to provide 10 documents on the proposed nuclear deal to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa said that case was currently being heard in the Western Cape High Court, and it would therefore be inappropriate for him to comment on the requested documents.

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

Harbour views at 9th Avenue Waterside

The award-winning eatery, which offers fine wines and food, is on stilts at Durban’s harbour

Zimbabwe hospital workers plot stillbirth burials

The policy is to cremate deceased infants but Bulawayo Hospital’s incinerators are not working

Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye after...

The British author of "The Satanic Verses" had to be airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery following the attack

Can technology help to promote students’ mental health?

New apps and online therapy show promise, but more research is needed to help understand who will benefit from digital interventions

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…