Addressing journalists before his speech, Gigaba, just like President Cyril Ramaphosa, said the procurement of new nuclear power was not a priority at the moment as the country could not afford it and had electricity overcapacity.
He said the government’s stance on nuclear remained unchanged.
“We cannot afford it. (But) it remains in the energy mix,” he said. The cabinet approved the revised integrated resource plan (IRP) in December last year. “We did not say we will start (procuring nuclear) immediately,” said Gigaba.
New capacity from nuclear is one of the options envisaged in the IRP, which directs the expansion of the electricity supply over a given period.