Cape Town - South Africa Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Tuesday confirmed that Eskom would be taking charge of South Africa's nuclear build programme, with her department staying on as the co-ordinating agent for the project.
Leading a team from her department and Eskom briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on energy, Joemat-Pettersson said it would be a “travesty of justice” for her department to be responsible for procuring nuclear energy plants.
“We do not have the skills to procure nuclear,” said Joemat-Pettersson. “We will continue to be policy-setting department and the policy co-cordinator of the programme.”
The minister and her team told MPs that a recommendation would be made to cabinet that Eskom be designated as the procurer for the envisaged 9 600 megawatts of nuclear energy from power plants to be situated at sites in the Western and Eastern Cape.
Joemat-Pettersson also used the parliamentary platform to again deny allegations that a deal for nuclear procurement had already been signed with Russia.