Nuclear energy is very safe and may boost SA's economy - Dr Anthonie Cilliers

President Zuma said South Africa’s nuclear build programme would roll out at a pace the country can afford.

He said that the plan was to introduce 9600MW of nuclear energy in the next decade.

The government has been conducting a number of studies on the affordability of the nuclear build programme.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr Anthonie Cilliers, Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the North West University’s School of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering.

Cilliers is one of the nuclear experts who will be part of the discussions at the upcoming Nuclear Power Africa conference during African Utility Week on 19 May in Cape Town.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Nuclear has the potential to pick a country up by its bootstraps. A great example of this is South Korea.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

The cost per installed kilowatt pays itself back.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

I think our fear of nuclear is irrational.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

The nuclear industry is the safest industry in the world.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

Not a single person died at Fukushima because of the nuclear power plant.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

Chernobyl does not compare at all to the reactors at Fukushima.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

It’s impossible for Koeberg to have a Chernobyl accident.

Dr Anthonie Cilliers

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