Eskom has told the Nuclear Africa conference that a request for proposals for new nuclear power plants (NPPs) could be issued by the middle of this year.
Former United Kingdowm (UK) MP and chairperson of New Nuclear Watch, Tim Yeo, says investing in nuclear would also increase job opportunities in South Africa.
The workforce is capable of being educated to the level of which it could work on nuclear supply chain work, and in the construction phase there is extra jobs as well.— Tim Yeo, former UK MP and chairperson of New Nuclear Watch
The need in a modern economy is for continuous availability of electricity, particularly to grow the economy in the way that we hope.— Tim Yeo, former UK MP and chairperson of New Nuclear Watch
A further advantage for choosing nuclear would be the opportunity to develop some supply chain companies here in South Africa which might have export potential and create jobs as other African countries decide to get nuclear.— Tim Yeo, former UK MP and chairperson of New Nuclear Watch
Yeo is one the speakers at Nuclear Africa 2017 conference currently underway in Centurion.
Listen to the full interview with Tim Yeo below to hear him explaining why nuclear is good for SA economy...