Nuclear 'not a priority for SA' - Ramaphosa

As the Brics Summit comes to an end on Friday, the nuclear deal, gas exploration, agriculture and water have formed the centre of talks between President Cyril Ramaphosa and leaders of the other Brics countries.

Ramaphosa held bilateral meetings with the heads of states from the Brics nations on the sidelines of the Summit on Thursday.

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After the Declaration of Johannesburg was signed on Thursday and the formal part of the Summit concluded, leaders used the opportunity to hold bilateral discussions.

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Despite Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday reminding President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa's nuclear deal with Russia, the Presidency says the deal did not form part of the core discussion.

I think it came up in a bilateral meeting that President Putin had on the sidelines at the Brics Summit with President Ramaphosa where, among areas of cooperation that were discussed - including space exploration and defence - there was a discussion around South Africa's energy needs.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa at The Presidency

She says Ramaphosa reiterated government's position that South Africa has an 'energy mix' for the country's resource plan.

An energy mix that consists of renewables, that consists of fossil fuels and it consists of nuclear.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa at The Presidency

We said that for us to expand on this nuclear capacity, we would do so at a scale and pace that we can afford. I think South Africans are at this point trying to get the economy to recover, trying to create jobs, so nuclear is not a huge priority at this point.

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa at The Presidency

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