Eskom to head nuclear build programme

2012-11-08 12:55

Cape Town – Power utility Eskom has been designated as the owner-operator of the country’s nuclear build programme‚ Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane says.

Speaking during Thursday’s post-cabinet media briefing‚ Chabane said government’s highest decision-making body had been briefed about the first meeting of the National Nuclear Executive Coordination Committee this week.

The committee is chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and has the task of overseeing any future nuclear procurement process as well as the build programme.

Chabane said cabinet had also endorsed the proposed phased decision-making approach for the implementation of the nuclear programme.

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-08 13:01

    Whenever I see Eskom and nuclear power mentioned in the same sentence the image of Homer Simpson comes up as he picked up that radio active material.....

      danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-08 13:15

      To demonstrate the governments ability to make this a success project without corruption or security fears, I propose you build a nuclear reactor in the middle of Soweto. What could possibly go wrong?

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-11-08 13:29

      Homer Simpson: [at his computer workstation] "To start, press any key." Where's the "Any" key? Yup, a pretty apt analogy!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-11-08 13:09

    The worst of all possible choices

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-08 13:30

      How so? Please provide evidence to back up your statement. Nuclear is the most sustainable way of producing energy. There is new technology that ensures that there is no nuclear meltdown. South Africa has an abundance of Uranium, so the energy source is sorted. What is the issue?

      omge.klits - 2012-11-08 13:33

      omg - triple the highest cost estimates immediately !!!!!!

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-08 13:37

      I think he's specifically referring to Eskom heading it, we all know what a great job Eskom is doing heading electrical generation for our country.

      Billy - 2012-11-08 13:53

      i think the russian choice could possible be worse... wasnt it a choice between russia, france and eskom?

      ian.boyd.7503 - 2012-11-08 14:10

      Wesley - Under different circumstances I'd agree with you (I'm not sure we have as much uranium as you'd like to think we have. Eskom import it from France but the cost of that isn't a big issue). You have to ask yourself why countries like Germany are moving away from nuclear energy. It's dangerous stuff for a country with the worst maths/science education in the civilised world and a glaring lack of engineers. The nuclear crowd's slight at renewables' cost efficiency and safety is nothing more than laughable. The problem is the risk of yet another government ***-gate. The grid itself is aging so it won't stop there. Where is our economy going to find the money to pay for all this? You know it will go remarkably over budget, as all government projects do, especially ours. Key issue with this is the complete absence of any form of competition or transparency.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-11-08 13:13

    Awesome.. So this is just ANOTHER reason for Eskom to try and screw us even more.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-08 13:13


  • carole.small.96 - 2012-11-08 13:14

    What is wrong with this government. Eskom can't manage what they already have and now they get given more. More money in their pockets.

  • sarahtl - 2012-11-08 13:19

    I'll sum it up in one word - Chernobyl!

      Michael - 2012-11-08 15:38

      no Sarah, no need for concern, ours will be powered by banana fuel - very safe...

  • gareth.breydenbach - 2012-11-08 13:21

    Are solar panels not cheaper?

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-08 13:24

    Nkandla would be a good place to build the first one.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-08 13:39

      ^ I support this motion

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-11-08 13:25

    Way too much power in their hands !! - people gonna die...

  • jaco.bruwer.73 - 2012-11-08 13:27

    Where will they build it if its accepted? its either going to be next to the coast or close to a large river? I think west cost, not a lot of people and ice cold water if it becomes unstable. If it will lower the electricity price, I'm almost willing to accept such a proposal. If the current electricity price keeps climbing as it did the past 5 years, it doesn't look to bright for South Africa.

      jonathanlee.oosthuizen - 2012-11-08 13:57

      Well with the level of education and skills in our governmenr they going to punp the sea dry lol cause they can't even run the normal power plants we have they want to iplement someting that is 100 times harder to maintain and costs 10 times more to build. And needs skilled people to maintain it. They don't know what they getting themselves into now.

  • john.breakfacet - 2012-11-08 13:28

    Oh deary me. Local leaders and radioactive material sounds like a VERY bad idea to me.

  • hendrik.oosthuizen.37 - 2012-11-08 13:29

    Will be a good thing for our future, but it's going to be another "Weapons" scandal in the making, of who is getting what again .................., and we can always ask Iran for some guidance, there the world leaders at the moment.

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-08 13:32

    I can just picture the scene - Eskom wants to increase prices so the brains trust there asks one of their techies at the nuclear station to "flick" the off switch and blame overload on the system. Nuclear meltdown coming for sure.

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-08 13:32

    You got it all wrong it is all about Motlanthe , it is his time to get rich.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-08 13:41

    Wesley i think the issue is who will pay for this and its going to be managed by a bunch of corrupt politicians,get my drift.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-08 13:42

    We are in serious poo.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-11-08 13:43

    the prince of darkness wins again. dammm.

  • Michael - 2012-11-08 13:48

    This program is so vitally important, the president has insisted on the very best - he will be personally taking charge of operations and will sign off all conceptual and implimentation phases. What a selfless and inspirational where did I put the car keys...

  • TdJ01 - 2012-11-08 13:55

    Nuclear energy is the future, had ESKOM pulled their heads out of their backsides they would have started this years earlier instead of trying to revive the old inefficient power stations.

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-11-08 14:00

    Sound quit nice to me, but withe increase in electricity being the effect to the common people is my worry.\r\nIt will also be a better idea if Escom can consider recapitalising by selling shares to the public and forget about tarrif increase it is proposing.

      harley.mills.129 - 2012-11-08 14:12

      Perhaps because all the relevant skills are abroad?

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-11-08 15:15

      You are very naïve if you think this will make electricity cheaper. Where do you think the money will come from to build it? The sky maybe?

  • chris.schutte.14 - 2012-11-08 14:02

    Post Fukushima Japan is a disater and these people think nuclear is safe,our own Chernobyl awaits,fracking for oil causes earthquakes,nuclear powerplants....radioactive people.

  • ryno.joubert.988 - 2012-11-08 14:29

    oh please no!! This is gonna be Chernobyl S.A Style!! I really doubt that S.A is educated enough to fully understand the cons of nuclear power....but yeah go ahead! build it in Soweto! Lets see what happens when some chap screws something up and the entire place goes boom! Since 1986 Chernobyl is still not livable...

  • pietopper - 2012-11-08 14:44

    Well, with that glow, we'll be easier to find in the dark during the power outages.

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-11-08 14:46

    Imagine a nuclear accident as a cold front hit Cape Town. It would sweep over the whole of the country causing radioactive fallout over the whole of South Africa and beyond. If we built our house with green tec, solar and wind power on each house used LED lighting thoughout, cook on gas and just used electricity off the grid for TV and washing etc would we need another Nuclear power station. Ask Japan how they feel. What about the waste, radioactive for thousands of years. Where do you hide all that stuff. Scary! What do we tell our kids?

  • linda.duits - 2012-11-08 15:50

    Is this going to be the same as the pebble bed reactor at Phelindaba, what a waste of bloody money. All the stuff is still there, the towers and everything else. Eksdom can't even run their power stations now so what the hell is going to happen when they start playing with nuclear power.

  • gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-08 16:06

    It is a ponzi scheme, ask Argentina, they know all about these schemes made famous by the IMF, easy loans and years of compounding interest that bankrupts a country, and the same ponzi scheme is planned with the Nuclear Power stations. The end result is to put South Africa into a total debt situation like Greece and eventually we will have to sell off our land and resources to pay it back, like Greece is being forced to sell off their Islands. This is the real crime in all of this. We, South Africans will have to pay R300 billion allocated by the Treasury for the construction of nuclear power stations. We should take our que from Germany- Dropping Nuclear Power Brought Economic and Environmental Benefits- "nuclear power is expensive and bad for the environment. Investing in nuclear technology crowds out developing clean energy. And people that think that nuclear is necessary to prevent climate change may have fallen prey to propaganda from the nuclear lobby."see

  • gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-08 16:06

    And Iceland: A 100% renewables example in the modern era- Iceland is a leader in geothermal development and exports its technical expertise worldwide. On a per capita basis, Iceland is an order of magnitude ahead of any other nation in installed geothermal generating capacity.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-11-13 11:48

    OH NO! This is very scary! They at ESKOM, do not have the brain power to maintain Koeberg. What are they thinking? They sacked all the brains who ran that show very quickly in the late '90s. My late Son was told "that he was too pale for the Job". He was one of many. There have been several red flags at Koeberg, in the recent years. They have got into hot water over operating and repair issues. I vote that we go with wind, wave or solar energy, these forms of energy won't come back to nuke us and pollute our country even further than the coal fired stations which are currently in use. Take a trip to the ESKOM power station grid area in the Mpumalanga region and investigate the land and water issues there. The region is dying from the fall out from the power stations.

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