Energy Minister David Mahlobo has contradicted Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba regarding nuclear power.
Mahlobo was commenting after Gigaba delivered his first medium-term budget policy statement in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Mahlobo says South Africa remained committed to expanding its nuclear energy programme – specifically the extension of the Koeberg plant in the Western Cape.
But Gigaba says the country could not afford nuclear expansion.
“The country at the present moment can’t afford nuclear, and the budget can’t we have electricity surplus because the low perfomance of the economy and absence of uptakers for electricity; when the economy is perfoming well and we have assessed that we can afford we will take the decision at that time.”