By Nosipho Radebe,
Parliament’s mineral and energy oversight committee says the consideration on the nuclear build programme is an open discussion to all stakeholders.
The committee says as long as parties or institutions which want to argue for or against the programme – its affordability must always be considered.
Chairperson Sahlulele Luzinho was responding to criticism by opposition parties who contend the country is not in a position to even consider nuclear. This week the Mineral Resources and Energy department published the Request for Information process to start preparations for a nuclear build programme of 2,500 megawatts.
The department had presented the plan to parliament’s oversight committee when it considered the budget, annual performance plans and strategic plans. Luzinho says the mineral and energy parliamentary committee will be closely watching the process.
He says, “We must be able to listen to everyone and ensure that the principle matter is on an energy mix and anything that is being done it must be also something that is affordable. And therefore, in this context if it is not going to be an affordable exercise… people must be able to present a strong case to say this is what justifies the process that we are following.”