Nuclear energy is at the forefront of plans to bridge the gap between supply and demand to deal with South Africa's electricity woes. Recent reports indicate that South Africa's electricity shortfall is expected to endure for the next five years.
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa representative Andrew Kenny says, "South Africa desperately needs electricity generation for our economy to grow, we must beneficiate our raw materials and to do this we need a lot of electricity. South Africa needs new coal stations and new coal stations are being built, however, these will not be nearly enough. We need more power not only where the coal fields are but at the coast and west and south of the country and it has to be safe, clean, reliable and economically sustainable."
It is estimated that government has set-aside an investment of R111 billion to build a new coal-fired power station that will be the third in the series of mega coal-fired power stations that Eskom is in the process of constructing; namely Medupi, Kusile and 'Coal 3'.
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