Cape Town, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 10 February 2009 – Good news for the South African mining industry is that minerals and energy minister Buyelwa Sonjica says the government will ensure that the country will have sufficient power supply by 2018.
Reuters quotes the minister as emphasising that there will be enough power despite a postponement of its nuclear expansion programme. South Africa expects its next nuclear power plant to come on stream by 2019, two years later than initially planned by Eskom, which has delayed plans to build the facility due to financial woes.
“The next nuclear power plant has been postponed, but measures are in place to ensure that there will be no electricity shortage by 2018,” Sonjica said here at the Indaba – Africa’s biggest mining conference. “I want to stress …the nuclear project has been postponed, not abandoned,” she added.