Mantashe: SA will get nuclear at a cost it can afford

chefdude98

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#22
Not necessary true, just required out the box thinking.
Regarding the unpaying public, pity they weren't given solar solutions and pulled off the grid.

For example if instead of wasting so far 330 odd billion on the failed Medupi and Kusile power plants, btw some estimate the costs at 500 billion, but lets stay with 320 billion, use those funds to offer free solar solutions to nonpaying townships.

What a pity, we could have offered free renewable energy to over 2 million households and taken them off grid but instead we sitting with 2 hyper inflated failed coal power stations.
Those renewable energy solutions could have created jobs aswell.
 

rietrot

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In an ideal world it should have been a partnership between public & private sector.
Correct the public sector give the private companies belonging to the ministers family a tender to install expensive batteries(that is actually bad for the environment) inside every RDP.
 
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chefdude98

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This government is so pathetic. I could even see the likes of Tesla willing to take on a project like this.

The government really goes out of their way to ruin the economy, make terrible decisions & make foreign investment unattractive.
 

Johnatan56

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#30
"To say nuclear energy is too expensive is misleading,"
How is it not misleading to say it's not too expensive based on the current budget and time frame needed for the energy added to the mix?
He acknowledged that the Koeberg nuclear power station near Cape Town is "getting on in life". Government, however, plans to extend the nuclear power station's life span.
Which worries me, it's already been extended and we're about to extend it again.
Koeberg is generating the most cost-effective energy in SA today.
We're not factoring in decommissioning costs, the costs of extending the lifespan, etc.
As it gets older it will get more expensive to run.
 

Acid0

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#32
Soooo we will get nuke light, at least if he hit a chernobyl meltdown it will only be 25km spread.

I just think if it comes to nuke clear power dont cut corners please
 

konfab

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Not necessary true, just required out the box thinking.
Regarding the unpaying public, pity they weren't given solar solutions and pulled off the grid.

For example if instead of wasting so far 330 odd billion on the failed Medupi and Kusile power plants, btw some estimate the costs at 500 billion, but lets stay with 320 billion, use those funds to offer free solar solutions to nonpaying townships.

What a pity, we could have offered free renewable energy to over 2 million households and taken them off grid but instead we sitting with 2 hyper inflated failed coal power stations.
You are completely wrong.
One of the few successes of the country has been the electrification of households. It has increased from 36% in 1994 to 90% in 2018. The reason for their success is that they didn't re-invent the wheel when it comes to electricity generation.
https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...de-on-improved-access-to-electricity-17259230


Following your brilliant advice, instead of building new power stations , Eskom should have simply ditched the infrastructure they have already installed and retrofit the +- 5 million households they have connected to the gird with solar panels. This is Cyril-I-want-to-build-a-million-houses-in-5-years-Ramaphosa levels of delusion.

All they needed to do is take that money and use it as low interest loans for nuclear power providers in the private sector.
 

LazyLion

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#37
The world is going to need a lot more Nuclear Power going forward.
It's actually the key to solving the climate crisis problem.
Nuclear is the ultimate green energy, and the energy intensive solution with the smallest footprint.
Yes, it's expensive, but that's because it can't cut corners.
4th Generation Nuclear generation is incredibly safe and has very little waste (if any at all).

The MAIN problem in South Africa is building it without government corruption.
I say they should leave it to third party private industry with the necessary Nuclear oversight.
We already have a very good nuclear regulatory agency.
 

BBSA

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#38
A state-owned pharmaceutical:laugh::ROFL::laugh:

Will the comrades run it the same way as the other ANC spaza shops(SOEs)?
 
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