PRETORIA, The South African government remains committed to ensuring energy security through the roll-out of the nuclear new build programme as part of the country’s energy mix, says Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi.
Kubayi, who led a delegation to the 9th ATOMEXPO International Forum in Moscow, said in a statement here Wednesday that the government was committed to the provision of reliable and sustainable electricity supply as part of reducing carbon emissions.
ATOMEXPO, which is the largest exhibition venue for meetings and negotiations between world leaders of the nuclear power sector, began on Monday. Kubayi reiterated his department’s openness and transparency, as well as engagement with all spheres of government and the public, in line with the country’s legislation and policies.
It is critical to recognize that the nuclear new build programme will enable the country to create jobs, develop skills and create industries. More critically, we encourage young people and women to participate in the energy sector, said the Minister.
ATOMEXPO brings together more than 60 countries, with the purpose of exchange views over matters of common interest in regard to nuclear energy development.
South Africa has been a regular participant at ATOMEXPO because of its existing nuclear energy programme. The country also participates to gain experience in preparation for the implementation of its nuclear new build programme, in line with the government’s energy mix policy.
Having acceded to the Paris Agreement, South Africa is also keen to learn from best practices which would assist in meeting its energy objectives, including improving energy security, creating jobs, localization of nuclear technologies, increasing access to energy, reducing water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and diversifying the energy mix.
While in Moscow, Kubayi discussed with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak various options in the nuclear and energy space, within the context of the two countries Energy Co-operation Agreement. She also met the Director-General of Russian nuclear power agency Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, and agreed that technical teams from both sides will initiate discussions on co-operation.
The Minister also met Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Power in the Department of Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo, and agreed on establishing relations and synergies in the energy sector.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK