SA should start planning for additional nuclear capacity if it is  to ensure reliable electricity supply, mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe said Thursday.

The nuclear issue has polarised the country and the ruling ANC. During former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure, the push to build a second nuclear power station at an estimated cost of R1-trillion, was criticised as unaffordable. Recently, Zuma told Business Day (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2019-03-22-zuma-stands-by-his-russian-nuclear-deal/) that SA would have a much more reliable power supply had the country built nuclear reactors.

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