Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says R850 million of her department’s R7.4-billion budget will go towards nuclear development.
“On the nuclear front, R850 million has been allocated to the department and its relevant agencies in order to undertake further research and development, especially in regard to safety matters,” said the minister.
She was delivering the Energy Department’s Budget Vote on Monday.
Regulation for the handling of hazardous materials, in terms of international obligations, and the development of nuclear policies and legislation to ensure the peaceful use of nuclear energy, will also be pursued.
Jeffreys Bay residents remain divided about the proposed nuclear power plant at Thyspunt. Some believe it will benefit the economy of the region, while many other believe it will have a negative impact on the towns in the Kouga and its people.
Concerns that the squid fishing industry will be severely impacted have not been adequately addressed in the Impact Studies to date, neither has the very real concern about debris flow from the Oyster Bay sand dunes been properly researched.
Other issues like the impact on the tourism industry and the financial impact on the Kouga Municipality, who will have to beef up their disaster management department amongst other obligations, are also concerns residents have about a nuclear plant being built in Kouga.