South Africa‘s government has said it will push ahead with its nuclear expansion plan but will now do so at a slower pace due to weak economic growth. With the only nuclear powerstation on the continent, South Africa is seeking to expand its nuclear, wind, solar and coal power capacity.
“I can’t go and commit to additional expenditure on a nuclearprogramme,” said Cassim during its results presentation.
The sole power supplier in Africa‘s most industrialised economy reported a 34% drop in interim profits for the six months ending Sept 30. 2017, down to R6-billion ($504-million) due to declining sales and higher finance costs.
The power utility which has been embroiled in a governance crisis and allegations of undue influence in awarding tenders, said it would address governance concerns and stabilise the firm through its new board.
“We must have credibility, and we must have consistency,” said Mabuza.
The government named a new Eskom board earlier this month, ending a power vacuum that dates back to mid-2017 when then chairman Ben Ngubane resigned and government reversed Eskom‘s decision to reinstate Brian Molefe as chief executive.
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