New Power Plant to bring safety and empower markets in South Africa

Societies in South Africa struggle with frequent blackouts, and currently only have one nuclear power plant, which is working at half-capacity.

Now, Zizamele Mbambo, the energy minister’s deputy director of power announced in a press release on Tuesday, that new security and fire jobs will be invigorating the marketplace, and all energy concerns quelled, through the building of a brand new nuclear powerplant – one which sees over 2,500 megawatts of new nuclear generation.

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said the extra 2,500MW of extra nuclear power would be “a significant milestone”. “I think the case is compelling, part of the reasons why we here with regards to the energy crises is that the generation cannot meet demand and therefore you need to have the additional generation capacity because we make points all the time that the Eskom fleet is ageing and we need additional generation capacity.”

He added that it would be part of the government’s action to “ending the existential challenge that is confronting the country” over power shortages and long-term energy security.

Rotating power cuts of up to 12 hours a day over the past 15 years have badly hit the economy and the government’s reputation as it heads into an election next year.

Through the implementation of this new powerplant, new security jobs and fire jobs would be generated. This will also help Africa on its journey to becoming a trade powerhouse as of 2030.

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