South Africa’s Nuclear Plan

South Africa’s Nuclear Plan

South Africa is facing a big problem with power blackouts. To solve this issue, the government has announced plans to add 2,500 megawatts of new nuclear generation.

Current Situation

South Africa currently has Africa’s only nuclear power station, called Koeberg. However, this plant is only working at half capacity.

New Nuclear Plants

The government plans to build new nuclear plants to increase power generation. The first of these plants will most likely start operating in 2032 or 2033.

Request for Proposals

South Africa has already asked different vendors for proposals to build these new nuclear plants.


The Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, believes that adding 2,500MW of nuclear power will be a significant milestone for the country. It will help solve the power shortages and ensure long-term energy security.

Power Shortages and Economy

South Africa has been experiencing rotating power cuts for up to 12 hours a day over the past 15 years. These power cuts have had a negative impact on the economy and the government’s reputation, especially as an election is approaching next year.

Issues with Eskom

The national power company, Eskom, has faced corruption and maintenance problems, which have contributed to the power cuts.

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Extending the Life of Koeberg Plant

In an effort to extend the life of the Koeberg plant by 20 years, one unit was closed for almost a year, and the second unit is currently shut down for maintenance.

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