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South Africa considering best time for nuclear power expansion: Zuma
November 2, 2017 / 2:25 PM / 21 days ago

South Africa considering best time for nuclear power expansion: Zuma

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday his government was considering the best time to launch a major expansion of its nuclear power fleet, after the finance minister said the country could not afford it.

FILE PHOTO: South African president Jacob Zuma walks during the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission in the capital, Pretoria,South Africa, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

Zuma was responding to a question in parliament by opposition leader Mmusi Maimane who asked why finance minister Malusi Gigaba had said the expansion would be delayed while energy minister David Mahlobo said the opposite.

“We have a policy of mixed energy and that includes nuclear,” Zuma said. “We are not saying we have changed policy ... Its a question of timing, when do we do it. We have been discussing that issue all the time in the government.”

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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