Black in­dus­tri­al­ist pro­gramme gets boost from nu­clear en­ergy desk

CityPress - - Business - – Xolani Mban­jwa

South Africa’s black in­dus­tri­al­ist pro­gramme re­ceived a boost this week with the cre­ation of a busi­ness nu­clear en­ergy desk to help black en­trepreneurs iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try’s multi­bil­lion-rand nu­clear pro­gramme.

The desk, es­tab­lished by the Black Busi­ness Coun­cil (BBC) and the Nu­clear En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion of SA (Necsa), will of­fer a plat­form for black busi­ness to in­ter­act with Necsa and other rel­e­vant en­ti­ties on the nu­clear new build pro­gramme.

Necsa chief ex­ec­u­tive Phumzile Tshe­lane said the aim was to avoid re­peat­ing past mis­takes, when black en­trepreneurs were left in the cold with re­gard to mas­sive projects.

“We can­not re­peat mis­takes of the past. The nu­clear new build pro­gramme should lead to in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion in South Africa, with mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion by black busi­ness prac­ti­tion­ers,” said Tshe­lane.

The cre­ation of the desk fol­lows a meet­ing be­tween the BBC and Necsa, where the two dis­cussed prepa­ra­tions for South Africa’s nu­clear new build pro­gramme and po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties for black busi­ness.

Cab­i­net ap­proved the In­te­grated Re­source Plan in 2010, which pro­vides for 9 600 megawatts of elec­tric­ity to be gen­er­ated through nu­clear power, with the first unit com­mis­sioned by 2023.

En­ergy min­is­ter Tina Joe­mat-Pet­ters­son es­ti­mates that the coun­try’s nu­clear pro­gramme is worth be­tween R400 bil­lion and R1 tril­lion.

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