Black industrialist programme gets boost from nuclear energy desk
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.