Light in the power tunnel
WHAT HAPPENED| TO RELIEVE SA’S power crisis, Eskom is to build a second nuclear power station in the Western Cape. Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said Eskom took that decision late last year, and a preferred bidder will be decided on during the current quarter. The plant will provide at least 1 000MW of power – but not before 2013, as construction can only start after an environmental impact study.
WHAT THE OTHERS SAID ENVIRONMENTALISTS WILL BE up in arms, Business Day said. However, the decision to build another nuclear power station in the Cape made sense. The newspaper reported that coal-based power is highly polluting and is also becoming more expensive. Die Burger said job opportunities and growth partly depended on sufficient electricity and therefore the building of the new plant should start as soon as possible.