for a balanced energy mix, which adequately utilises all sources of energy
available to achieve reliable, secured and affordable electricity for all South
Africans, while at the same time inflicting the least negative impact onto the
The youth organisation believes that this goal will not be achievable without the inclusion of nuclear energy and is therefore very pleased with the decision to include nuclear back into the upcoming Integrated Resource Plan.
The Integrated Resource Plan
Nuclear is by
far the most reliable energy source, it emits almost zero carbon into the
atmosphere during operation and over the life span of a nuclear power plant the
cost of the electricity coming out of that plant is very affordable.
In his address, the Minister highlighted a number of positive uses of nuclear technology beyond producing electricity, this is something that the SAYNPS really hold dear to our hearts highlights Gaopalelwe Santswere, Executive Chairperson of SAYNPS.
“We are a passionate group of young professionals who truly understand first-hand the immense value that these nuclear technologies which the Honourable Minister so rightly highlighted can bring to our country and the wellbeing of our people,” said Santswere.
Under the correct leadership, the organisation believes that the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) has the potential to become a world leader in various nuclear fields, beyond just the supply of medical isotopes.
Santswere went on
to highlight the positive impacts that the plans to replace SAFARI-1 Research
Reactor with a Multipurpose Research Reactor will have for South Africa. “The
replacement of SAFARI-1 really does have the potential to revitalise the
nuclear industry in South Africa and will certainly assist in our country’s
global competitiveness in various fields as well as grow our competencies in
science and technology.”
“While South Africa’s unemployment rate is high for both the youth and adults, the unemployment rate among young people is the highest. We believe that a rejuvenated nuclear industry will open up a myriad of new and exciting opportunities for young South Africans, including well-paid jobs and studying abroad on full scholarships,” concluded Santswere.