Nuclear deal could be behind Gordhan's axing

City Press over the weekend revealed that according to a confidential document, South Africa’s nuclear-build programme will kick off in June when Eskom issues a formal request for proposals from companies bidding for the estimated R1 trillion contract.

Sipho Masondo, investigative journalist for City Pres, says SA's nuclear build is one of the many issues that led to the firing of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.

Masondo gave the background into the investigation and how Gordhan and Jonas frustrated the plans to secure the nuclear deal.

If it hadn't been for Pravin Gordhan tenders for the nuclear build would've been issued a long time ago.

Sipho Masondo, investigative journalist for City Pres

Our sources tell us that one of the reasons the ministers were fired is because the request for proposals has to be issued now so we know Gordhan and Jonas were opposing this thing and they wouldn't let it happen.

Sipho Masondo, investigative journalist for City Press

Chris Yelland, energy expert and managing director at EE Publishers says the department of energy is in the process of determining whether South African needs nuclear.

The process will determine if we do need nuclear, how much do we need, when do we need it, as well as the other alternatives including coal, gas, wind, and solar...

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

All of these things have to be looked at based on cost, based on how quickly one can deploy them as well as policy consideration - the need to reduce carbon dioxide omissions, the need to conserve water, the need to create jobs...

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

It is all about the money in the end.

Chris Yelland, Managing Editor at EE Publishers

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