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

Listen here to the full interviews:


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
ANC lacked 'backbone' and has left Zuma's fate in the hands of opposition - EFF

ANC lacked 'backbone' and has left Zuma's fate in the hands of opposition - EFF

EFF National Chairperson Dali Mpofu says it wont be easy lobbying votes for the no confidence motion, but the party is determined.

We list all the protest action planned for Cape Town this week

We list all the protest action planned for Cape Town this week

Here are details of activities you can get involved in to protest against President Zuma and state capture.

What being downgraded to junk status really means

What being downgraded to junk status really means

Wits Professor Patrick Bond and Financial Mail's Sikonathi Mantshantsha share their insights into the latest S&P downgrade.

OPINION: Dololo #BlackMonday, dololo mass mobilisation

OPINION: Dololo #BlackMonday, dololo mass mobilisation

Social activist Carla Bernardo shares her views on why Facebook events and Twitter hashtags are not enough to tackle injustice.

Nuclear procurement right thing to do for SA -  New Nuclear Watch chair

Nuclear procurement right thing to do for SA - New Nuclear Watch chair

Former UK MP and chairperson of New Nuclear Watch, Tim Yeo, is one the speakers at Nuclear Africa conference currently underway.

North Korea's ballistic missile test a "success" (and China is not happy)

North Korea's ballistic missile test a "success" (and China is not happy)

China has condemned Sunday's "successful" testing of the medium- to long-range nuclear-capable missile.

Germans jumps on board to assist Jozi freight system

Germans jumps on board to assist Jozi freight system

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC has signed a Joint Declaration of Intent with the German government for a safer, greener industry.

Popular articles
Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

DStv subscriber? ANN7 thanks you for the payday!

DStv subscriber? ANN7 thanks you for the payday!

Bruce Whitfield interviews Outa’s Wayne Duvenhage about his open letter to MultiChoice, who will pay ANN7 R245 million.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.