Eskom has announced that as part of the utility’s contribution to train and develop black artisans and engineers, it will be training almost 100 recruits, largely chosen from disadvantaged communities to equip them with the skills to operate an Eskom nuclear power plant.
This great idea was launched during a special event at Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station today.
Speaking at the event, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown had a word of advice for the new recruits that will be operating the Eskom nuclear power plant as she issued a healthy dose of optimism at the launch.
“There is an opportunity and we’re just going to push through it. We’re going to push through the gloom and the doom.”
The chairman of Eskom, Ben Ngubane says the nuclear energy industry is there to serve the nation and more importantly to provide job opportunities for the youths.
“For the country, it provides an opportunity to build additional capacity while providing minimal impact to the environment. For the youth, it provides a new beacon of hope in terms of new opportunities.”
To Eskom, this initiative is a notable skills development and transformation milestone.
Meanwhile, the National Energy Regulator said it has gotten two applications for nuclear installation site licence from Eskom to build new reactors along the east coast and the west coast. The purpose for this is to install an additional 9600MW of nuclear power by 2030 as part of the fight against the persistent electricity shortages that have weakened economic growth.
The National Nuclear Regulator said the sites applied for by Eskom are Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape province and Duynefontein in the Western Cape province.