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PBMR myths and facts – Eloff, Donaldson debate whether SAs R30bn nuclear power Moonshot can be resuscitated [Video]

With both supply and costs of electricity having changed dramatically for SA in the past few years, many are wondering if it’s time to dust off the blueprints of Eskom’s groundbreaking Pebble Bed Modular Reactor nuclear power programme. Cancelled in 2010 due to affordability, the PBMR project had sucked in a staggering R30bn in State investment, employed hundreds of scientists and even created a working prototype at NW University. Theuns Eloff, who was NWU’s vice chancellor at the time; and Andrew Donaldson, then DDG at National Treasury, discuss why the project was canned – and whether the new energy equation justifies revisiting the PBMR idea. They spoke to Alec Hogg of BizNews.

Andrew Donaldson on his time as Deputy Director-General in charge of the budgeting process 

There’s nothing exact about budgeting, but yes, that is what my job was, trying to make sense of it and trying to explain it. The big budget reforms were …

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