Earthlife Africa Johannesburg commissioned a study by the Energy Research Center at the University of Cape Town to analyze the potential socioeconomic risks of the proposed 9600 MW nuclear build plan. The study analyzed the the governments commitment to 9.6 GW of nuclear build against other supply options, and finds that a flexible planning approach is preferred compared to the full nuclear fleet. The study further finds that there is a 94% chance that electricity prices will be higher by 2030 as a result of nuclear commitment; with negative impacts on growth, employment and welfare.
Consumers are likely to bear the burden of the investment higher electricity prices and decreased employment. Find a shorter version here: SAs proposed nuclear build plan – potential socioeconomic risks shorter version-1