France offers its expertise to support South Africa’s nuclear programme, in particular in terms of industrial localization and social transformation.
Dr. Pascal Colombani, Special Envoy of the French President for the South Africa-France nuclear partnership, visited South Africa to meet with South African government officials and industrial leaders last week.
The objective of his visit was to have a deeper understanding of South African expectations related to its nuclear expansion programme, especially in terms of industrial localization and skills development.
Dr. Pascal Colombani discussed with Mrs Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, about opportunities to boost skills development and employment for South African SMEs. He also met high representatives from BBC and BUSA in order to initiate further discussions on the better way to boost the involvement of South African companies in the future nuclear supply chain.
Dr. Pascal Colombani also met NECSA Chairman Dr. Kemm and ESKOM Chairman Dr. Ngubane.
Dr. Pascal Colombani visited the Pelindaba center, where NECSA has been operating the SAFARI-1 reactor for more than 50 years, and the construction site of the Kusile power plant.
Finally, Dr. Colombani met the media in order to present France’s offer and answer all questions regarding the process.
This visit gave him the opportunity to assess the social implications of a project of this magnitude in South Africa especially in the field of skills development, a real key point for the success of this kind of project.
Dr. Pascal Colombani has underlined that transparency, ethics and compliance are utmost conditions to guarantee nuclear safety and drive the successful contribution of nuclear energy towards social transformation.