BDLive, 28 September, 2015
SCIENCE and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Tuesday cast confusion over SA’s planned nuclear procurement when she told journalists the request for proposals (RFP) would not be issued on Friday.
At a briefing by government’s cluster of economic ministers led by Pandor in Pretoria, she said that she was “almost certain” that Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson would not be able to publish the request for proposals on September 30. Early in September, Joemat-Pettersson promised Parliament the request for proposals would be issued by Friday.
But Pandor said the cluster, which meets in a Cabinet committee fortnightly, was set to discuss the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its next meeting, a step which had to be completed first before moving onto the nuclear procurement.
“Once we have processed what is proposed (in the IRP) as a cluster we would then take that to the formal Cabinet process. Once this has been done we will share the decisions and documents with the public.
“I am not certain … that we would be able to proceed with a call for proposals immediately this week. This was not my understanding from what was said and I think it is important for us to have agreed on the IRP at a minimum before we proceed.
“I cannot comment on what minister Joemat-Pettersson is planning for Friday but I am almost certain that she wouldn’t be able to publish the RFP on that date. Let us wait and see,” she said.