South Africa is the only country on the African continent with nuclear power generation. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at a Russia-Africa summit in Sochi, Russia and said his government is ready to provide its nuclear power technology to more of Africa.
African nations are trying to increase their power generation capacity on a continent that has long struggled to sustain reliable power. The International Energy Agency recently reported that 57% of Africa’s population does not have easy access to electricity, and those with access to power deal with frequent power outages. South Africa, meanwhile, recently announced a new energy plan for the 2019–2030 period, after government officials adopted a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the country’s electricity generation. The new plan calls for significant additions of wind and solar power, with wind power supply expected to increase 900% by 2030, and solar power output forecast to jump by 560%.
South Africa’s minister of Mineral and Energy Resources, Gwede Mantashe, recently said nuclear power remains an option for the country moving forward. Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president from 2009 to 2018, was a proponent of nuclear power and put forth plans to build more nuclear generation. His successor, current president Cyril Ramaphosa, has said the country cannot afford to build more reactors.