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Anywhere else in the world that you bring it up, most people think of mushrooms clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or people dying from radiation sickness while poison clouds pump out of a broken Chernobyl power station.
In typical South African fashion - when you say nuclear here, we think of former president Jacob Zuma and corruption.
So it was surprising when it emerged last week that eThekwini apparently wants to pursue nuclear as one of the ways it wants to live its single life after planning to divorce Eskom in a couple of years time.
Helping us to figure out why Durban wants to play with radioactivity is News24 Business' climate reporter Lameez Omarjee