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How the state capture controversy has influenced South Africa’s nuclear build

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South Africa's nuclear plans have been put on hold. In light of recent events in the country, pressure is being put on the government to halt the process, explains University of Johannesburg Professor Hartmut Winkler.

South Africa is facing a critical decision that could see it investing about R1trn – or US$60bn to $70bn – in a fleet of new nuclear power stations. Proponents argue that it will greatly increase electrical baseload capacity and generate industrial growth. But opponents believe the high cost would cripple the country economically.

What should be an economic decision has now been clouded by controversy, with political pressure to push through the nuclear build and the increasingly apparent rewards it would bring to politically-linked individuals.

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