South Africa remains a respected major role player in the global nuclear industry.

An article by University of Cape Town honorary research associate David Fig published on July 16, titled Shutting down SA’s nuclear future, is devoid of proper nuclear historical perspective and the vital role the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) plays in the economic development of this country and globally.

There is no doubt that Fig is an accomplished environmental sociologist and publisher. It is therefore surprising that he would write such a flawed article that is also demoralising to young aspirant professionals in the nuclear industry.

South Africa has played a significant role in global nuclear development, and it is important to put its history in this field into perspective.

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