Wednesday, 29 September 2004 02:00

SA takes on cutting edge science

Local and international interest is growing in the possibility of making South Africa the first African country to build a synchrotron, it emerged this week.

With coal reserves dwindling, nuclear power is an option for the future and government is considering more Koeberg-type plants

Analysts believe companies have been given impetus by the easing of exchange control regulations.

South Africa, along with Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia, accounted for 60 percent of all direct investment inflows into Africa from 1997 to 2001, a draft World Economic Forum (WEF) report had shown.

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