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S. Africa Snubs Advisers Over $85 Billion Nuclear Plan


South Africa’s government is forging ahead with plans to spend as much as 1 trillion rand ($85 billion) on new nuclear plants, ignoring objections from environmental activists, opposition parties, unions and even its own advisers.

Bids will be sought from the U.S., China, France, Russia and South Korea to add 9,600 megawatts of atomic power to the national grid to address energy shortages in Africa’s second-largest economy, President Jacob Zuma said in his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday. The first output is targeted for 2023, he said.