Renewed speculation on South African capacity to produce nuclear weapons has focused on a mysterious flash off the South African coast three years ago.
GV & SVs Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre (4 shots)
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GV PAN Research centre for radiated food (potatoes) (2 shots)
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Background: Renewed speculation on South African capacity to produce nuclear weapons has focused on a mysterious flash off the South African coast three years ago. This was detected by a US satellite, and there was widespread speculation at the time that only a nuclear explosion could have produced such a bright flash. On August 7, South African newspapers reported the magazine 'Progressive' as saying that the flash did in fact come from a nuclear device, though the evidence quoted was circumstantial. This has renewed attention to a peaceful nuclear developments in South Africa and much of the research is done at the Pelindaba Research Centre, near Pretoria. At present, scientists are concentrating on using radiation to preserve foodstuffs. Recently, they showed off the results of experiments where onions and potatoes had been radiated and were still in a good condition after three months. Vegetables that had not been radiated had gone bad. In addition to the Pelindaba Research Centre, South Africa has a nuclear power plant under construction in the Western Cape and a uranium enrichment plant near Pretoria which is being extended from a pilot scheme to a centre for full scale production.