Professor Eben Mulder tells Mining Weekly. that rare earth by-product thorium could trigger a nuclear renaissance as the mineral offers the opportunity to assuage concerns surrounding waste management and proliferation in the provision of nuclear energy.

The editorial is quoted as saying:

He explains that the world and South Africa are starting to focus on the potential of thorium, which holds a number of advantages over uranium. “Fuel from thorium burns longer than uranium in a reactor, producing more energy in a unit mass,” he says.

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