"So we now found ourselves in the situation, certainly on the engineering front and technical side, that we're as experienced and skilled up as anybody in the world," Jonas told News24
. The South African team also secured international co-operation, and research chairs at local universities have been established to accelerate development of the technology expected to drive the project. A number of researchers have come to SA to ensure that students will have the correct skills to participate in the programme.
The longer term goal is to produce local experts who could expand the project, slated for completion in 2024, Jonas said.
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