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NTP and Necsa at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

NTP and Necsa - represented by NTP’s GMD, Mrs Tina Eboka and Necsa’s CEO, Mr Phumzile Tshelane – have been privileged to be part of the South African delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC. This is the fourth and final series of Summits that have brought together leaders from 50+ countries and four international organisations to highlight accomplishments and make new commitments towards reducing threats of nuclear terrorism. Another part of the NSS process is minimising the civilian use of highly-enriched uranium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

South Africa remains at the forefront of effecting these changes by:

  • Signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and becoming the first country and only nation to voluntarily declare and dismantle its nuclear weapons; and
  • NTP becoming the first company to produce the first large scale commercial FDA approved batch of Low-Enriched Uranium (LEU) Mo-99 for patient use. 

NTP’s CG&SR Department is also hosting our exhibition to showcase NTP and Necsa’s capabilities and technological innovation to the rest of the world.

Nuclear Africa 2016 Conference

Necsa CEO, Mr Phumzile Tshelane addressed the Nuclear Africa Conference held at the Ntshonalanga Valley Resort in Centurion this morning, 16 March 2016.

Under the theme: "The Components Come Together" the Nuclear Africa Conference is aimed at providing the platform required to encourage the partnerships needed to rapidly advance the nuclear power programme in South Africa.

For more details on the conference. http://www.nuclearafrica.co.za/events.htm

Why we need nuclear energy in South Africa

Necsa Science Lecture Series: Necsa/UWC - Taking nuclear to the people

Necsa kicked-off its nuclear information campaign at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Wednesday 21 October 2015. Everyone was welcomed by Professor MT Davies-Coleman (PhD, FRSSAf) Dean of Natural Sciences, UWC.

Necsa CEO, Mr Phumzile Tshelane addressed a group of students and scientists from UWC’s Science, and Political Sciences faculties. Students and officials from iThemba LABS Nuclear Physics department also attended the lecture. Mr Tshelane discussed various issues around the nuclear programme including cost of nuclear, skills development and safety in the nuclear industry among others.

Through this campaign, Necsa wants to educate communities on its activities and strategies with the aim of enlightening South Africans about nuclear and banishing myths/misconceptions associated with nuclear technology.

Following the lecture at UWC, Necsa will continue its campaign to other universities in all nine provinces until 31 March 2016. Necsa intends to ensure that 80 percent of the South African population is informed about nuclear technology in the next five years and wishes to maintain and enhance the positive attitude towards nuclear and also to promote awareness and provide information to all the communities within South Africa.

Successful 3D Imaging in a SA context - an AESOP workshop!

Necsa’s INVOLVEMENT:  "Highlight was the visit to Necsa to witness the SAFARI-1 nuclear Research Reactor and the micro-focus X-ray Tomography Facility." More information is on the University of Pretoria's web.

  • Member of Organising committee : Frikkie de Beer (Section Leader : Radiography/Tomography Section in RS-Department)
  • Day-1: 12 October
    • Oral presentation: Mr Frikkie de Beer: Standing in for Dr. Motodi Maserumule: Necsa’s involvement and contribution in the AESOP program.
    • Oral Presentation: Mr Frikkie de Beer: Perspectives on the basics of Tomography
    • Day 1 - 4 : presentations by ~ 14 researchers & post-graduate students involved in the AESOP program that have used the Necsa micro-focus X-ray tomography (MIXRAD) facility in their research over the past 3 years.
      • Prof José Braga, University Paul Sabatier, France, Professor in Palaeoanthropology
      • Ms Franci Dorfling, PhD-candidate, Anatomy,  UP
      • Mr. Edward Odes, PhD candidate, Anatomical Sciences, Wits
      • Dr. Patrick Randolph-Quinney, Anatomical Sciences, Wits
      • Prof Peter Taylor, University of Venda
      • Mr  Alexander Parkinson, PhD candidate, Evolutionary studies institute, Wits
      • Ms Erin Hutchinson, Lecturer: Anatomical Sciences, Wits, PhD candidate.
      • Dr. Anna Oettlé, Senior lecturer: Department of Anatomy, UP
      • Prof André van Zyl HOD: Department of Periodontics School of Dentistry UP.
      • Charlotte Theye – PhD candidate UP
      • Mr. Jean Dumoncel  Computer scientist and PhD student in IT (University of Toulouse – Paul Sabatier)
      • Dr. Clément Zanolli  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
      • Prof Tania Hanekom, Bioengineering, UP
      • Riaze Asvat, Lecturer: Department of Anatomy UP . PhD Candidate.
  • Day-2: 13 October: (Field TRIP to Necsa and Cradle of Human Kind ~ 55 national and international guests)
  • Morning visit to Necsa’s SAFARI-1 and MIXRAD facilities:
    •  Necsa’s Visitor Centre
      • Early Coffee / Tea.
      • Welcome to Necsa: Dr. Gawie Nothnagel (Senior Manager: Radiation Science)
    • Visit to SAFARI-1, MIXRAD & Chemical Fossil Preparation Laboratories (P1500)
    • Mr Frikkie de Beer (Section Leader)
    • Mr Lunga Bam & Kobus Hoffman (Instrument Scientists)

Necsa exhibits at SAIREC

Necsa is exhibiting from 4-7 October 2015 at SAIREC (South African International Renewable Conference) in Cape Town. Click here for more information.

The IAEA's 59th General Conference

The IAEA's 59th General Conference was held between 14 and 18 September 2015 in Vienna. Over 1 300 delegates from the IAEA´s 151 Member States attended this annual policy-making meeting. Click here for more information

Necsa used the opportunity to exhibit at this conference to showcase South Africa/Necsa as “Nuclear for Safety”, “Nuclear for Energy”, “Nuclear for Innovation” and “Nuclear for Sustainability”. The exhibition stand was also utilized as a hub for delegates from other South African companies, e.g. DoE, Eskom and NNR to meet with their peers from other countries and host interviews between the different entities and the media.

The Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson as well as the DG if the IAEA, Mr Yukiya Amano visited the stand.

We report on a new waste disposal system developed by Necsa