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Another excellent performance by a Necsa team!

We are proud to announce that the Diffraction Group of the Radiation Science Department of the R&D Division made it to the finals of the NSTF awards in the category “Research leading to Innovation by a Corporate Organisation”. As such the team members will already receive certificates of merit even though the over-all winning team still has to be announced at a prestigious function on 30 June 2016.

The team was nominated for the development of two world-class neutron diffraction instruments, MPISI and PITSI, at the SAFARI-1 research reactor. SAFARI-1 is a national asset with an impeccable safety and operational record. The development of world-class neutron instruments for niche applications is important to expand its institutional value even further. The resulting suite of non-destructive experimental techniques offered by the two new instruments benefits many materials related research fields. This is made possible because neutrons probe deep into materials to reveal information about atomic and magnetic properties at the micro-structural level, providing a powerful diagnostic for researchers in fields such as advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, nuclear materials and mineral beneficiation, all disciplines at the root of a knowledge economy.

The team of multi-disciplinary subject experts was led by Dr Venter, an expert in neutron diffraction science. The respective roles played were:

  • AM Venter: Scientific group leader.
  • PR van Heerden: Development and integration of mechanical subsystems.
  • JC Raaths: Integration of electronic and neutron detector systems.
  • D Marais: Customisation of software control system and development of data acquisition and treatment modalities.  
  • M Hayes, TP Ntsoane and ZN Sentsho: Scientific commission, testing and validation

Research on Materials with Neutron Beams Finds New Home in Africa

Date: 24-06-2016

Scientists from southern Africa no longer need to travel tens of thousands of kilometres to conduct materials research using thermal energy neutron beams, thanks to a recent installation of upgraded diffraction beam line facilities at the Safari-1 research reactor near Pretoria, South Africa.

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Call for Papers: Abstracts for IAEA International Conference on Applications of Radiation Science and Technology Due 12 August

Date: 31-05-2016

Interested contributors have until 12 August to submit an abstract to present at the IAEA International Conference on Applications of Radiation Science and Technology (ICARST) to be held in Vienna from 24 to 28 April 2017.

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Another excellent performance by a Necsa team!

We are proud to announce that the Diffraction Group of the Radiation Science Department of the R&D Division made it to the finals of the NSTF awards in the category “Research leading to Innovation by a Corporate Organisation”. As such the team members will already receive certificates of merit even though the over-all winning team still has to be announced at a prestigious function on 30 June 2016.

The team was nominated for the development of two world-class neutron diffraction instruments, MPISI and PITSI, at the SAFARI-1 research reactor. SAFARI-1 is a national asset with an impeccable safety and operational record. The development of world-class neutron instruments for niche applications is important to expand its institutional value even further. The resulting suite of non-destructive experimental techniques offered by the two new instruments benefits many materials related research fields. This is made possible because neutrons probe deep into materials to reveal information about atomic and magnetic properties at the micro-structural level, providing a powerful diagnostic for researchers in fields such as advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, nuclear materials and mineral beneficiation, all disciplines at the root of a knowledge economy.

The team of multi-disciplinary subject experts was led by Dr Venter, an expert in neutron diffraction science. The respective roles played were:

  • AM Venter: Scientific group leader.
  • PR van Heerden: Development and integration of mechanical subsystems.
  • JC Raaths: Integration of electronic and neutron detector systems.
  • D Marais: Customisation of software control system and development of data acquisition and treatment modalities.  
  • M Hayes, TP Ntsoane and ZN Sentsho: Scientific commission, testing and validation

African Scientists Learn about Nuclear Research Reactors First Hand in South Africa

Date: 02-05-2016

For the first time, scientists from across Africa have come together to learn about the diverse uses of research reactors at an IAEA course earlier this year in Pelindaba, South Africa. The Research Reactor School was organized in cooperation with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa).

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NWU receives R16m funding

Date: 19-02-2016

The School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at North West University (NWU) Potchefstroom campus has received R16m as funding to participate in nuclear energy research initiatives.

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The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ms Thembisile Majola visited Necsa

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ms Thembisile Majola visited Necsa on Friday, 03 July 2015 and was welcomed by Necsa officials: Mr Phumzile Tshelane, Necsa CEO, Amb Mochubela Seekoe, Chairperson of the Necsa BoD, Mr Xolisa Mabhongo, Group Executive: Corporate Services.

The Deputy Minister visited the following Necsa facilities:

  • SAFARI-1 Research Reactor hosted by Mr Elliot Mulane, Manager: Communication & Media Relations
  • NTP Radioisotopes hosted by Dr Namane Magau, Chairperson: NTP Radioisotopes
  • Nuclear Skills Development Centre hosted by Ms Ntebatse Matube, Senior Manager: Necsa Learning Academy and Mr Willie Prinsloo

South Africa leads the way at Safari-1

Date: 23-03-2015

South Africa quietly marked a world-leading milestone last week: the 50th anniversary of its Safari-1 Research Reactor was celebrated on 18 March.

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Amano highlights Africa's importance to IAEA

Date: 19-03-2015

Supporting Africa is a "high priority" for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based organisation's director general, Yukiya Amano, said yesterday in his opening address at the Nuclear Africa 2015 conference held in Pelindaba, South Africa.

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South Africa Celebrates 50 Years of Nuclear Power

Date: 19-03-2015

South Africa is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first nuclear reactor under the Atoms for Peace program.

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Atomic agency kudos for city hospital

Date: 20-03-2015

THE NUCLEAR medicine department Hospital stands head and shoulders above others of its kind, and yesterday its efficient medical staff and well kept state-of-the art equipment received top accolades from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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SAFARI-1 reactor turns 50 as nuclear medicine benefits millions around the world

Date: 18-03-2018

SAFARI-1 is a 20 Megawatt light water-cooled research reactor operated by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), under the auspices of the Department of Energy (DoE).

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"Little South Africa" leads the way in nuclear medicine as Necsa celebrates 50 years of SAFARI-1 reactor

Date: 18-03-2015

SAFARI-1 is a 20 Megawatt light water-cooled research reactor operated by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), under the auspices of the Department of Energy (DoE).

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Nuclear alchemy

Date: 18-03-2015

Today marks the golden anniversary of the Safari-1 nuclear research installation at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria.

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