The South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) participated in the inaugural African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) Summit 2017 from the 26– 31 March 2017 held at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the Summit was “Nuclear for Sustainable Future”. The Summit brought together over 250 young professionals from 20 countries across the African continent and the Global Nuclear Community; to share experiences, to learn from one another and to debate the future development of nuclear technology applications and benefits for a sustainable future. The structure of the Summit was around plenary and technical sessions, facilitated workshops and presentations to allow all participants to enter into practical discussions.
The summit saw participation from the global community with key dignitaries drawn from the following organisational and institutions: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Nuclear Association (WNA), World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), European Union – CBRN P-60 Project (Kazakhstan), World Centre for Agroforestry (ICRAF), Canadian Nuclear Society, Institute for Nuclear Business Excellence (INBEx – Sweden), International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), State Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (China), Energy Nuclear Utility (USA), Nuclear Power Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (USA), Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia), Russia State Corporation in Nuclear Energy, Belgium Nuclear Research Centre(SCK-CEN Academy), Equipos Nucleares Sociedad Anonima (ENSA – Spain), Department of Energy (DoE SA), South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa SA), Eskom (SA), National Nuclear Regulator (NNR SA), NTP Radioisotopes (SA), Labour Movement of South Africa National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM YS), Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies, University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Ministry of Energy (Uganda), Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board under the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (Kenya), National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Kenya), Radiation Protection Board (Kenya), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), and many other professional bodies from the African region including the Eastern Africa Association for Radiation Protection and the local universities in Kenya.
The African Young Generation Network (AYGN) was officially launched by the Kenyan Ministry of Education and Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Board Nairobi Kenya during the Summit. The AYGN will thus ensure that the African youth organise themselves, form their respective country’s young generation networks and actively participate in the IYNC and other global activities. The AYGN official committee was also elected. The committee is as follows:
President: Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere (South Africa) - Necsa
Vice President: Ms Achieng Everlyne Onyango (Kenya)
Secretary General: Mr Raphael Chesori (Kenya)
Deputy SG: Mr Jeremiah Mbazor (Nigeria)
Treasurer General: Mr Mbuyiseni Nkosi (South Africa)
Liaison Officer: Ms Philisile Munetsi (South Africa)
North Africa: Ms Aya Hamdy (Egypt)
West Africa: Dr David Azanu (Ghana)
East Africa: Mr Brian Kakembo (Uganda)
Southern Africa: Mr Wonderboy Gubela (South Africa)
Central Africa: TBC
The next Summit, to be held in 2019 South Africa is now eagerly awaited.