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Tribute To One of South African’s Great intellectual, Ambassador Dr Mochubela “Wezi” Seekoe.

Date: 22-11-2017

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Media Release: Statement on the NTP Radiochemicals Production Halt

Date: 22-11-2017

NTP Radiochemicals production halt effected: all operations in pharmaceutical ingredients (API) production facility at NTP has been halted. SAFARI-1 nuclear reactor is operational and has not been compromised.

 

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Necsa Wins Award

Date: 10-10-2017

Receiving the award on behalf of Necsa Group CEO Mr Phumzile Tshelane, (from LtoR) Mr Danny Motlauthi, Ms Ntebatse Matube, Mr John Nkwana and Mr Clive Mokoena.

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Winning Women: The nucleus of medicine

Date: 01-10-2017

Every second of every day more than one nuclear imaging scan takes place throughout the world to help in early diagnosis of diseases and ailments such as cancers and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, nuclear medicine is used to treat cancer and other conditions.

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MECA SENS 2017 conference hosted by Necsa

Date: 29-09-2017

A very successful MECA SENS 2017 conference has been hosted by personnel from the Diffraction Section of Necsa over the period 19 to 21 September 2017 at the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. 

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Africans make their mark in science

Date: 28-09-2017

A high-powered physics conference has just taken place at the Skukuza conference centre in the Kruger National Park. I was invited to open the proceedings.

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NNSA collaborates with South Africa’s NTP to convert its molybdenum-99 production processes to low-enriched uranium

Date: 26-09-2017

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), in tandem with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (NTP), recently completed conversion of its molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production process from highly-enriched uranium (HEU), which is frequently used for nuclear weapons development, to low-enriched uranium (LEU).

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Nuclear agenda in Africa under spotlight, as Rosatom launches wind energy firm

Date: 22-09-2017

Russia’s nuclear agenda in Africa came under the spotlight this week, after Rosatom announced the launch of a major wind energy subsidiary.

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Nuclear power headlining in SA this week

Date: 22-09-2017

South Africa involved in two nuclear-related developments coinciding on two different continents this week.

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South African nuclear achievement crowned by US award

Date: 22-09-2017

South African company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, has been presented with an Award for Outstanding Achievement by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), an agency of the US Department of Energy (DoE), the two organisations simultaneously announced in Pelindaba and Washington DC on Friday.

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Zuma schools Trump on climate at UN

Date: 21-09-2017

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday declared in his address at the UN that climate change was real.

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'No safe hands' for weapons of mass destruction, Zuma tells UN

Date: 21-09-2017

President Jacob has called for calm in North Korea‚ saying "the situation cannot be allowed to get out of hand".

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Nuclear scientists attend specialist conference

Date: 20-09-2017

In South Africa, 100 nuclear scientists from 18 countries gathered this week in the Kruger National Park to unpack high precision analysis techniques, which can be used in the fabrication of components for nuclear reactors.

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SA is to push nuclear deal's restart button

Date: 18-09-2017

South Africa could restart a procurement process for its nuclear expansion project as soon as next month, but the government has yet to determine the exact timing, the chairperson of South Africa’s state nuclear agency Necsa said on Friday.

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SA could start nuclear procurement process again as soon as next month

Date: 15-09-2017

SA could re-start a procurement process for its nuclear expansion project as soon as next month, but the government still has to determine the exact timing, the chairperson of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said on Friday.

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NTP Scoops Award for Outstanding Achievement!

Date: 12-09-2017

Necsa looks to make fluorchemical subsidiary profitable and expand manufacturing division

Date: 11-09-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality fluorochemical products manufacturing subsidiary Pelchem.

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Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

Date: 11-09-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme.

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Need for greater nuclear medicine awareness

Date: 31-08-2017

Nuclear medicine is underused in South Africa despite its potential to increase better health outcomes and reduce medical costs in the long run.

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Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

Date: 01-09-2017

The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021.

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LETTER: SA nuclear’s golden lining

Date: 28-08-2017

Michael Schmidt’s article only told the first part of the story of SA’s nuclear bomb programme (How SA’s nuke cloud became a global silver lining, August 22).

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South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

Date: 18-08-2017

South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.

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NIASA AM live

Date: 17-08-2017

Jeff talks science

The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power

Nuclear and coal lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa

Date: 17-08-2017

South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations.

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Jeff talks science and maths with trail blazing nuclear physicist Gaopalelwe Santswere

Date: 17-08-2017

With a passionate belief that science does not have to be boring or daunting, GP, as he likes to be called, is indeed to be commended for his innovative approach to the intimidating subjects of both science and physics.

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CEO Mr Phumzile Tshelane on Power FM

Date: 15-08-2017

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Nuclear energy still in the plan, says minister Mmamoloko Kubayi

Date: 14-08-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to nuclear energy.

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Eskom considers relaunch of pebble bed modular reactor programme

Date: 14-08-2017

This article outlines Eskom’s approach in the development of the advanced high temperature reactor (AHTR) programme, commonly known as the pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) restart.

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Dodgy R80m nuclear tender probed

Date: 11-08-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has launched an investigation into several senior officials in her department for alleged nuclear tender irregularities amounting to R80-million.

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There is nothing anti-competitive about companies collaborating

Date: 11-08-2017

The Competition Commission is worrying me. In fact, it has been worrying me for quite a long time.

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South Africa grows share of global nuclear medicine market

Date: 06-08-2017

The global nuclear medicine market, which includes radioisotopes and medical equipment, was valued at over US$11-billion in 2016, and is now projected to reach nearly US$20-billion by 2021.

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OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group re-elects vice chair

Date: 04-08-2017

Tina Eboka, Group MD of the NTP Group of companies, a subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has been re-elected as vice chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR).

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South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally

Date: 03-08-2017

South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced on Thursday.

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Nuclear is not just about energy - Niasa MD

Date: 19-07-2017

South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine.

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SA’s nuclear future under the spotlight

Date: 14-07-2017

The topical issue of nuclear power and its role in Africa will come under discussion in a one-day Nuclear Forum to be held in Sandton next week.

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SA is on right track to nuclear power

Date: 07-07-2017

I recently spent a week in Moscow attending the annual Russian nuclear power conference and exhibition, ATOMEXPO 2017.

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LETTER: Teach them to love maths

Date: 28-06-2016

I am a nuclear physicist working at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). I am black, 35 years old and the world of science is at my feet.

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Nuclear will be pursued at pace SA can afford, says Zuma

Date: 27-06-2017

Government remains intent on pursuing the new nuclear build programme at a pace and scale that the country can afford, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

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SA to review nuclear plans in light of recession – Minister

Date: 27-06-2017

The SA Government would review its nuclear plans as part of its response to the recession, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said in Moscow, Russia, last week.

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The Regulatory Cooperation Forum appoints Tyobeka as Chair

Date: 26-06-2017

On Friday, the South African National Nuclear Regulator(NNR) announced that its CEO, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, has assumed position as chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Outa outraged by Necsa chairman’s pronouncement on nuclear time frame

Date: 21-06-2017

Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) chairman Kelvin Kemm recently told a conference in Moscow that Eskom’s proposed new nuclear power stations would be a done deal by end-2017, and Russia’s Rosatom would probably get the contract.

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Nuclear power increasingly replacing traditional sources of power generation - Kemm

Date: 20-06-2017

The world is entering a new phase of energy development and nuclear-powered electricity generation has a key role to play in phasing out carbon-based energy generation, nuclear physicist and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm said during a plenary discussion at the yearly international nuclear forum Atomexpo 2017, which is being held in Moscow, Russia.

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Rosatom plans to sell 49% stake in $22bn Turkish nuclear power plant

Date: 19-06-2017

Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom wants to sell 49 percent of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant (NPP) it is building for Turkey. Russia will retain a controlling stake after the sale.

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Opinion: PBMRs could be built in old power stations due to be decommissioned

Date: 25-05-2017

The African Utility Week saw an important and welcome announcement. Eskom’s chief nuclear officer revealed that Eskom was reconsidering the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR).

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State set to renegotiate nuclear build

Date: 22-05-2017

The government will start renegotiating its inter-governmental agreements on nuclear co-operation with five vendor nations from next month, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said.

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'I don't want to go to prison,' says new energy minister on nuclear plans

Date: 22-05-2017

'Am I here to implement wrong decisions? I don’t think so. I wouldn’t want to see myself in prison. I have a three-month- old baby. Sandile [my son] needs me. I have a family'

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IPP Office to be incorporated into overhauled Central Energy Fund

Date: 19-05-2017

South Africa’s highly respected Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which has overseen nearly R200-billion-worth of renewable-energy investment since 2011, is to be incorporated into the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which itself is to be overhauled.

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Eskom head: "No secret nuke deal"

Date: 19-05-2017

Despite persistent conspiracy theories and media speculation, Eskom's nuclear boss is adamant there is no secret plan or corruption linked to the nuclear plan.

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Task team deliberating on renewables impasse to report ‘first week in June’

Date: 19-05-2017

A joint task team set up to find solutions to the current impasse holding back the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 37 renewable-energy projects procured in 2015 will report back in the first week of June, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reported on Friday.

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Energy Minister says gov must be more transparent on nuclear plans

Date: 19-05-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi concedes that her predecessors and peers have not been forthright about the plans for nuclear build programme.

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SA to start renegotiating nuclear accords next month – Energy Minister

Date: 19-05-2017

The South African government will start renegotiating its inter-governmental agreements on nuclear cooperation with five nations, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Friday.

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Nuclear chiefs regroup in SA as minister pledges fresh start

Date: 19-05-2017

Nuclear energy executives and advisers have regrouped to discuss the way forward after a court case cancelled the start of the 9.6 GW new build procurement programme last month.

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Necsa’s next step towards realising nuclear dream

Date: 17-05-2017

In an exclusive interview, Chris Yelland, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane and chairperson Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding the science, engineering and law surrounding nuclear fuel production and the proposed nuclear new-build in South Africa.

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Q&A: Exploring South Africa’s proposed nuclear new-build

Date: 17-05-2017

In an exclusive interview, CHRIS YELLAND, investigative editor at EE Publishers, posed a number of questions to Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) CEO Phumzile Tshelane and Chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm, to explore issues surrounding the science, engineering and law aspects of nuclear fuel production and the proposed nuclear new-build in South Africa.

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Necsa signs skills-related MoU with French utility

Date: 16-05-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and French electric utility company Electricité de France (EDF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance training of and development of technical skills and, for the continuous education and training of technicians, in the nuclear energy sector.

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'We must continue with our nuclear programmes,' Molefe tells Eskom staff

Date: 16-05-2017

'We must continue our mission of keeping the lights on and this winter we want very few incidents'

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Molefe and nuclear to dominate power gathering

Date: 16-05-2017

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and South Africa’s stalled nuclear procurement programme will feature prominently at the African Utility Week in Cape Town from Tuesday.

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Opinion: Molefe sent back to Eskom to salvage nuclear deal

Date: 15-05-2017

The outrageous return of Brian Molefe to lead Eskom confirms a few things about the state of our nation and our leaders.

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SA Energy Department not appealing ruling on nuclear deal

Date: 15-05-2017

South Africa's Department of Energy is not intending to appeal the Western Cape High Court ruling that granted Earthlife Africa an order to interdict the department from signing major nuclear deals with Russia, South Korea, China, France and the USA.

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South African ministry accepts court ruling

Date: 15-05-2017

South African Energy Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi said on 13 May she will not appeal against a High Court decision declaring ministerial determinations underpinning the country's nuclear procurement plans to be unlawful. Intergovernmental agreements set aside under the ruling will be replaced with new agreements, she said.

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Fallout from nuclear judgement exposes renewables

Date: 15-05-2017

The South African government is still trying to come to terms with a recent court judgement that has stopped nuclear procurement in its tracks, but the impact is affecting other technologies as well.

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'SOUTH AFRICANS SHOULD NOT BE LEFT IN DARK ON NUCLEAR PLANS'

Date: 14-05-2017

Lobby groups have welcomed Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi's decision to not appeal the Western Cape High Court's ruling on the country's nuclear deal programme.

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South Africa’s nuclear future to be discussed at African Utility Week

Date: 14-05-2017

Discussions on South Africa’s nuclear future and a pledge of commitment by the water industry to ensure a water resilient future are some of the highlights at the 17th annual African Utility Week conference and expo that kick off at the CTICC in Cape Town on 16 May 2017.

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Nuclear deal back on the agenda, says minister

Date: 14-05-2017

Energy Minister Mammoloko Kubayi has confirmed the nuclear deal is back on the agenda. Kubayi said this on Saturday after she announced she would not appeal the Western Cape High Court decision to halt the nuclear process.

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New nuclear agreements to be signed in June

Date: 14-05-2017

South Africa will sign standardised agreements with the US, China, South Korea, France and Russia, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said.

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SA to sign new nuclear power pacts after court ruling

Date: 14-05-2017

South Africa plans to sign new, more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia due to a lack of oversight, the energy ministry said on Saturday.

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Energy minister says it’s far from over for nuclear deal

Date: 13-05-2017

Government isn’t giving up – it’s just planning to make a future deal harder to challenge in court.

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Government will not appeal nuclear ruling

Date: 13-05-2017

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi will not appeal the Western Cape High Court judgment declaring the nuclear programme unlawful.

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Atomic agency looks to increase assistance to nuclear hopefuls

Date: 12-05-2017

Nuclear energy organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom have reached an agreement that is aimed at strengthening IAEA assistance to member States that are considering introducing or expanding nuclear power programmes.

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Nuclear is too expensive, too controversial

Date: 12-05-2017

Implementing a nuclear build programme in South Africa would be extremely difficult because of the associated expenses as well as the controversy surrounding nuclear power, says financial services company Thomson Reuters.

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Nuclear energy provides secure, clean, affordable baseload power

Date: 12-05-2017

Nuclear energy is the only provider of secure, reliable, clean and affordable baseload power that, from a total life cycle cost perspective, offers one of the most affordable electricity sources, states the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa).

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Time for sanity and clarity on SA’s nuclear energy plans

Date: 01-05-2017

Despite the pro-nuclear lobbyists’ attempts to downplay the impact of last week’s Western Cape High Court “nuclear” judgment, the ruling was a telling blow to Government’s nuclear ambitions.

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Judgment means new approach for South Africa’s nuclear project, not its end, says industry

Date: 28-04-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has called for “caution and common sense” in its press release on Friday, responding to the Western Cape High Court judgment on Wednesday, which set aside as unconstitutional and unlawful certain policy decisions and intergovernmental agreements announced and entered into by the South African Government regarding the country’s planned construction of new nuclear power plants (NPPs). It highlighted that the judgement has not derailed the country’s new NPP programme.

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Nuclear body responds to judgement

Date: 28-04-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has reacted to the Western Cape High Court ruling on the nuclear deal, saying claims that the judgement had killed the country nuclear build programme is an over reaction and damaging to the country's international reputation and commercial standing.

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South Africa has a solid foundation for nuclear

Date: 28-04-2017

The argument for nuclear technology does not start and end on the basis of energy supply and financial modelling, but is rather centred on its socioeconomic impact on the average South African, the environment, the youth and the legacy it will create.

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SA may request nuclear bids in June – Necsa CEO

Date: 11-04-2017

The head of South Africa’s nuclear company said a request for proposals to build reactors is expected to go out as early as June as five potential suppliers emerge as leading candidates.

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Necsa sketches time frame for nuclear build contracts

Date: 11-04-2017

A request for proposals to build reactors could go out as early as June, as five potential suppliers emerge as leading candidates, the head of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA says.

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Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?

Date: 11-04-2017

The oh-so-delayed signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) between Eskom and independent renewable energy power producers has been postponed yet again, on the pretext that the newly-appointed minister of energy needs to get up to speed on the deal.

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Broadcasts on Business Day TV: Africa Inc -  Future of nuclear energy

Interviews with Kelvin Kemm (Chairperson of Necsa), Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director at the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA), Andrew Kenny (Nuclear Power Consultant) and Dave Nicholls (Chief Nuclear Officer: ESKOM) regarding the future of nuclear energy.

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Frontiers in Cancer Therapy

Date: 17-03-2017

Today’s edition of Science includes a special section on cancer therapy with the revealing subtitle, “Stocking oncology’s medicine cabinet.”

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Broadcasts on Business Day TV: Africa Inc -  Future of nuclear energy

Interviews with Kelvin Kemm (Chairperson of Necsa), Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director at the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA), Andrew Kenny (Nuclear Power Consultant) and Dave Nicholls (Chief Nuclear Officer: ESKOM) regarding the future of nuclear energy.

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Mr Phumzile Tshelane - Nuclear Africa Conference 2017 "International Collaboration In Nuclear"

Necsa is excitedly looking forward to the nuclear developments which will unfold during 2017

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Let's heed Jonas's sentiment and get cracking

Date: 15-03-2017

In the budget speech of Minister Pravin Gordhan, he emphasized the need for improved growth.

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The argument for nuclear

Date: 10-03-2017

The issue around fear of nuclear is worldwide, according to Knox Msebenzi, managing director of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa), who underlines the integral role nuclear energy could play on the African continent.

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S.Africa: court rules in favour of Necsa

Date: 09-03-2017

Earthlife Africa has lost a court action against South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to stop the construction and use of a small nuclear waste smelter.

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House burns down in popular resort

Date: 02-03-2017

A house at the popular African Island resort in Melodie went up in flames on Thursday morning.

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Pike goes nuclear - with medical aid in tow

Date: 02-03-2017

"I'm feeling great. It really is amazing. If I'd had chemotherapy I wouldn't have been able to get out of bed. The day after [treatment] I rode horses for four hours," the 60-year-old media strategist said.

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The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) Learning Academy

Date: 02-2017

The National Learning Academy (NLA), was created by Necsa to contribute towards creating nuclear technology and manufacturing capability to bolster South Africa's innovation, global competitiveness and economic growth.

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Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa appointments

Date: 26-02-2017

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has made some senior appointments.

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NECSA CEO on nuclear energy advisory group

Date: 24-02-2017

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Association(IAEA), has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Chief Executive Officer Mr Phumzile Tshelane, to serve as a member of the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy(SAGNE) for a two year period.

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Coordination key to successful nuclear new build programme

Date: 21-02-2017

There is a pressing need for a clear definition of the roles different governmental departments, power utility Eskom and other industry participants will play in the nuclear new build programme, as there is a currently “chaos around who is doing what job”.

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China assists South Africa with skills development for nuclear workforce

Date: 15-02-2017

As South Africa gears up for one of its most ambitious nuclear projects in history, it has looked to China for assistance with capacity building and skills development for its nuclear workforce. The move comes as the first group of South African workers began a nuclear power plant training course at a Chinese university, as agreed under an earlier accord. An agreement signed between the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) and the China Nuclear Energy Engineering Group stipulates that South African trainees would undergo training in China on nuclear power plant construction.

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Eskom reveals which countries will bid for nuclear deal

Date: 01-02-2017

Eskom said 27 companies have stated that they intend to provide a response to the Request for Information (RFI) for the proposed 9.6 GW Nuclear New Build Programme.

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As Eskom fires starting gun on nuclear, nearly 30 companies enter race with Russia

Date: 01-02-2017

The controversy around Eskom’s proposed nuclear build programme, which some believe could cripple the country’s finances, has generated huge publicity – so much so that dozens of companies have joined Russia’s Rosatom in indicating their interest in working on the project.

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New coins to mark Krugerrands’ golden jubilee

Date: 27-02-2017

Something that irritates me is when there is crazy, impossible science in Hollywood movies. It happens a lot. It happens on TV all the time.

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New coins to mark Krugerrands’ golden jubilee

Date: 20-02-2017

A new pure-silver Krugerrand has been issued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first gold Krugerrands being issued in 1967. From 1967 to 1970, the Krugerrands were produced mainly for collectors, but they became so popular that, in 1970, the South African Mint started mass-producing them.

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Necsa pleased at nuclear power start

Date: 20-01-2017

Necsa expressed excitement that the nuclear RFI (Request For Information) had been formally issued.

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Vier dood in gru-ongeluk

Date: 13-01-2017

Drie vroue en ‘n man is op slag dood toe hul Toyota Corolla kop-aan-kop met ‘n Range Rover op Saartjiesnek gebots het. Necsa-brandweer moes die vier oorledenes se verminkte liggame met lewenskake uit die wrak verwyder.

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Reality check for nuke power trip

Date: 13-01-2017

The closing months of 2016 delivered a burst of momentum to the country’s contentious nuclear build. In November, the Cabinet resolved that Eskom would join the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in taking charge of it.

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Eskom seeks partners in bid for sustainable nuclear programme

Date: 21-12-2016

Eskom is looking at a fleet of nuclear plants with a generating capacity of 9,600MW as it says that experience over the past 40 years has shown that this reduces costs significantly.

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Eskom fires starting gun on nuclear plan

Date: 20-12-2016

Eskom officially started the process to procure 9.6 GW of nuclear energy on Tuesday, when it released the request for information (RFI).

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South Africa set to shine as world nuclear oyster opens

Date: 15-12-2016

Uranium has to be chemically processed, which sounds simple but is incredibly complex.

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Eskom proposals for nuclear build in 2017

Date: 15-12-2016

Eskom expects to issue a request for proposals for the nuclear build programme in the first half of next year, the power utility said on Wednesday.

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Forum to encourage pro-Thyspunt issues

Date: 01-12-2016

A forum was launched in Jeffreys Bay recently to lobby government and the public to be pro-nuclear energy and to educate the community accurately by debunking misconceptions on the new nuclear building programme.

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Why the haste for ‘unaffordable’ nuclear power?

Date: 30-11-2016

It is hardly surprising that Eskom and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Sanec) would adopt the threatening attitude of “start moving now to get the nuclear generators humming or the lights will go out”. But you would expect them to adopt that stance.

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Nuclear RFP: Good to go!

Date: 27-11-2016

Interview with our Necsa's CEO: Phumzile Tshelane.

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Eskom, Necsa team ideal for nuclear power production

Date: 21-11-2016

The Cabinet announced that the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Eskom would be partners in the procurement of new nuclear power stations.

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Young artisans to gain from nuclear build

Date: 10-11-2016

It is a pity that the nuclear energy debate has been shrouded by what appear to be serious ideologues from the two sides; and, unsurprisingly, very rarely have cooler heads been allowed a voice. The litigation and policy ambivalence hasn’t made things easier.

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Necsa to be owner-operator for nuclear fuel cycle and new multi-purpose reactor

Date: 06-11-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has welcomed Cabinet’s confirmation that it will be the owner-operator and procurer for the nuclear fuel cycle and new multi-purpose reactor.

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Former NECSA workers praise Public Protector

Date: 31-10-2016

Former workers of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) situated in Atteridgeville, who allegedly contracted serious health issue while working for the company, thanks the Public Protector for handling their case well.

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Commercial activity keeps Necsa viable

Date: 26-10-2016

State funding for the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) had been on a precipitous decline for a number of years and the sustainability of the company would depend on the success of its drive to commercialise its operations, the corporation’s executives told MPs on Tuesday.

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Necsa under pressure to turn finances around

Date: 25-10-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) says it is under pressure to turn its finances around.

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Energy Department wants Eskom to run nuclear plant

Date: 22-10-2016

The Department of Energy will recommend to the cabinet that Eskom be appointed as procurer, owner and operator of the new nuclear energy build programme as per the Nuclear Energy Policy of 2008. 

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EXCLUSIVE: New chapter for nuclear firm as Russia pays Necsa R1.7m

Date: 11-10-2016

South Africa’s state-owned nuclear company Necsa has received R1.7m as part of a fabrication contract to manufacture nuclear reactor components for Russia, it said on Tuesday.

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MEDIA RELEASE: NECSA RECEIVED UNQUALIFIED AUDIT OPINION FOR 2014/15 AND 2015/16 FINANCIAL YEARS COMMUNIQUE.

Date: 05-10-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) received unqualified audit opinions on its Annual Financial Statements (AFS) for both 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years from the Auditor-General of South Africa’s (AGSA) office.

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SA man to head board of UN nuclear body

Date: 04-10-2016

For the first time since 1959, a South African will chair the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Be sensible, go nuclear

Date: 02-10-2016

South Africa is about the same size as western Europe. The distance from Pretoria to Cape Town is about the same as from Rome to London.

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Auditor-general picks out Necsa for irregular expenditure

Date: 27-09-2016

The Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) incurred R128m in irregular expenditure in its 2015 financial year because it failed to comply with the government’s preferential procurement regulations, the auditor-general has found.

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Where will SA put lethal nuclear waste?

Date: 20-09-2016

ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s announcement that the procurement of 9.6GW of nuclear power will begin at the end of September demonstrates the government’s commitment to its nuclear plans despite opposition.

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South Africa nuclear tender open to all, Rosatom not frontrunner

Date: 15-09-2016

A massive nuclear tender in South Africa is open to all bidders prepared to manufacture locally and share technology, and Russia is not the frontrunner, the head of the country's nuclear agency said.

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Health dispute of former Pelindaba workers draws to end

Date: 12-09-2016

Hundreds of former Pelindaba nuclear plant workers edged closer to the conclusion of their long drawn-out dispute when seven of them were examined at the cost of R100 00 each at a Pretoria facility last Saturday.

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Nuclear power is the only sensible way to go

Date: 08-09-2016

Recently, Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe and his top team had to face a grilling by parliamentarians. That is the checks and balances system in operation, and it is good that it happened.

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South African elected as vice chair for NEA

Date: 09-08-2016

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has for the first time elected a South African vice-chair for the High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR).

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NTP Group MD Tina Eboka appointed vice-chair of OECD high-level group

Date: 05-09-2016

Tina Eboka, Group MD of the NTP Group of companies, a subsidiary of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), has been appointed as vice-chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)

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South African becomes deputy head of key international nuclear group

Date: 05-08-2016

For the first time, a South African has been elected to be vice-chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR). This is despite the fact that South Africa is not a member of the OECD.

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3D imaging services and data analysis

Click here to read the Research Article on page 100-103 of the July/August 2016 of South African Journal of Science. Frikkie de Beer and Kobus Hoffman are Necsa co-authors to the paper. Their contribution was to provide the expert 3D imaging services and data analysis that allowed the diagnoses to be made by the other subject matter specialists. Congratulations to all the participants!

Necsa, unions still in wage negotiations

Date: 26-07-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and Pelindaba Workers Unions on salary increases and conditions of service.

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Action over salaries to heat up at Necsa

Date: 25-07-2016

Trade unions at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa), representing all employees from labourers to scientists, say they will strike on Tuesday over wage demands.

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Nuclear 'victims' in limbo

Date: 15-07-2016

Hundreds of workers who claim they were affected by radiation at the Pelindaba nuclear plant say the public protector’s office has left them in limbo.

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Necsa employees threaten to strike

Date: 27-06-2016

Employees at all levels of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) are poised to go on strike for the first time in decades over demands for substantial salary increases, a move that threatens the supply of medical isotopes to the world market.

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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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S Africa’s localisation target for its new nuclear programme likely to be 50%

Date: 08-06-2016

The South African government is looking at securing a local content level of 50% in the country’s proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. 

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Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix – African Union

Date: 06-06-2016

Coal will be part of Africa’s energy mix owing to its availability, cost advantage and ability to generate much-needed electricity, says African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

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Brandweer by Shalom

Date: 02-06-2016

Die Necsa Brandweer het die kinders van Shalom Speelskool by Jasmyn kom leer wat did behels om 'n brandweerman te wees en wat die belangrike diens vir die gemeenskap beten.

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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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Bids for South African nuclear plants to open 'between now and spring'

Date: 01-02-2016

Pascal Colombani said the process which was expected at the end of March or early April had been delayed by numerous events, including administration changes at the country's treasury.

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Interviews with Necsa's CEO and Chairman on CCTV: Talk Africa during Nuclear Powered Africa and Nuclear Africa 2016 Conferences.

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Nuclear 'will cost SA just $1-billion'

Date: 13-05-2016

The numbers are neither his nor those of his organisation, Phumzile Tshelane, the chief executive of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) told a meeting last week.

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Pelindaba fallout – Nuclear SOE vs Auditor General, EY; won’t sign accounts

Date: 09-05-2016

A year after South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA) refused to sign off its 2014/15 annual report prepared by the Auditor General of South Africa for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, the same issue with the Auditor General has hampered progress in respect of NECSA’s 2015/16 annual audit and financial report.

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Nuclear power could bring on a job creation sweet spot

Date: 09-05-2016

MASSIVE opportunities will become available for South African businesses as the nuclear build programme targets as much as 50% localisation.

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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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Koeberg to pursue dry-cask storage as used-fuel pools head for 2018 limit

Date: 14-04-2016

The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options.

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South Africa’s new nuclear programme to stimulate coastal industrialisation

Date: 01-04-2016

South Africa’s planned new nuclear power plant (NPP) construction programme will serve to stimulate industrial growth in the country’s coastal areas, according to South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane. In his opening address to the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference, in Centurion, west of Pretoria, he said that, in terms of the Integrated Resource Plan 2010, South Africa will acquire 9.6 GW of new nuclear power generating capacity.

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Capitalism ensures capture of state

Over the past few weeks, the terms "state capture" and corporate capture" have been buzz words in South Africa

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Kernkrag 'al Wat klimaat kan help'

Date: 18-03-2016

Die bedryf vir kernkrag moet uit sy pad gaan om die energiebron as veilig en volhoubaar te bemark

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Anti-nukes driven by interests

Date: 17-03-2016

Opposition to government's controversial nuclear build programme, reported at R1 trillion, was spurred by ulterior interests and misconceptions about the energy supply system, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said in Pretoria yesterday.

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Nuclear energy essential to fight global warming – World Nuclear Association

Date: 16-03-2016

If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 °C above preindustrial levels by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association chairperson Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the Nuclear Africa 2016 conference on Wednesday.

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All set for Nuclear Africa 2016

Date: 04-03-2016

Much more nuclear power is essential for South Africa, which is aiming for a massive increase in electricity consumption – at least 100%. In contrast, some European countries are aiming to reduce electricity consumption over the longer term.

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Necsa CEO welcomes appointment of new board members

Date: 04-03-2016

Updated 44 minutes ago South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane on Friday welcomed the appointment of new members to the organisation’s board, stating that this would strengthen the corporation’s governance process. 

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Dr Kelvin Kemm to lead new nuclear board

Date: 03-03-2016

Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm has been appointed as chairperson of the embattled South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), according to Cabinet on Thursday.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Necsa CEO congratulates and welcomes the new Necsa Board of Directors

Date: 03-03-2016

The Chief Executive Officer of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Mr Phumzile Tshelane, would like to welcome congratulate the new Necsa Board of Directors and wish them well in their new appointments.

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Pupils encouraged to study hard

Date: 03-03-2016

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson hosted a one day career expo to promote maths and science at the False Bay College in Khayelitsha.

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Nuclear energy, PetroSA storm brewing over Parliament

Date: 22-02-2015

A storm that has been brewing over the Department of Energy’s (DoE) nuclear energy programme and PetroSA's R14.5bn loss could erupt at its portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday, after Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson snubbed the session last week.

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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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Voetganger en motoris dood in ongelukke

Date: 18-02-2016

Een persoon is dood en nog vyf, onder wie 'n swanger vrou, is Saterdagaand beseer in 'n ongeluk tussen twee voertuie in De Rust naby Magaliespark.

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Toxic waste institute not yet operational

Date: 18-02-2016

The National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institude, which was launched nearly two years ago to manage radioactive waste disposal, is still without a CEO, operational staff and office equipment, it has emerged in a letter tabled in Parliament yesterday by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

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Medal for awe at stars

Date: 17-02-2016

A leading South African astronomer who hails from KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is being awarded one of the highest recognitions in his field

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Fluorochemicals can reduce negative balance of payments in the chemical industry

Date: 15-02-2016

South Africa aims to reduce the negative balance of payments in the chemical industry by funding focused Research & Development, aimed at new process and product development, some of which may lead to new industries creation.

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Ketlaphela to help HIV patients 'live on'

It has been nine years in the making from concept to inception. And President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address has ignited fresh hope that during the 2016/17 financial year, South African HIV patients will have access to cheaper quality antiretrovirals (ARVs) through the establishment of the first state-owned pharmaceutical company, Ketlaphela (I will live on).

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Nuclear energy just not natural for SA

Date: 08-02-2016

THE Cabinet has endorsed nuclear power, and now the governing party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, has stated that those who claim SA cannot afford it are "mischievous". Surely, he is missing the point? It is not only a question of whether nuclear energy is affordable, but whether it is right for our nation and planet.

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Black businesses seek greater participation in nuclear build programme

Date: 01-02-2016

THE Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa) and the Black Business Council have created a business nuclear energy desk to ensure that black businesses benefit from the government’s nuclear build programme.

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Special desk set up to help black business with future nuclear opportunities

Date: 01-02-2016

A nuclear energy business desk has been created by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Black Business Council. The establishment of the desk was announced on Monday and followed a meeting between the two organisations on Friday. The desk has been set up against the background of South Africa’s proposed programme to build new nuclear power plants.

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Africa Energy Indaba Sets The Energy Agenda For Africa’s Future

Date: 01-02-2016

The issues that are put on the agenda of Africa’s premier energy event will direct and guide Africa’s energy horizon in the decades to come. With their powerful agenda-shaping capabilities, Africa Energy Indaba’s steering committee and stakeholders set the programme and decide on the most pivotal topics to be ironed out and debated at the “Africa Energy Indaba week”.

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Government partners with black business over nuclear build

Date: 01-02-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Monday announced the creation of a business nuclear energy desk with the Black Business Council to discuss potential opportunities arising from South Africa’s nuclear new build programme.

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Associations cooperate to advance nuclear technology

Date: 01-02-2016

The French Nuclear Society (SFEN) and the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) signed a cooperation agreement recently as part of a longstanding and fruitful Franco-South African nuclear cooperation which includes the construction, between 1976 and 1984, of the Koeberg nuclear power plant, 30 km north of Cape Town.

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Necsa and Black Business Council announce a nuclear energy desk

Date: 01-02-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and the Black Business Council on Monday announced the creation of a business nuclear energy desk following a meeting held in Johannesburg on Friday.

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Going nuclear offers more than just a generation technology

Date: 27-01-2016

The 2014 World Nuclear Industry Status Report states that there are 388 reactors in operation globally, with an installed generation capacity of 332,548MWe and an average age of approximately 29 years. With this in mind, ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl caught up with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s chief executive officer, Phumzile Tshelane.

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Nuclear Cybersecurity: Why We Should Worry

Date: 25-01-2016

The Nuclear Threat Initiative’s security index rightly criticizes other countries for failing to address the threat of cyberattack against their nuclear facilities but overlooks the failings of our own country.

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Minister outlines SA’s energy mix plans

Date: 25-01-2016

Nuclear power is just one part of a much larger, integrated South African strategy focused on a mix of energy sources that seeks to improve local, regional and pan-African stability and economic growth.

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The Periodic Table and the Big Bang theory

Date: 01-12-2015

Nuclear physicists focus on the structure of the elements and their position in the Periodic Table (PT) which allows for the harnessing of the immense power that the nuclei are able to produce.

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Necsa signs training agreement with Chinese nuclear group

Date: 22-01-2016

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) signed an agreement with the State Nuclear Power Technology Company (SNPTC) of China last month that entails sending senior officials to China for training in project management for the construction of nuclear power plants.

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Gender Rethink

It has been 69 years since the world-famous Mrs Ples - the most complete skull of an Australopithecus africanus - was discovered in South Africa at 1947 by palaeontologist Robert Broom at the Sterkfontein caves at the Cradile of Humankind, in Gauteng.

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Mrs Ples possibly Mister Ples

Date: 14-01-2016

It has been 68 years since the world famous Mrs Ples was discovered in South Africa in 1947 by paleontologist Dr Robert Broom in Sterkfontein, Gauteng. Now, new research is trying to prove that Mrs Ples was actually male. Anine Vermeulen has the story.

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Phumzile Tshelane - Necsa's mover and shaker

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Women in Science: Leadership Magazine: August 2014

Female power in nuclear medicine. Leadership meets three women from global radiochemical producer, NTP, and speaks to them about the role of women in science.

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Nuclear energy enjoying a renaissance

Linnel Faull's article "SA blinded by nuclear's dying light" (August 15) is wholly based on the World Nuclear Industry's 2014 status report and is therefore focused only on one side of the debate about nuclear power.

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Using technology to save lives

Nuclear medicine at Steve Biko helps diagnose diseases early, quickly and accurately.

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Meeting Necsa's leader

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NTP does its bit for Mandela Day

This year's Mandela Day celebration was particularly symbolic as it was the first one since his passing. NTP Radioisotopes SOC at Necsa did its bit for the day by dedicating 67 minutes in service to the Re-e-Lwele and Ennis Thabong Primary Schools in the area.

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Afrox makes greener gas plant at Pelindaba

Afrox has a plant that hydrogen and oxygen of high purity grade produce at Pelindaba in Northwest opened.

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Spectacular Pelindaba Fire

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Pelindaba in Kormorant 29 July 2014

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Department of Energy Budget Speech 2014

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Minister plans to transform energy sector

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson plans speed up the empowerment of women and youth in the energy sector.

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Necsa welcome's Zuma's nuclear stance

The SA Nuclear Energy Corporation on Wednesday welcomed the revitalisation of the nuclear energy sector.

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Necsa develops low-cost pentafluoride production method

Scientists from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Necsa fluorochemical subsidiary Pelchem have developed a lower-cost method to produce high-purity phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5), which is used to manufacture lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) – the electrolyte used in most lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

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Necsa radioisotope subsidiary appoints new MD

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes has announced the appointment of Tina Eboka as MD from June 1.

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SA, Australia Mo-99 partnership moves forward

South Africa and Australia have moved to boost output of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) as construction of a large-scale radiopharmaceuticals production facility at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (Antso’s) Lucas Heights campus in Sydney gets the thumbs up.

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Koeberg marks 30 years of operations as SA mulls new nuclear chapter

South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, marks a major operations milestone today, April 4, which is the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid.

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South African launches radwaste agency

The National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI) has been formally launched by South Africa's energy minister. It will be responsible for the management and disposal of the country's radioactive waste.

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SA Nuclear Energy Corporation gets new radiation laboratory

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New nuclear training centre to boost skills

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) this week officially unveiled a new training centre that would “catapult” South Africa’s nuclear protection status to new levels, said the centre’s acting CEO Xolisa Mabhongo.

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Launch of Pelindaba Enterprizes

Pelindaba Enterprises, a division of Necsa was officially launched on Tuesday at the Nuclear Africa Conference.

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A NUCLEAR industry expert says the government and Eskom have not resolved where to get the R1-trillion needed for the nuclear build and may have to look at models using private capital.

Compounding this is doubt on whether South Africa’s construction industry is large enough to support a nuclear build programme, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa president Rob Adam told an energy conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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China wants to join SA’s nuclear build

CHINA has officially joined the growing queue of countries hoping to participate in South Africa’s nuclear build programme, holding formal talks with Energy Minister Ben Martins in Cape Town last week over a draft agreement on the construction and funding of nuclear power plants.

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Minister Ben Martins visit to Vaalputs

The honourable Minister of Energy, Minister Ben Martins, visited Vaalputs in February 2014 to acquaint himself with the activities at the facility and to assess the status of radioactive waste disposal in South Africa.  Vaalputs is the South African National Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility situated in the Bushmanland in the Northern Cape Province.

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Nuclear deal 'not done' (09 January 2014)

Mixed signals are emerging over plans to extend South Africa's nuclear capacity beyond Koeberg.

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