Commemorative medallion to mark SAFARI-1 anniversary
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the SAFARI-1 nuclear reactor, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has produced a commemorative medallion.
Looking back and forward, as SA's SAFARI-1 reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary
The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country’s – and Africa’s – first nuclear reactor. It first ‘went critical’ (achieved critical mass, and so started operating) on March 18, 1965 – at 18:33 (or 6:33 pm) to be precise. Originally, SAFARI was an acronym for South African Fundamental Atomic Research Installation, but that full name has not been used for decades now.
Statement at Event Marking 50th Anniversary of SAFARI-1 Research Reactor
Mr President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me begin by congratulating South Africa on the 50th anniversary of the SAFARI-1 Research Reactor. The SAFARI-1 reactor is the leading producer on the African continent of medical isotopes, which are vital for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is also one of the four largest producers in the world of one key isotope – molybdenum-99.