Necsa in the news

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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No threat from Necsa (3 December 2013)

A leak at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) at Pelindaba last month caused no threat but resulted in a global shortage of isotopes.

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Pelindaba radiation scare uncalled-for

Nuclear radiation is mysterious and by far the majority of people have no idea what it is.

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NTP receives The Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence

Last night at Theatre on the Track in Kyalami, the Chairman of the TT100 panel of Adjudicators, Prof Roy Marcus, hosted the prestigious 2013 Technology Top 100 Awards ceremony. At the ceremony attended by the Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, NTP proudly received two awards, which are, Award for Excellence in the Management Systems and Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence in the large enterprises category.

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Incidents stretch isotope supply chain

Production was suspended at South Africa's Safari 1 after a release of iodine and noble gas during cleaning processes on 2 November. The release, caused in a "very rare combination of circumstances" by a chemical reaction between cleaning materials used in preparation for a new production run was "momentary and minimal," according to an update issued on 11 November by South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes.

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SA government wants country to be global nuclear competitor

South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the world," he said, pointing out that previously the country had only had a small number of nuclear specialists.

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NECSA, United Company NIAEP-ASE and NUKEM Technologies GmbH have signed the Memorandum of Understanding

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA), United Company NIAEP- ASE and NUKEM Technologies GmbH (Germany, 100% subsidiary of “Atomstroyexport”) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding during the ROSATOM organized Nuclear Industry Suppliers Forum “ATOMEX Africa” held on November 25, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Uranium seized in SA, likely from abroad

A kilogramme of uranium seized in South Africa as it was allegedly being sold, likely originated from a nuclear enrichment plant outside Africa, the country's nuclear energy said on Monday.

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SA nuclear leak leads to shortage of isotopes

A leak at a South African Nuclear Energy Corporation plant this month has caused a global shortage of isotopes used in millions of medical procedures every year, including treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

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Incidents stretch isotope supply chain

Seperate incidents at research reactors supplying molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) have once again illustrated the fragile nature of the medical isotope's supply chain. Meanwhile a unique new facility has started production of lead-212.

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Yellow cake not as scary as those dealing with it

This is what we know: two foreign nationals were arrested in Durban with narcotis and 1kg of suspected uranium.

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SA Energy Minister tours Russia nuclear facilities

South African Energy Minister Ben Martins and an accompanying delegation visited subsidiaries and facilities of nuclear group Rosatom from November 13 to November 15, the Russian State-owned company announced on Monday.

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Accident at nuclear plant: 'Negligence was cause'

Negligence was the cause of an accident at the nuclear enrichment plant at Pelindaba, it was revealed yesterday.

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Is nuclear now a necessity?

What do you think when you hear the words 'nuclear', 'radiation' or 'contamination'? Many people are worried or even scared and perhaps rightly so, but Dr Kelvin Kemm, one of South Africa's foremost nuclear experts and advisor to Necsa management says that nuclear power is safe and should be considered the future of power generation in Africa.

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SA plant leak causes global shortage affecting nuclear medicine procedures

A leak at a South African Nuclear Energy Corporation plant this month has caused a global shortfall in the supply of isotopes used in millions of medical procedures every year, including treatment and diagnosis of cancer.

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Cause of Necsa incident ascertained

BRITS - The causes of the release of noble gas and Iodine from the Medical Production facility P1701, Pelindaba on 2 November, have been ascertained and the necessary measures are being implemented to prevent a recurrence.

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Concern over NECSA accident continues (14 - 20 November 2013)

The cause of the release of noble gas and iodine from the Medical Production facility at Pelindaba on Saturday 2 November, have been ascertained and the necessary measures are beign implemented to prevent a recurrence, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said this week.

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Accident at nuclear plant (10 November 2013)

The treatment and effective diagnosis of thousands of cancer patients is being hampered by an accident at the nuclear enrichment plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, where radio-active gas has leaked into the atmosphere.

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Ongeluk by kern-annleg (10 November 2013)

Die behandeling en effektiewe diagnose van duisende kankerpasiënte word gekortwiek deur ’n ongeluk by die kernverrykingsaanleg by Pelindaba, wes van Pretoria, waar radioaktiewe gas in die atmosfeer gelek het.

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Gas leak at NECSA under control

A noble gas and iodine release experienced at the SA Nuclear Energy  Corporation's (NECSA) Pelindaba facility on Saturday posed no danger to members of the public and the fact that no personnel received increased doses due to this event and that the releases were contained to be within allowable limits was marked as testimony of the effectiveness of Necsa’s safety culture

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Premier Thandi Modise on noble gas and iodine release at NECSA near Pelindaba

Premier Modise welcomes that nuclear release posed no danger to public 04 Nov 2013.

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Gas release at Pelindaba, no danger posed to public (03 November 2013)

A noble gas and iodine release occurred on Saturday at the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa) Pelindaba facility west of Pretoria, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) said.

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Westinghouse signs agreement in South Africa

Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement with an engineering firm that could help pave the way for an AP1000 reactor to be built in South Africa.

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Sufficient uranium reserves in Africa to support nuclear programme

Government insists that a decision on the extent of implementation of a nuclear power programme will be made before the end of the current financial year, which runs until March 31, 2014. The Department of Energy (DoE) will, therefore, undertake study tours to several key nuclear-energy jurisdictions, including China, France, Korea and the US, to determine South Africa’s approach should nuclear be confirmed as part of the country’s future energy mix.

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SA needs skilled nuclear scientists

The country has the capacity to enrich uranium but not enough trained personnel to do it.

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SA researchers find first evidence of comet hitting Earth

A team of South African geoscientists, physicists and astronomers has discovered the first evidence of a comet hitting Earth.

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DA: Statement by Junita Kloppers-Lourens, DA Shadow Minister of Science and Technology, insufficient research for energy security (11/10/2013)

The CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, admitted in Parliament yesterday that not enough energy-related research is being conducted by the NRF.

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CT News Issue 5

Stephan le Roux, NRF intern at the Stellenbosch CT scanner facility, won the regional prize at the South African Spectroscopic Society (SASS) conference. Here he receives his certificate from Dr Johann Fischer, representing SASS.

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SA’s nuclear programme can be realised (04 October 2013)

There is no shortage of the underlying capability needed to realise the nuclear programme and associated infrastructure, provided it is planned and programmed properly, states consulting and engineering firm Gibbs’ power and energy GM, Paul Fitzsimons, adding that there are no funda-mental red flags that will inhibit the roll-out of the programme.

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Nuclear exercise handled well – NNR manager (04 October 2013)

The planned nuclear emergency exercise, held by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, was deemed successful.

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Energy Stakeholders Meeting Debates Nuclear Energy (23 September 2013)

Last week the Portfolio Committee on Energy held a stakeholders meeting and debated nuclear energy as an option for sustainable supply of energy. Participants were from both nuclear and renewable energy sectors including academics, non-government organisations, labour unions, state-owned companies and government departments as well as MP's.

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Necsa support Meerhof School (19 September 2013)

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Disinformation behind inordinate fear of nuclear radiation (16 September 2013)

There is an inordinate public fear of the term ‘nuclear radiation’. This is understandable, owing to all the disinformation about nuclear issues that has been spread around.

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US nuclear group sees SA unit as key to fulfilling major local contracts (13 September 2013)

Westinghouse South Africa, a unit of US nuclear group Westinghouse Electric, will play a central role in the American group’s localisation operations should South Africa chose its AP1000 design for its future new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme. (At the moment, the country plans to generate 9.6 GW of electricity from nuclear power by 2030, which would require the construction of nine AP1000s.)

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Nuclear emergency exercise (12 September 2013)

The National Nuclear Rgulator of South Africa conducted its annual nuclear regulatory emergency exercise at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) yesterday and in the rest of Hartbeespoort.

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'Kernramp' by Pelindaba gou getem

'n Werknemer van die Pelindaba-kernaanleg word by 'n tydelike massa-sorgsentrum in Brits deur lede van die Madibeng-brandweer in 'n ontsmettingstort met water afgespuit

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Nuclear exercise provisionally rated a success

The preliminary evaluation by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) of the planned nuclear emergency exercise held on Wednesday at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, is favourable. However, there still has to be an in-depth analysis of the exercise.

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Necsa's emergency exercise in Kormarant (11 September 2013)

Notice is hereby given in terms of the National Nuclear Regulatory Act 47 of 1999 that Madibeng Local Municipality in conjuction with other key stake-holders, NECSA, City of Tshwane and Bojanala Platinum district Municipality will conduct an emergency exercise on Wednesday 11 Septermber 2013.

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Necsa seeks to strengthen local industry, both nuclear and non-nuclear (6 September 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is seeking to strengthen South Africa's skills base and help develp a local nuclear manufacturing capability.

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Concerns over waste smelter plant (5 September 2013)

Residents of Hartbeespoort and the Brits areas have raised their concerns regarding the National Nuclear Regulator's decision to license the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation(Necsa)'s radioactive metal waste smelter plants at Pelindaba.

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DCD seeks confirmation of local-content threshold for nuclear programme (23 August 2013)

Global manufacturing and engineering company DCD has urged the South African government to formally announce a local-content threshold for its proposed new nuclear power generation plants.

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SA nuclear agency developing new research reactor programme (23 August 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) will extend the life of its current nuclear research reactor, Safari-1, for at least ten years. Thereafter, it will be replaced by a new reactor. The corporation hopes that the new reactor will be built and commissioned by 2020. Safari-1 is used for research and development and the provision of various commercial services – mainly the production of radioisotopes for Necsa subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes.

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Necsa to make a call on uranium enrichment (21 August 2013)

THE proposed expansion of South Africa’s nuclear power generating capability to seven plants, as proposed in the Integrated Resource Plan, will be pivotal to a decision on whether uranium enrichment is resumed at the Pelindaba nuclear research centre.

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Necsa cancels retrenchments in light of turnaround (15 August 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) has achieved a turnaround of more than R100-million in just one financial year, from a deficit of R75-million at the start of the 2012/13 financial year to a surplus of R29-million at the end of the period.

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Nuclear power 'a necessity' (15 August 2013)

POLITICAL leaders and government officials attending the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa Convention in Port Elizabeth yesterday recommitted the government to the development of nuclear energy in the province.

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SA destined to go nuclear (14 August 2013)

South Africa is destined to get more nuclear power stations as means of electricity generation as part of the Integrated Resources Plan.

It is envisaged that 9 600 megawatt of electricity will be generated in this manner by 2030 but nuclear power stations are not universally welcomed, especially after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

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Minister supports Science Week (8 - 14 August 2013)

The Minister of Energy, Dikobe Ben Martins, as part of his involvement in the National Science Week (NSW) activities visited the Necsa Visitor Centre
(NVC) where he engaged with over 500 learners in a debate on the Pros and Cons of nuclear technology.

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Nuclear benefits reach beyond energy – Necsa’s Myoli

Nuclear technology had the potential to boost South Africa’s economy beyond the energy industry, said South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Nurad division acting group executive Ayanda Myoli.

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South African Nuclear Energy Corporation: Planning tomorrow’s energy programme (25 July 2013)

It is widely acknowledged that South Africa has got to come up with some creative and effective solutions to its existing energy crisis. Rising costs and demands are putting an enormous strain on the corporate world and population alike. The nuclear power option remains for some a controversial subject, however the Government has pushed ahead, with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), playing a prominent role in helping to solve the country’s energy needs.

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Twee dood en sesjarige dogtertjie ernstig beseer

'n Sesjarige dogtertjie is ernstig beseer en deur die ER24 noodhelikopter na die hospitaal vervoer. Drie ander beseerdes is deur Nesca Nooddiens hospitaal toe geneem.

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Necsa’s Msebenzi seconded to Niasa as MD (12 June 2013)

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) Knox Msebenzi has been seconded to sister organisation, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa), as MD.

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A Hard Month's Work in Manila

The IAEA helps its Member States find long-term solutions for the safe and secure storage of disused sealed radioactive sources. Security managers keep a watchful eye on spent radioactive sources. These disused sources, which served myriad purposes in medicine, industry and research, present a potential security threat; they could be obtained by terrorists to construct a dirty bomb.

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Necsa launches disability programme (31 May 2013)

The launch of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Limited Group (Necsa, Pelchem & NTP) Disability Programme took place at the Necsa Visitor Centre recently.

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SA’s nuclear power build programme will it happen? (27 May 2013)

The South African government, at a nuclear conference held in Midrand in March 2013, strongly affirmed its support of the country’s planned nuclear programme for a fleet of power stations to provide 9.6 GW as per the national integrated resource plan (IRP).

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South Africa Prepares For Final Investment Decision On New Nuclear (14 May 2013)


Plans & Construction

14 May (NucNet): South Africa will continue preparing for the roll-out of a nuclear energy programme, including reaching a final investment decision on procurement for the plants, the energy ministry has said.


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Partners Called for Government ARV Manufacturing Project (22 May 2013)

Cabinet has approved the call for technology and investment partners for the Ketlaphela project which is a new government controlled pharmaceutical company that will focus on the local manufacture of anti-retrovirals (ARVs).

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NECSA chooses finalists for National Artisan Skills Competition (21 May 2013)

The judges have decided on the top three, out of the 27 finalists who made it to the finals of the inaugural National Artisan Skills Competition, that was held at Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) in Phelindaba, Pretoria, from May 14 to 16 2013.

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Moscow willing to finance SA nuclear plants if Russian bid prevails (26 April 2013)

During bilateral talks held at the same time as the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (better known as Brics) summit held in Durban on March 26/27, Moscow willing to finance SA nuclear plants if Russian bid prevails.

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Nuclear investment decision to be made this year, says Gigaba (16 April 2013)

National nuclear energy executive co-ordinating committee due to decide this year on South Africa’s future investment

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SA looks nearly set to start new nuclear power station build programme (05 April 2013)

The South African government has signalled that it is set on pursuing its plan, contained in the Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030, to construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs) and increase the country’s amount of nuclear-generated electricity to 9.6 GW by 2030. This is in part to help meet South Africa’s growing electricity needs and in part to reduce the country’s high greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Necsa holiday programme (04 - 10 April 2013)

Necsa invites members of the public to bring their children to visit the Visitor Centre and explore the interactive centre.

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Necsa head sees new nuclear build benefits for SA (18 March 2013)

The effective implementation of the county's proposed new nuclear power station construction programme would deliver a number of significant benefits to the country, argued South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa) CEO Mr GP Tshelane on Monday. He was addressing the Nuclear Africa 2013 conference in Midrand.

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Keynote Address by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe at Nuclear Africa 2013 Conference, Midrand, Gauteng Province (18 March 2013)

Programme Director, Mr Ayanda Myoli;
Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters;
CEO of the South Africa Neclear Energy Co-operation (Necsa),   Mr Phumzile Tshelane;
President of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa, Dr Rob Adam;
Acting CEO of the National Nuclear Regulator, Mr Thabo Tselane;

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Nuclear localisation memorandum between US and SA nuclear companies (12 March 2013)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between US nuclear company Westinghouse Electric and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), the American enterprise reported on Tuesday. The MoU covers the investigation of, and cooperation in, the development of nuclear-fuel-assembly component fabrication capabilities in South Africa.

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Notification to interested and affected parties in respect of the application for atmospheric emissions license by Pelchem at Pelindaba.

Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 44 (b) and Section 47 of the National Environmental Management.

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Nuclear infrastructure review at Necsa (21 - 27 February 2013)

IAEA conducts an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) of South Africa

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Do we really need a nuclear smelter? (25 February 2013)

Since its birth, the nuclear industry has been beset by a number of intractable problems, among them its propensity to produce an ever-growing mountain of radioactive waste that nobody really knows what to do with for the very long periods of time that it will remain dangerous.

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SA to reach nuclear 'point of no return' by June

South Africa is likely to reach a “point of no return” with regard to a proposed new nuclear energy build programme by June this year, Department of Energy (DoE) director-generalNelisiwe Magubane revealed on Friday.

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Nuclear body defends role of technology in SA’s energy future (17 January 2013)

In response to a call made by Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) chairperson Mike Rossouw for a review of South Africa’s nuclear programme, owing to the EIUG’s affordability concerns, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has described nuclear energy as a competitive solution when compared with other baseload generation options.

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Melodie home destroyed by fire (17-23 January 2013)

Steve and Snowy du Preez of Bubhezi Village in Hartbeespoort stood helplessly and watched as their home was destroyed by a fire that broke out on Tuesday morning.

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South Africa: Perennial Protests, Industrial Action And The Risk To The Security Of Energy Supply (14 January 2012)

As the country continues to count the costs of widespread industrial action including the loss of lives of mine workers and members of the security police, the long term socio-economic effects are incalculable.

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Molybdenum-99 market supply and demand (01 January 2013)

Reliability of supply of medical isotopes has declined over the past decade due to unexpected or extended shutdowns at the few ageing Mo-99-producing research reactor and processing facilities. These shutdowns have created global supply shortages. Here, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) updates its 2011 report on the subject to reflect recent market changes, based on information from its High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-R) and other key stakeholders.

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The nuclear new build

Cabinet has appointed an inter-ministerial committee, the NNEECC that is chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Mothlanthe, to strategically guide the planning and execution of this complex process.

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Necsa employees march against abuse (06 - 12 December 2012)

Employees of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries participated in a fun walk recently.

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Congratulations Prof Mike Sathekge on receiving another accolade

At the very well attended and auspicious annual Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health Science of the University of Pretoria, held at the SAX Arena in Irene on Saturday 17 November, Prof Mike Sathekge received the premier award - the Best Overall Clinical Publication of the Year 2011. Announcement of the award was greeted with great applause from the large audience of eminent academics and clearly showed the popularity and esteem with which Mike is held amongst his peers. The award-winning paper, “Use of 18F-FDG PET to Predict Response to First-Line Tuberculostatics in HIV-Associated Tuberculosis”, was published in the June 2011 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the world’s foremost medical imaging publication and was chosen by the editors of that journal as the subject of a special press release.

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NTP Radioisotopes, a nuclear medicine powerehouse!

The rolling scrublands of the northwest aren't the likeliest-looking hub for world domination, but it's here, tucked away on the slopes west of Pretoria at the Pelindaba nuclear facility that an offshoot of South Africa's nuclear programme - NTP Radioisotopes - has evolved into a seriously important global player in the radioactive business.

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