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This year Necsa's IP day was very exciting and colorful!

This year Necsa celebrated World Intelectual Property day with the theme “Digital Creativity - Culture Re-Imaged!” The MC was the vibrant Peter Greenwall and he inspired all of us to create new ideas naming examples in every day life!! Necsa's staff colourful dresses lightened up the Auditorium. Shelton (click to listen) Mothwa's interview was so inspirational - studying nuclear science can take you places... NIPMO Deputy Director, Mantwa Tshabalala, explained the role of NIPMO, the IPR act and research institutions in the greater scheme of the Innovation System.

Mr Brian Mphahlele, Executive manager: Business Development, delivered a presentation on Necsa's Business Development strategies ahead. The rocket entrepreneur, Siya  (click to listen) Xusa, provided an insert inspirational to all! Theunis Hanekom: Senior Engineer presented examples of Necsa's technologies shaping the future, focusing on digital technologies. Dr Motodi Maserumule: Divisional Executive R&D congratulated all the authors of Research Publications for the 2015-16 financial year. In closure we all sang the National Anthem (click to listen) with Necsa musicians playing along after which everyone was treated to delicious traditional refreshments, presented with a twist!

The OTT team wish to thank each and every one for participating and/or attending on the day.

Minister Naledi Pandor hands over award and congratulates Tandokazi Nquma - Necsa!

This award recognises individuals who are newcomers (less than 5 years in the profession), who have, within their own organisations and National System of Innovation made a significant impact on the innovation process and who have contributed, through effectiveness and dedication to Technology Transfer and Innovation, which is one of Necsa’s critical success factors/Business Values.

The DST/Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Excellence in Research and Innovation Management Awards were held at Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg on the 13th May 2015.

Africa needs to invest more resources in universities as a commitment to genuinely contribute to economic development and poverty and disease alleviation on the continent, said the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor. These Awards celebrate excellence in research and innovation in Southern Africa.

The Minister said that, over the past few years, there had been a notable increase in the demand for higher education in Africa, overstretching institutions beyond capacity. The majority of mobile students come from less developed countries to developed countries, while mobility within the Commonwealth countries is influenced by cost factors, increased competition in the market and skills shortages.

She said while South Africa had benefited from this increased mobility, the country had not managed to expand the number of researchers, warning that the country was edging towards a demographic cliff ,as half of the country's professors were due to retire in the next decade. "This is worrying because of their research output. Back in 1994, the over-50-year-old researchers only produced one in 10 credited publications. Now these over-50-year-olds produce five in ten of our scientific papers," said Minister Pandor.

Minister Pandor encouraged students from around the world to study in South Africa, and reiterated government's intention to step up efforts to attract postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists to the country.

Necsa expands range of radiopharmaceuticals to fight cancer

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, better known as Necsa, is working on two new products to treat cancer. Keith Campbell reports.

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We report on a new waste disposal system developed by Necsa

Necsa’s exhibition at Innovation Bridge 2015

Necsa participated at the Innovation Bridge Technology Showcase and Matchmaking event that was held on the 2nd and 3rd February 2015 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The event was an initiative from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa with the intention to provide national and international technology-based companies, technology development partners, entrepreneurs, investors and financiers with first-hand insights and access to the country’s latest premier publicly funded technology research and developments.

Necsa participated as an innovator through an exhibition of 5 technologies, namely 195mPt-Cisplatin, Phosphorus Pentafluoride (PF5), GluCABTM, Surface Fluorination (Pelchem) and Plasma Waste Processing Technology.

Necsa attracted potential Innovation Funding (FNB bank, IDC, TIA, DST), technology development partners (Pfizer, Eskom, Tiger Brands, Engen), media coverage(Engineering News, SABC) and a visit by the Minister of Science and Technology Ms Naledi Pandor with the DG Dr Phil Mjwara.

Necsa develops new process to produce a key modern industrial gas

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is expanding its technology portfolio of speciality gases. (Necsa subsidiary Pelchem has long been renowned for its production of fluorochemicals, including gases and acids.) Not only is the group adding production capabilities for a new product but, perhaps even more importantly, it has developed a new way to produce it, which also increases the purity of the product, while reducing costs.

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