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Aseptic Processing in the Manufacture of Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products

On 22 and 23 June 2017, colleagues from the Radiochemistry group of Necsa and NTP attended a course in “Aseptic Processing in the Manufacture of Biotech and Pharmaceutical Products” presented by Dale Gyure, professor extraordinaire, from the University of Stellenbosch. Aseptic processing techniques are at the heart of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and essential to make sterile products (Radiopharmaceuticals) for human use. Regular training is part of being compliant to the Medicine Control Council (MCC) regulations.  The course, presented under the auspices of the Necsa Learning Academy (NLA) and funded by Chemical Industries Education & Training (CHIETA), was very informative and re-iterated to all the importance of GMP.

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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Ten Security Learnership Candidates Complete Their Training!

Necsa provided 12 month Security Learnerships for ten candidates in 2015/2016. All candidates successfully completed the training and were awarded Completion Certificates at the NVC on 27 May 2016. Nine of these Learners are currently on contract with Necsa Security Services.

Radiation Protection Training Centre (RPTC) awards RPO 2 certificates to 15 qualified students

RPTC handed Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) certificates to 15 students who completed RPO training on 01 April 2016. Four students are from Gauteng, three from Limpopo, one from Kwazulu Natal and six from North West. Students were funded by CITA, Necsa and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.

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Congratulation to Rendani Madzhie a Masters Students in Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg

Her paper was accepted and published by ELSEVIER: Science Direct. She is co-supervised  by Dr RD Mavunda of Radiation Protection Training Centre (RPTC), Necsa.


Oxidative stress is a condition in which the balance between the production and elimination of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is disturbed. However, plants have developed a very sophisticated mechanism to mitigate the effect of ROS by constantly adjusting the concentration thereof to acceptable levels. Electromagnetic
radiation is one of the factors which results in oxidative stress. In the current study, ionizing gamma radiation generated from a Cobalt-60 source was used to induce oxidative stress in Phaseolus vulgaris seedlings. Plants were irradiated with several radiation doses, with 2 kGy found to be the optimal, non-lethal dose. Metabolite distribution patterns from irradiated and non-irradiated plants were analyzed using UHPLC-qTOF-MS and multivariate data models such as principal component
analysis (PCA) and orthogonal projection to latent structures discriminate analysis (OPLS-DA). Metabolites such as hydroxycinnamic phenolic acids, flavonoids, terpenes, and a novel chalcone were found to be perturbed in P. vulgaris seedlings treated with the aforementioned conditions. The results suggest that
there is a compensatory link between constitutive protectants and inducible responses to injury as well as defense against oxidative stress induced by ionizing radiation. The current study is also the first to illustrate the power of a metabolomics approach to decipher the effect of gamma radiation on crop plants.
© 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

30 SAPS personnel attend the RP (Radiation Protection) course

The picture above shows 30 SAPS personnel who attended the RP (Radiation Protection) course between 05 and 09 October 2015 at the RPTC (Radiation Protection Training Centre). The Centre is proud to announce issuing certificates to 30 SAPS personnel from CATS division on 09 October 2015.

The Training Centre is expanding and receive requests to train RPOs in the beverage, logging, wood, plastic, paper, nuclear safety and security, mining and non-radiation environments. With the post-graduate research in Radiation Physics taking place at The Centre, it continues improving its services.

Since the launch of the  (RPTC) by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies on 25 March 2014, The Centre has trained 18 RPMs (Radiation Protection Monitors) and several RPOs (Radiation Protection Officers) in the mining and other Industries. It is staffed by highly specialised personnel who are also engaged in cutting edge research in collaboration with tertiary institutions and international research centres such as ESRF (France) and CERN (Switzerland). The Centre also offers radiation protection training to private institutions, companies, government agencies, etc.


The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ms Thembisile Majola visited Necsa

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ms Thembisile Majola visited Necsa on Friday, 03 July 2015 and was welcomed by Necsa officials: Mr Phumzile Tshelane, Necsa CEO, Amb Mochubela Seekoe, Chairperson of the Necsa BoD, Mr Xolisa Mabhongo, Group Executive: Corporate Services.

The Deputy Minister visited the following Necsa facilities:

  • SAFARI-1 Research Reactor hosted by Mr Elliot Mulane, Manager: Communication & Media Relations
  • NTP Radioisotopes hosted by Dr Namane Magau, Chairperson: NTP Radioisotopes
  • Nuclear Skills Development Centre hosted by Ms Ntebatse Matube, Senior Manager: Necsa Learning Academy and Mr Willie Prinsloo

Necsa Skills Development (NSD) hands over tools and certificates to qualified students

On 28 April 2015  a ceremony took place at the NVC to hand over toolboxes and certificates to some of the 140 Sesto students. The percentages for  qualified students are now standing at:

  1. Section 28 apprentices are now 100% qualified
  2. Section 13 apprentices are now 80% qualified
  3. Technicians are 93% qualified
  4. Coded welders are 75% qualified

There are some apprentices who still need to do their trade tests, which will push the final percentages higher.

28 Learners receive their certificates from Necsa.

19 RPM (Radiation Protection Monitoring) and 9 Coded Welding students trained at RPTC (Radiation Protection Training Centre) and NSD (Nuclear Skills Development) respectively and received their certificates on 06 March 2015.

These students were funded by SESTO (Sector Education & Skills Training Organisation Pty Ltd) Sizimisele and The Department of Public Works from North West. They started on 10 March 2014 and completed their training in March 2015.

The Necsa Learning Academy awards students

41 Apprentices, trained at the Necsa Learning Academy, received their Trade Test certificates during a function on 06 February 2015 after being qualified as Electricians, Boilermakers or Welders. The apprentices from rural areas in North West were recruited by The Department of Public Works from North West and Sesto (Sector Education & Skills Training Organisation Pty Ltd) Sizimisele. They started on 07 January 2013  and completed their training in January 2015 (training was for 3 years).


Government committed to re-building of the tool-die-mould sector

Government is committed to building and supporting the manufacturing sector as a key driver for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty alleviation. This was said by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies at the launch of the Tooling Centre of Excellence at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in Pretoria recently. The launch was held in partnership with the Intsimbi National Tooling Initiative (NTI) and Necsa.

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Government committed to supporting manufacturing sector

Government is committed to building and supporting the manufacturing sector as a key driver for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty alleviation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

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Radiation Protection Centre (RPTC)

The Radiation Protection Centre (RPTC) is proud to have issued certificates to 32 delegates from the Hawks Division of the SAPS took a bold step when they established the RPTC.

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Radiation protection training centre opens

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation's Radiation Protection training centre has already trained 100 radiation protection officers since it started operating in March last year.

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Minister Rob Davies launches Necsa Radiation Protection Training Centre (RPTC) (25 March 2014)

The RPTC is the first of its kind radiation protection training centre in Africa and within the nuclear energy industry.

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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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