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Necsa supported the Cell C take a girl child to work project

The girls learnt a lot about Nuclear, Science etc. and were introduced to Necsa staff explaining how they made a career in the Nuclear Industry. Thanks to all involved.

World Intellectual Property Day

On 10 May Necsa celebrated World Intellectual Property Day hosted by the Business Development Department. Ms Redi Tlhabi from Radio 702 acted as Programme Director and repeatedly mentioned how fascinating Necsa is! Ms Jetane Weyers explained the functioning of the National Intellectual Property Management Office and recounted some examples of very successful products available in the market due to NIPMO’s efforts. Ms Tando Nquma-Moyo:  explained how Benefit Sharing and the Seed Fund Programme is dealt with at Necsa and Mr Brian Mphahlele congratulated the Benefit Sharing and Seed Fund recipients.

NTP's new video showed how nuclear medicine really is in your world! A presentation by Pelchem gave an in-depth understanding of all the products and markets they serve. Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart’s presentation, showed examples of how incredible nuclear medicine is saving lives. Theunis Hanekom expanded on the ways that innovation is serving the world in various industries. Congratulations to Veronica Wentzel for your innovative atomic creation!
On 10 May Necsa celebrated World Intellectual Property Day hosted by the Business Development Department. Ms Redi Tlhabi from Radio 702 acted as Programme Director and repeatedly mentioned how fascinating Necsa is! Ms Jetane Weyers explained the functioning of the National Intellectual Property Management Office and recounted some examples of very successful products available in the market due to NIPMO’s efforts. Ms Tando Nquma-Moyo:  explained how Benefit Sharing and the Seed Fund Programme is dealt with at Necsa and Mr Brian Mphahlele congratulated the Benefit Sharing and Seed Fund recipients.

NTP's new video showed how nuclear medicine really is in your world! A presentation by Pelchem gave an in-depth understanding of all the products and markets they serve. Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart’s presentation, showed examples of how incredible nuclear medicine is saving lives. Theunis Hanekom expanded on the ways that innovation is serving the world in various industries. Congratulations to Veronica Wentzel for your innovative atomic creation!

SAYNPS at the inaugural African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) Summit 2017

The South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) participated in the inaugural African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) Summit 2017 from the 26– 31 March 2017 held at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the Summit was “Nuclear for Sustainable Future”. The Summit brought together over 250 young professionals from 20 countries across the African continent and the Global Nuclear Community; to share experiences, to learn from one another and to debate the future development of nuclear technology applications and benefits for a sustainable future. The structure of the Summit was around plenary and technical sessions, facilitated workshops and presentations to allow all participants to enter into practical discussions.

The summit saw participation from the global community with key dignitaries drawn from the following organisational and institutions: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Nuclear Association (WNA), World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), European Union – CBRN P-60 Project (Kazakhstan), World Centre for Agroforestry (ICRAF), Canadian Nuclear Society, Institute for Nuclear Business Excellence (INBEx – Sweden), International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), State Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation (China), Energy Nuclear Utility (USA), Nuclear Power Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (USA), Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia), Russia State Corporation in Nuclear Energy, Belgium Nuclear Research Centre(SCK-CEN Academy), Equipos Nucleares Sociedad Anonima (ENSA – Spain), Department of Energy (DoE SA), South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa SA), Eskom (SA), National Nuclear Regulator (NNR SA), NTP Radioisotopes (SA), Labour Movement of South Africa National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM YS), Centre for Nuclear Energy Studies, University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Ministry of Energy (Uganda),  Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board under the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (Kenya), National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (Kenya), Radiation Protection Board (Kenya), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS),  and many other professional bodies from the African region including the Eastern Africa Association for Radiation Protection and the local universities in Kenya.

The African Young Generation Network (AYGN) was officially launched by the Kenyan Ministry of Education and Kenyan Nuclear Electricity Board Nairobi Kenya during the Summit. The AYGN will thus ensure that the African youth organise themselves, form their respective country’s young generation networks and actively participate in the IYNC and other global activities. The AYGN official committee was also elected. The committee is as follows:

Executive Committee

President: Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere (South Africa) - Necsa
Vice President: Ms Achieng Everlyne Onyango (Kenya)
Secretary General: Mr Raphael Chesori (Kenya)
Deputy SG: Mr Jeremiah Mbazor (Nigeria)
Treasurer General: Mr Mbuyiseni Nkosi (South Africa)
Liaison Officer: Ms Philisile Munetsi (South Africa)

Regional Representatives

North Africa: Ms Aya Hamdy (Egypt)
West Africa: Dr David Azanu (Ghana)
East Africa: Mr Brian Kakembo (Uganda)
Southern Africa: Mr Wonderboy Gubela (South Africa)
Central Africa: TBC

The next Summit, to be held in 2019 South Africa is now eagerly awaited.

3D Imaging in a South African context - an AESOP workshop

Necsa is an associate partner to the Erasmus Mundus program and key role player in this event due to the functionality, high throughput as well as the excellent service by instrument scientists at the Micro-focus X-ray Tomography facility. Several of the post graduate student presentations at the workshop are from research being conducted at Necsa over the past 2 years utilizing the MIXRAD facility – several articles are in the pipeline.

For more information click here.

20th anniversary of Power & Electricity World Africa

Over the course of the past year, my team and I have travelled the African continent extensively, meeting with utility and IPP executives as well as senior government officials and Ministers.

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Tracker's Tomorrow's Man Programme

Necsa participated in Tracker's Tomorrow's Man Programme (formerly known as Men in the Making), by hosting 15 boy learners from Bokgoni and Edward Phatudi Secondary Schools in Atteridgville on 30 March 2017. The learners were welcomed with presentations and careers guidance to assist them to understand different careers available.

Thank you to Gilbert Lekwe, Mabuti Radebe, Jabulani Gama and Vusi Shongwe for making this day such a success.

Necsa's stand receives a visit from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Necsa received an invitation from the Office of the Deputy President to participate during the youth Development and Career expo held at Nkowakowa stadium in Tzaneen on 19 November 2016. More than 3000 learners and unemployed youth attended the event and, we had the honour of hosting Deputy President Cyril Ramaposa at the Necsa exhibition.

 

The Steve Tshwete High School and Die Hoerskool Wagpos vists Necsa

On 25th October 2016, 45 learners from Die Hoerskool Wagpos and 66 learners from Steve Tshwete High School visited the Necsa’s Visitors Centre. The day’s activities included a presentation, walk-through and a fun science show. The learners left with a better understanding of nuclear energy and what is accomplished here at Necsa.

Wits Nuclear Science and Engineering students visit Necsa

Thursday, 13 October 2016, Wits Nuclear Science and Engineering students took a break from the "fees must fall" campaign to learn more about nuclear and its applications. They met with Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart who delivered a presentation, after which they toured the SAFARI-1 Research Reactor.

NUM and COSATU Delegations on a Nuclear Industry Tour

On Monday, 11 July 2016, NUM and COSATU delegations visited Necsa. The aim of the visit was to get knowledge and understanding of the nuclear industry with factual information  and its contributions to socioeconomic benefits of this country.  The benefits of nuclear technology applications and safety aspects. Chairperson of the Necsa Board, Dr Kelvin Kemm addressed the delegation at the Visitor Centre explaining the significance of nuclear energy.

They also visited other nuclear institutions like iThemba Labs, Koeberg, Steve Biko Academy and Vaalputs.

KPMG Auditors visited Necsa

On 24 November 2016, KPMG Auditors visited Necsa’s facilities to understand what Necsa is about and learn more about the nuclear business. KPMG has recently been appointed as new auditing company for Necsa. The activities for the day included a presentation by Mr Zakes Myeza and a site tour to SAFARI-1, NTP, Pelchem and Necsa Learning Academy.

Mphaphuli Family Club (MFC)

On Saturday, 30 July 2106, 23 Mphaphuli Family Club (MFC) members visited the Necsa Visitor Centre, all the way from Limpopo. Some of activities included a presentation on nuclear and a walk-through of the centre. They went back to Limpopo 'nuclearized!'

Busy Week at the Visitor Centre!

The Visitor Centre was buzzing with learners from Dzata Secondary School in Venda, Amity International School Mauritius and Summerhill International College in Midrand last week. Some of the activities offered included presentations, a walk-through and exciting Science shows. The learners left the centre with a better understanding of Nuclear Energy and what is accomplished at Necsa.

Necsa Visited by the Free State MEC of Education

The MEC of Education in Free State Mr Pule Makgoe and his delegation visited Necsa on Tuesday, 05 July 2016. They engaged with the CEO, Mr Phumzile Tshelane and chairperson of the board, Dr Kelvin Kemm. The aim of the visit was to familiarise himself with the capabilities of Necsa, particularly in relation to Skills Development.

The meeting concluded with visits to the SAFARI-1, Pelindaba Enterprises, Radiation Protection Centre and Necsa Learning Academy.

Take a Girl Child to Work

Necsa together with it's subsidary, NTP supported the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day held, 26 May 2016. Thirty seven young girls benefited from the opportunity to visit Necsa and spent a day with scientist and technicians. The girls were given first-hand experience of the vast number of careers available in the nuclear field. 

Thank you to all the mentors for the incredible support and for your continued enthusiasm to make this a meaningful movement.

"Men in the Making"

Necsa, together with the National Research Foundation (NRF), participated in the ‘Men in the Making’ Programme on 17 March 2016. About 50 learners from 3 different schools in Soshanguve and Lethlabile were hosted as part of this Tracker initiative. The aim of the programme is to help raise responsible young men as well as restoring the confidence of boys in South Africa by developing their understanding of the corporate world. Career advice, mentorship, guidance and support were the key topics of the day. The boys enjoyed different presentations and were thrilled to be introduced to career opportunities they did not even know existed.

We would like to thank all the mentors who made the effort to spend invaluable time with the boys and who will be remembered as role models.

Spring Holiday Workshop

Learners had a lot of fun during the NVC’s Spring Holiday Workshop by experimenting using kitchen household products like baking soda, cooking oil, vinegar, and food colouring to create their own "Lava Lamp’’! Vinegar, bicarbonate of soda was used to “Inflate a balloon’’.

Doves set free during the 50th celebration at the Necsa Visitor Centre

Sasol Solar Challenge

The Sasol Solar Challenge is an event that brings Engineering to the test.

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Wear a Doek Friday

Necsa/Pelchem Women's Day a Success

Sometimes, we take equality, freedom and the opportunity to receive an education or a job for granted. By celebrating Women’s Day and Women’s Month, you can recognise women who fought for those rights, as well as raise awareness and make these privileges possible for millions of women worldwide.

Necsa and Pelchem celebrated Women’s Day on 15 August 2014. Women were honored to be addressed by Ma Sophia Theresa Williams-De Bruyn. She is the only surviving member of the group who led the march to the Union Building in 1956. Necsa CEO, Mr Phumzile Tshelane, Chairperson of the Necsa Board, Ambassador Seekoe and NTP Managing Director, Mrs Tina Eboka shared a stage with Ma De Bruyn. The audience also enjoyed the musical performance by Idols Season 10 Winner, Musa Sukwene. Women wearing the best "doek" on each table received a lovely table bouquet.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights" Gloria Steinem

Dr Justin Adams presenting at the NVC