22 May 2022

Dr Namane Magau served on the board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) until her untimely passing on Friday 20 May 2022. Necsa is saddened and devastated at suddenly losing a person of her stature. At the time of her passing, Dr Magau was the Chairperson of the Human Resource and Ethics sub-committee of the Necsa board and a member of Necsa’s subsidiary NTP Radioisotopes’ board. She carried her responsibilities steadfastly, with vigour, fairness and integrity until the morning of her last day.

Dr Magau’s association with Necsa started with her appointment as the NTP board member and later chairperson in 2010 and 2014 respectively. She was later appointed to serve on the Necsa Group board in January 2020.

We will miss her professionalism and warm personality. She diligently ran sub-committee meetings including the morning of her death, which is a shock that her peers and executives were confronted with upon hearing of her demise. “Dr Magau left a legacy at Necsa that was cultivated over her association with the company. As Chairperson of the NTP board, she led a leadership team that saw NTP growing its revenue and counted amongst the top four global producers of nuclear medicine and achieving clean audits. Her expertise on governance and Human Resource development was a reservoir that the Necsa board relied upon. This was balanced by her forthrightness, advocacy for justice and seeking for clearly-stipulated due processes on how the board executed its responsibilities”, observed Mr David Nicholls, Necsa Board Chairperson. The board also relied on her institutional memory, in-depth knowledge and understanding of a complex and diverse entity.

Necsa has lost one of its great ambassador in Dr Magau, particularly on nuclear research and technology development and nuclear medicine, which she acquired whilst serving as the NTP board chairperson. She linked Necsa Group with entities in the private sector and also the African Union in support of Necsa Group vision to grow market and business in the continent. She worked well with the executives in discharging her duties as a board member. She dedicated her energies on women development, empowerment and took this in scrutinising gender profile particular at executive levels. Necsa will miss her incisive presentations and engagements on issues confronting working women and strategies towards mitigating such.

Dr Magau leaves a great legacy of service at a public entity such as Necsa with integrity. The Necsa board sends its sincere condolences to her family. Further, appreciates it greatly for lending a woman of fortitude to Necsa Group and the people of South Africa.

Rest in peace Dr Magau.


For further enquires contact:

Ms Nikelwa Tengimfene
General Manager: Corporate Communication & Stakeholder Relations Group South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (Necsa) Tel: +27 12 305 4454
Cell: +82 574 5495

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