http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.83Change: -0.12
R/$ = 11.04Change: -0.17
Au 1172.85 $/ozChange: 3.68
Pt 1231.00 $/ozChange: -0.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 31, 2012

Union says 250 Necsa workers face retrenchment

Back
Expertise|Africa|Nuclear|Nuclear Energy Corporation|PROJECT|Africa|Australia|Canada|China|South Africa|United States|Energy|Energy Plans|Energy Programme|Nuclear|Power Generation|Power-generation|Power|Schalk De Bruin|Required Technologies
Expertise|Africa|Nuclear|PROJECT|Africa||Energy|Nuclear|Power Generation|Power-generation|Power||
expertise|africa-company|nuclear-company|nuclear-energy-corporation|project|africa|australia-country|canada|china|south-africa|united-states|energy|energy-plans|energy-programme|nuclear-industry-term|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|power|schalk-de-bruin|required-technologies
© Reuse this



The Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) was preparing to retrench about 250 of its employees, trade union Solidarity said on Thursday.

Necsa spokesperson Elliot Mulane confirmed that the nuclear body was currently in a 189 consultation process with the unions to “explore all viable alternatives to retrenchment".

Necsa on Friday said that it was undertaking a review and realignment of the business structure to ensure cost reduction, rationalisation of the organisation and operational efficiency of the group while fulfilling its mandate within its allocated budget.

In March, Necsa chairperson Sisa Njikelana stated that continued reduction of grant allocations and insufficient funding for the nuclear body heightened the risk of failure in meeting its mandate.

Solidarity spokesperson Schalk de Bruin believed the retrenchments could have adverse effects on this country’s nuclear energy programme.

He believed that South Africa had the necessary expertise and skills to move a nuclear programme forward, but warned that the continued retrenchments of the country’s nuclear scientists, citing the failed Pebble Bed Modular Reactor project, were driving nuclear skills to China, the US, Australia and Canada, and casting uncertainty on the future of the country’s nuclear energy plans.

The employees targeted for retrenchment at Necsa included highly skilled nuclear scientists and experts, in addition to standard workers, De Bruin explained.

In the long term, South Africa could end up importing - at a higher cost - the required technologies and skills for the nuclear build.

“Necsa should rather expand its capacity in view of the country’s nuclear energy programme in terms of which at least six nuclear power stations will be built by 2030 at a cost of between R400-billion and R1-trillion,” he added.

South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan called for a power generation mix of 42 600 MW of new capacity by 2030 to meet anticipated demand, of which nuclear energy would contribute at least 9.6 GW between 2023 and 2030.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Electricity News
Rosatom VP: sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov
Russian nuclear energy group Rosatom confirmed on Friday that it had canvassed funding options with South African government officials during a recent “nuclear vendor parade workshop” held in the Drakensberg on October 23. The company said the options discussed were...
Energy utility Eskom and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering an active partnership to ensure a cooperative and collaborative working relationship. The MoU, which was signed by Salga...
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
More
 
 
Latest News
The retail price of 95-grade petrol in South Africa will drop by 45 cents or 3.3 percent a liter from next Wednesday, while wholesale diesel will decrease by 4.9 percent, the government said on Friday. Petrol will cost 13.16 rand ($1.20) a liter while the wholesale...
Special purpose vehicle GreenCape will, by the end of 2014, make an application to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape Town to declare Atlantis, on the Western seaboard, a special economic zone...
The German government has committed a further R70-million towards the second phase of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) programme. The NMT programme forms part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2010 FIFA World Cup National Greening Legacy Programme.
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
In the next 20 years, it was expected that, in Africa, more people would live in cities and towns than in rural areas, United Nations Habitat executive director Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said at the Human Settlements Indaba that took place earlier this month in...
Tough-talking Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed government to building 1.5-million low-cost houses over the next five years, telling the Human Settlements Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the State would achieve this target through the...
Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted last week that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks