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Nuclear News

Necsa board states agency has dire finances 

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2019 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) issued on Thursday a curt response to the press release issued the day before by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union. In its statement, the union alleged that the Necsa board was proposing to retrench 400 employees and... 

Union attacks Necsa board, claiming retrenchments and privatisations planned

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th June 2019 The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) asserted on Wednesday that it had “reliably learnt” that the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) board was proposing to retrench 400 employees and perhaps sell public assets. These proposals were part of a... 

Union attacks Necsa board, claiming retrenchments and privatisations planned
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An aerial view of Necsa’s Pelindaba complex, west of Pretoria/Tshwane

Russia’s latest great game in Africa: energy

By: African News Agency      10th June 2019 Vladimir Putin has made no secret of his intention to return Russia to its previous glory as a world power by all means available to him, not least of which has been military aggression such as in Crimea. But on the African continent, where Russia has no colonial hangover like Europe or the... 

IEA urges support for research into small modular reactors

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2019 The International Energy Agency (IEA) says countries intending to retain nuclear power as an option in their clean-energy transitions should support innovative new reactor designs with lower capital costs and shorter lead times, such as small modular reactors (SMRs). The recommendation is made in... 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th May 2019 The success of all the countries that have undertaken large nuclear programmes shows that nuclear energy is a credible solution to State-owned power utility Eskom’s power challenges, says retired Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls. 

Nuclear is a solution to Eskom’s woes
Retired Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer David Nicholls discusses the power utility, scan the barcode with your phones QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za/ Camerawork: Christo Greyling. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 24.04.2019

South African nuclear corporation CEO axed  

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2019 South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane has been dismissed from his post and removed from the State-owned organisation’s board. This was announced on Tuesday by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a short press release. The decision was made because of the serious... 

South African nuclear corporation CEO axed
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Jeff Radebe

Construction of nuclear plants will reinvigorate local manufacturing 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 One of the main objectives of government is to reinvigorate the local manufacturing sector and one of the ways to achieve that is to forge ahead with the construction of nuclear plants, says nuclear project management company Nuclear Africa CEO Dr Kelvin Kemm. 

Construction of nuclear plants will reinvigorate local manufacturing
POWER SAFETY Nuclear energy is the cheapest and safest way of producing power out of all the energy sources available in South Africa

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 With coal power stations starting to reach the end of their lives, owing to insufficient maintenance, the country’s only option going forward will have to be nuclear energy, says University of the Witwatersrand radiation and health physics unit director Professor James Larkin. 

Unreliability of coal power stations calls for a nuclear solution
UPSKILLING It is difficult to create new programmes and qualifications when there is so much resistance towards the industry from government in terms of having nuclear energy play a more important role in the power sector

Necsa releases new OSCAR version

By: Mamaili Mamaila     10th May 2019 State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Necsa’s) radiation reactor theory department hosted the release of the fifth version of the Overall System for the Calculation of Reactors (OSCAR-5) at the user group workshop last month in Hartbeespoort, in the North West. 

Necsa releases new OSCAR version
NEXT GENERATION The OSCAR-5 system aims to respond to the challenging demands of the modern reactor analysis environment

Egypt pushes ahead with plans for nuclear power

By: African News Agency      30th April 2019 Egypt is pushing ahead with plans to build a nuclear power station. The country’s Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) has approved the site of Al Dabaa in the first step of the licensing process required to build a nuclear station, Al Monitor reported on Tuesday. ENRA is... 

Hulking nukes trying to get nimble in volatile power markets

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Nuclear reactors, the lumbering giants of electricity generation, are trying to become more agile. Power grids have become so swamped with volatile wind and solar that traditional plants are being forced to abruptly adjust their own output to keep systems stable – or pay a penalty. That’s... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2019 Eskom Holdings, the State utility that supplies 95% of South Africa’s power, is overhauling the continent’s sole nuclear plant with the aim of extending its lifespan by at least 20 years. The revamp of the 1 860 MW Koeberg facility comes as Eskom struggles to produce enough electricity to meet... 

Africa's sole nuclear plant undergoes revamp to extend lifespan

Necsa scientist in spotlight with award successes

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2019 A scientist from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, Dr Jan Rijn Zeevaart, has won two prestigious awards, one local and the other international. These are the Department of Science and Technology’s Top Intellectual Property Creator Award and the European Association of Nuclear... 

Gordhan: Radioactive leaks at Koeberg were 'negligible'

By: News24Wire      1st April 2019 Koeberg Nuclear Power Station released radioactive waste into the environment in three separate incidents in 2014 and 2015, but the quantities were "negligible" and fell under the threshold that would have made it necessary to notify the public, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said... 

 Gordhan: Radioactive leaks at Koeberg were 'negligible'
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Koeberg Nuclear Power Stations

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding 

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2019 Former president Jacob Zuma, whose administration has been blamed for the current power outages, has said the power crisis could have been averted if the country had built nuclear reactors.  In an interview with Business Day on Friday, Zuma said the costly nuclear build programme he supported... 

Zuma says nuclear could've solved load-shedding

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

Lesedi exploring opportunities in  Africa at PEWA
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

Radioisotope maker faces heavy losses this year but should regain market share

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary... 

Better planning needed to ensure jobs for skilled persons in water, energy sectors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2019 About 300 000 graduates in the energy and water sectors in South Africa are seeking employment, some of whom even re-enter into learnerships to stay in the economically active loop, says Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority acting CEO Mpho Mookapele. Speaking at the Skills... 

Policy uncertainty over nuclear build partly led to Necsa crisis, MPs told

By: African News Agency      5th March 2019 Policy uncertainty over South Africa's nuclear build programme contributed to the crisis the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and its entities currently finds itself in, MPs heard on Tuesday. The board of Necsa and its entities were briefing Parliament's energy portfolio committee... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share  

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2019 NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, is expected to make a loss this year of R224-million, in comparison to profits of R108-million last year and of R184-million in 2017. This was stated in a written reply to a Parliamentary question... 

NTP Radioisotopes faces heavy losses this year but is confident of regaining market share
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation complex at Pelindaba, which contains the NTP facilit

Lesedi Nuclear Services looks to African projects while it awaits IRP update

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2019 Given the landscape in South Africa, where project opportunities are expected to remain scarce until energy policies are finalised, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services has had to expand its service offering into other markets in Africa. Lesedi... 

Lesedi Nuclear Services looks to African projects while it awaits IRP update
Lesedi Nuclear business development executive Shane Pereira

Event set to dissect the future of African energy

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The eleventh edition of the Africa Energy Indaba – which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 to 20 this year – will focus on the future prospects and direction of energy on the African continent from an energy provision and investment point of view.... 

Event set to dissect the future of African energy
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AFRICA’S ENERGY FUTURE The Africa Energy Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from February 19 and 20 this year

Power utility business models set to change

15th February 2019 According to Africa Energy Indaba organiser Siyenza, African power utilities must respond appropriately to impending forces to prevent being surpassed by technological and market change. The organiser explains that several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility... 

Power utility business models set to change
Photo by Duane Daws
A CHANGING FUTURE Several disruptive forces are set to threaten the traditional power utility business model

GETI provides insights into talent environment for energy sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy recruitment and employment trends report, was released on Tuesday, and offered insights into five industry subsectors – oil and gas, renewables, power, nuclear and petrochemicals. The report, compiled by Airswift and... 

New board has important issues to consider regarding Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2019 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa Board Chairperson Dr Rob Adam has old “Engineering News”. A totally new Board for the corporation was announced by the Government on December 6, the new Board’s term... 

Rosatom invites African students to apply for nuclear studies scholarships in Russia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2019 Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom on Monday announced that applications were open for scholarships for African students to help develop the next generation of African nuclear scientists and engineers. The scholarships fund tuition fees in full and living expenses in part. 

UK's nuclear future fades as Hitachi exit follows Toshiba  

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Britain’s plan for a nuclear revival was thrown into disarray after the second Japanese company in as many months seemed to pull the plug on a new plant. The UK government has put atomic energy at the heart of its effort to attract 100-billion pounds ($130-billion) of investment to upgrade its... 

New Necsa board to consider important issues 

13th December 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the changes that have been made to the board and management of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation and what the entity’s new board will need to focus on going forward. 

New Necsa board to consider important issues
New Necsa board to consider important issues

New Necsa board has important issues to consider

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th December 2018 Major decisions are going to have to be taken about the future of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), new Necsa board chairperson Dr Rob Adam told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. A totally new board for the corporation was announced by the government on December 6, the new... 

New Necsa board has important issues to consider
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Necsa chairperson Dr Rob Adam

Energy Minister 'very confident' in new Necsa board

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The new chairperson of the board of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Dr Rob Adam, has given the assurance that the new board and interim CEO would be able to restore the beleaguered entity. He was talking, via video link, at a media briefing in Pretoria on Friday.... 

Energy Minister highlights 'defiance' by Necsa CEO, board chairperson

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed at a media briefing on Friday that South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane had been subject to "precautionary suspension". The CEO is an ex-officio member of the Necsa Board. A totally new Necsa Board was announced this week.... 

Radebe denies allegations of corruption regarding his Necsa actions

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has emphatically denied imputations that his dismissal of the previous board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) was motivated by a desire for personal enrichment. These allegations were "complete balderdash" he told a media briefing held in... 

Previous Necsa board inept, defiant – Radebe  

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has made most serious allegations against the previous and recently dismissed board of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). He was briefing the media, in Pretoria, on Friday. He accused the previous board members of failing to properly and... 

Previous Necsa board inept, defiant – Radebe
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South Africa axes state nuclear firm Necsa's board

By: Reuters     7th December 2018 South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Friday that the government had replaced the entire board of directors of State-run nuclear firm Necsa and suspended its chief executive over problems with how it was governed. The previous Necsa board included prominent backers of plans to expand... 

South Africa axes state nuclear firm Necsa's board
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Cabinet announces new Necsa board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2018 Government on Thursday announced the names of new board members for the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). It revealed in a post Cabinet meeting statement that Dr Robert Adam, Dr Ramatsemela Masango, Aadil Patel, Bishen Singh, Pulane Kingston, Matlhodi Ngwenya, Jabulani Ndlovu and... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2018 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) reports that is has received over 25 000 comments from affected parties and the general public in response to two nuclear installation site licence (NISL) applications received from Eskom on March 2016. The applications are for the Thyspunt site, in the... 

Nuclear regulator confirms receipt of 25 000 comments on Thyspunt, Duynefontyn applications
Koeberg in the Western Cape is South Africa's only nuclear power stations

International nuclear school for Africa successfully held in South Africa for second time

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th November 2018 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that its second South Africa-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School, held in Johannesburg earlier this month, was attended by 23 young professionals from 13 African countries. The School was organised in conjunction with the... 

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