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National Science Week (NSW) is a countrywide annual celebration of science involving various stakeholders and role players who conduct science-based activities during the week. NSW is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites per province. The main theme of NSW 2014 is “Today’s science, tomorrow’s world”.The NNR is supportive of National Science Week and convened Schools Outreach Programmes focusing on Science Based activities. 08th August 2014: The NNR hosted a National Science Week event at its head office in Centurion. The event was attended by grade 10, 11 and 12 learners from previously disadvantaged schools located in Atteridgeville; Madibeng; Kagiso, Krugersdorp; Diepsloot and Olivenhoutbosch. The NNR CEO, Dr MB Tyobeka was the keynote speaker and shared a motivational presentation with the learners. This was followed by a Science interactive session. 16 August 2014: The NNR conducted an interactive Science Week event targeting learners from disadvantaged communities in the Klerksdorp area. Grade, 10, 11 and 12 Learners from Vuyani Mawethu Secondary, Thuto Tsebo Secondary, Dirang Ka Natla Secondary and Vaal Reefs Technical High participated in this…
In support of Nelson Mandela Day , the NNR participated in a painting and clean-up campaign at the Tshwane Child Welfare Centre in Eesterust. The NNR officials also donated groceries and personal care packages for the children.
Being country co-chair of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), the NNR hosted a three-day working group session in Cape Town, 17-19 June, to discuss possible changes to RCF programme documents. This document review was part of the forum’s general programme improvement process, but also gave credit to a number of distinct issues expressed by forum members at recent meetings. Discussions concluded successfully on Thursday 19 June, having produced a number of suggested changes to RCF programme documents and the RCF website, which are now subject to approval from the RCF Steering Committee. This Meeting was Chaired by the NNR CEO, Dr MB Tyobeka.
IAEA DoE South Africa National Training Course on Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems, 19-23 May 2014 at NNRThe NNR in conjunction with DoE hosted the South Africa National Training Course on Design and Evaluation of Physical Protection Systems from 19-23 May 2014 at NNR Offices in Centurion. The Training Course was attended by participants from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), Eskom, South African Police Service, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) and other industry roleplayers.
The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be convening a Public Safety Information Forum Meeting on 26 June 2014 at the Nuclear Auditorium, Bulk Stores, Koeberg Nuclear Power Station . The purpose of the forum is to share information with the public on nuclear safety and emergency preparedness. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The NNR conducted presentations to Grade 10 - 12 learners at Phelindaba Secondary School, Atteridgeville on the 24th May 2014. The presentation highlighted the importance of studying Mathematics and Science and focused on the role and functions of the NNR.
The Honourable Minister of Energy Mr Dikobe Ben Martins conducted a business familiarisation visit to the NNR on 20 March 2014.The Minister met with the NNR Board of Directors and then convened a keynote address to all staff. The Ministerial visit re-affirmed Governments high regard for nuclear safety regulation in South Africa.
The NNR convened an information sharing meeting with representatives from Civil Society NGOs from Gauteng on 6 March 2014. The meeting was attended by representatives from Greenpeace, Earthlife Africa, Pelindaba Working Group, Off the Ground, the Pelindaba Public Safety Information Forum and NNR Technical specialists. The NNR CEO chaired the meeting.
A high ranking Vietnamese delegation comprising of the Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Director General Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency and the Vice President of Vietnam Electricity participated in a bilateral meeting with the NNR on 28 February 2014. The NNR shared its regulatory experiences with the newcomer country embarking on a nuclear programme.
The NNR CEO convened a high level Bilateral Meeting with the Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) along the margins of the Nuclear Industry Congress Africa 2014.The discussions emanating from the meeting were very positive as both counterparts reaffirmed their mutual commitment to strengthening the nuclear safety regulatory regime.