Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, Act 47 of 1999
Stakeholder Gala Event
This year’s marks the 20th anniversary of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, Act 47 of 1999. (NNRA). The NNRA is the cornerstone of nuclear safety regulation in South Africa. It sets out the objects, functions and responsibilities of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) for providing regulatory oversight for the protection of persons, property and environment against nuclear damage.
Enhancing effectiveness of nuclear safety regulation is an ongoing process globally : NNR meets with National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) of China
IAEA Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) provides practical assistance to Bangladesh for strengthening regulatory infrastructure during the construction of Rooppur NPP in Blangladesh.
The Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) met from 03-04 April 2019 to review and discuss the current status of regulatory infrastructure development in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh recently joined the RCF as a Member which gives them the advantage of receiving regulatory support from established nuclear regulators from the RCF. This meeting was a follow up to discussions held previously, in which recipient countries expressed the need for more practical assistance. ”said Dr Bismark Tyobeka, RCF’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) of Bangladesh approved “Construction of Rooppur NPP” Project on 6 December 2016. Rooppur NPP is currently under construction and the first unit is scheduled to produce electricity by 2024.
The NNR Learner awareness and career exhibitions took place at the Chief Mogale Community Hall in Kagiso 2, outside Krugersdorp. In attendance were the grade 12 Maths and science learners from Mosupatsela High, Madiba Secondary, and Nova Pioneer Secondary School.
IAEA concludes a follow-up IRRS mission in Netherlands
The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team conducted an eight-day follow-up mission to review the Netherlands’ implementation of recommendations and suggestions made during the initial IRRS mission in 2014. The follow-up mission; concluded on the 26th November 2018; was conducted at the request of the Government of the Netherlands, hosted by the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) and supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). The 12-member team comprised of senior regulatory experts from the IAEA, Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Mr Alan Muller, NNR Programme Manager for Regulatory Information and Technical Services was part of the IRRS Team.
NNR Centre for Nuclear Safety and Security (CNSS) hosts a Regional Training Workshop on Safety and Security for transportation of Uranium Ore and Sealed Sources including Safeguards.
Participants from various institutions from South Africa and 5 neighbouring countries (Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Namibia) attend the Regional Training Workshop hosted by the NNR CNSS in conjunction with the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) . The training is in line with the objectives of Projects MC5.01/15B – to support Southern African states in nuclear safety and safeguards and is taking place from 19th – 23rd November 2018 at the Riverstone Lodge, in Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp, South Africa.
NNR conducts bilateral study visit to PAA Poland.
A high ranking NNR delegation conducted a regulatory bilateral study visit to the Polish Atomic Energy Agency (PAA) in Poland. During the visit both counterparts shared regulatory and technical information on a broad range of issues. The NNR delegation was led by board chair Dr Thapelo Motshudi supported by CEO Dr Bismark Tyobeka, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Safety and Security; Dr Margaret Mkhosi, Divisional Executive for Nuclear Power Plants; Mr Orion Phillips, Chief Financial Officer; Mr Dakalo Netshivhazwaulu, Manager for Nuclear Power Plants Inspections; Ms Noletu Moti and Principal Inspector for Nuclear Technology and Waste Projects; Mr Samuel Thugwane.
NNR Programme Manager NTWP Mr Thiagan Pather participates in the IAEA expert IRRS mission to Australia, taking place from 4 to 16 November 2018.
The review will focus on Australia’s legal and regulatory framework for safety and the Regulatory Services Branch’s licensing, inspection and enforcement processes.
The National Nuclear Regulator hosted a Learner Awareness Outreach event in Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province on the 3 November 2018.
On Saturday, 3 November 2018 a team from the National Nuclear Regulator made presentations on the roles and functions of the regulator to enthusiastic learners and educators from Humansdorp, Hankey, Jeffreys Bay, and Emizamoyethu schools. The event was aimed at increasing awareness of the NNR and to encourage the youth to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.
NNR Programme Manager NTWP , Mr Thiagan Pather participated in the Artemis segment of the Joint IRRS mission to Spain which took place from 14-26 October 2018.
NNR Manager for Emergency Preparedness and Response chairs a panel session on Practising emergency communication in exercises during the International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public
The IAEA is hosting an International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public from the 01-05th October 2018 at the IAEA Headquarters, Austria. Mr Mothusi Ramerafe: NNR Manager for Emergency Preparedness and Response chaired a panel session on Practising emergency communication in exercises: Experiences and Challenges.
Dr. Bismark Tyobeka, NNR CEO and RCF’s Chairman addresses the ninth Regulatory Cooperation Forum meeting held during the IAEA 62nd General Conference 2018.
Helping countries new to nuclear power to develop regulations and guides was the focus of the ninth plenary meeting of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), where discussions took place on how to complete the regulations of newcomer countries and how to provide further support. “The growth in RCF’s membership is a vote of confidence in the work we do,” said Dr. Bismark Tyobeka, RCF’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator. “We need to add more effort to improve cooperation and coordination and make the use of resources more effective to achieve and sustain a high level of nuclear safety consistent with IAEA safety standards and guidance.”
NNR focuses on strengthening bilateral cooperation relationships with international counterparts to enhance technical cooperation in nuclear safety.
On 19 and 20 September 2018, the NNR delegation led by CEO Dr Tyobeka met with bilateral counterparts from the National Atomic Energy Agency of the Republic of Poland (PAA), Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Nuclear Safety Administration of China (NNSA) respectively. The meetings reflected on experiences of working together and discussed future themes and practical programmes for collaboration among counterparts.
NNR Strengthens bilateral cooperation with USNRC
On 18 September 2018, the NNR delegation led by the Board Chairperson Dr. Thapelo Motshudi met the USNRC's new Executive Director Ms. Maggie Doane along the margins of the 62nd IAEA General Conference in Vienna. "The meeting was an opportunity to welcome and congratulate Ms. Doane on her new appointment and to discuss at a high level, future cooperation between both counterparts", stated the NNR CEO Dr. Bismark Tyobeka.
NNR CNSS hosts the 4th Project MC5.01/15B Steering Committee Meeting 30-31 July 2018
The NNR’s CNSS, in conjunction with the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and European Commission is hosting the 4th Project MC5.01/15B Steering Committee Meeting from 30 – 31 July 2018, at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Centre, Centurion, Pretoria. The main objective of this meeting is to strengthen national capacities and to encourage regional cooperation on nuclear safety and the safety of radioactive material transportation. SADC Member States including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia are attending the meeting.
NNR supporting social welfare upliftment as part of Madiba Day Centenary celebrations
On 18 July 2018, NNR employees spent time at Peace Home, for abused children in Parklands, Cape Town.
The Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), chaired by NNR CEO, Dr Bismark Tyobeka convenes in Belarus to review progress for capacity building activities.
On Monday 4th June, the RCF Chairman, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, Vice-Chairman Mr Nader Mamish, and the IAEA Head for Regulatory Activities Section Mr David Senior convened a bilateral meeting with the Belarus Gosatomnadzor, the Belarussian Nuclear Regulator to review progress on their action plan for RCF capacity building activities. On Tuesday, 5th June, the RCF leadership visited the Oestrovets NPP Construction site, which is the first NPP in Belarus.
Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
Dr Bismark Tyobeka, President of the Sixth Review Meeting and Chief Executive Officer of the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa, opened the proceedings of the Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters from 21 May to 1 June. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivered an opening address at the plenary session.
NNR CEO, Dr. Bismark Tyobeka welcomes delegates at the opening of the NNR’s 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Conference at the Indaba Hotel and Conference venue in Johannesburg, South Africa.