A significant achievement for South Africa in the global nuclear landscape.
CEO DR. Bismark TyobekaElected to be president of the sixth review meeting of the contracting parties under the joint convention on the safety of spent nuclear fuel management and safety of radioactive waste management.
On Thursday 18 May 2017, the NNR CEO, Dr Bismark Tyobeka was elected by Contracting Parties to serve as President of the Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Nuclear Fuel Management and Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention)
The Joint Convention was adopted on 5 September 1997 and entered into force on 18 June 2001. The Joint Convention establishes an international peer review process among Contracting Parties and provides incentives for nations to take appropriate steps to bring their nuclear activities into compliance with general safety standards and practices. The Republic of South Africa acceded to the Joint Convention on 15 November 2006, and has been a strong supporter of its objectives since it entered into force on 13 February 2007. As of 3 March 2017, there were approximately 75 Contracting Parties to the Convention.
As president, Dr Tyobeka pledged his full commitment to leadership and working closely with the two Vice-Presidents; Mr Geoff Williams from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), as well as Mr Douglas Tonkay, from the United States Department of Energy to encourage constructive discussions on key issues faced by Contracting Parties. He further confirmed his support for engaging with Regional Networks, in particular those being part of the IAEA Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) − such as EuCAS (European and Central Asian Safety Network), ANSN (Asian Nuclear Safety Network), ANNuR (Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators), FNRBA (Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa) and FORO (Forum of Ibero American Radiological and Nuclear Safety Regulators) − to help support and assist IAEA Member States who are not already Contracting Parties to the Joint Convention to become Contracting Parties.
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