Structure of the NNR
- Board of Directors
- Committees of the Board
- Chief Executive Officer
- Executive Committee
The NNR is directly accountable to parliament through the Minister of Energy on nuclear and radiation safety issues and operates independently of Government, to the extent that it is able to carry out its mandate without undue influence.
It functions independently from governmental departments or agencies and other organizations or bodies charged with the promotion of nuclear technologies or responsible for facilities or activities. The primary reason for this independence is to ensure that regulatory decisions can be made, and regulatory enforcement actions taken, without pressure from interests that may conflict with safety. The credibility of the NNR as a regulator is assured through its independence from the organizations it regulates and the promoters of nuclear technology. The NNR retains its independence as a safety authority and is protected from undue pressure. Safety is the key mission of the regulator personnel.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the Accounting Authority in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and is appointed for a renewable period of three years by the Minister of Energy. In terms of Section 8 (1) and (2), the Regulator is governed and controlled, in accordance with the NNR Act, by a Board of Directors to ensure that the objects of the Act are carried out and to exercise general control over the performance of the Regulator’s functions. The Board of Directors embraces the principles of corporate governance and considers these as the underlying philosophy in creating organisational excellence at all levels within the Regulator. The Board sets the precedent in driving the ethics of good governance, and the directors, collectively and individually, acknowledge their responsibilities and duties in terms of the Board Charter and other governance, regulatory and legislative requirements.
The Board is accountable for the overall formulation, monitoring and review of the NNR’s corporate strategy and related affairs, whilst delegating to management the responsibility for business performance and achievement of the organisation’s objectives.
Committees of the Board
The NNR Board is advised and assisted by three board committees, namely the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Technical Committee and the Transformation and Development Committee. The CEO is an ex officio member of these committees.
Transformation and Development Committee
The Transformation and Development Committee is responsible for overseeing human resources strategies and policies and submits these to the Board for approval. These strategies and policies include, but are not limited to a review of staff remuneration, human resources policies as well as conditions of service.
The role of the Committee is to, inter alia:
- Review the policies and practices on the authorisation of nuclear facilities, licensing processes and compliance assurance and enforcement procedures; and
- Advise the Board on all technical related matters pertaining to the discharge of the Regulator’s mandate.
Audit and Risk Management Committee
The Audit and Risk Management Committee comprises three non-executive directors and one member representing the Independent Audit Committee. A non-Executive Director, who is not the Chairperson of the Board, chairs the committee.
The Audit and Risk Management Committee assists the Board in overseeing the;
- Integrity of the NNR’s financial statements;
- Level of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
- Performance of the NNR’s Internal Audit Activity
- Safeguarding of assets; and
- Running of adequate systems and control processes.
Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Minister of Energy and is also a Director of the Board. The Chief Executive Officer has the responsibility of ensuring that the functions of the NNR are performed in accordance with the NNR Act and the Public Finance Management Act.
The Chief Executive Officer holds office for a period not exceeding three years as specified in the letter of appointment and may be re-appointed upon expiry of that term of office.
Introduction to the CEO, Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka
Dr Tyobeka was appointed as CEO of the NNR by South Africa’s Minister of Energy. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Tyobeka served as a Nuclear Engineer and Unit Head of Gas Cooled Reactors at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Tyobeka has obtained several national and international qualifications in the nuclear field which include a Master of Science in Applied Radiation Science and Technology, University of North West; a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
Dr Tyobeka is a regular keynote speaker at the USNRC’s Regulatory Information Conference (RIC), Nuclear Industry Congress Africa, Nuclear Africa Conference and is an active participant in the international nuclear industry sector initiatives such as the IAEA’s Technical Working Group on Nuclear Knowledge Management (TWG-NKM).The TWG-NKM is a group of experienced and senior nuclear energy sector managers who provide strategic and practical advice and assistance to the IAEA for programme development and implementation, reflecting global, regional and national issues and priorities of concern in the area of nuclear knowledge management.
The NNR is responsible for managing its resources so as to fulfill its statutory obligations effectively. For this reason the organisation embarks on rigorous performance monitoring activities to ensure that there is adequate capacity and that its resource allocation is commensurate with the radiation risks associated with a specific facility or activity. This graded approach enables the NNR to evaluate if the organisation is adequately structured to discharge its responsibilities and perform its functions effectively. The Chief Executive Officer appoints staff as are necessary to perform the work arising from or connected to the NNR’s functions in terms of the Act.