NNR CEO delivers a public lecture at WITS University as part of the 20th Anniversary of the NNR Act celebrations
On the 13th November 2019, the NNR CEO delivered a public lecture as part of a series of public lectures on nuclear safety at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The lecture was preceded by a technical tour to the WITS Physics Laboratory
The public lecture covered South Africa’s journey and the role nationally and internationally towards safe and secure use of nuclear energy and radiation technologies, through a credible and independent national regulator, the NNR.
It was stated that South Africa has a long history of using nuclear energy and nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Whilst nuclear has tremendous benefits for human health, economic development and general advancement of the country, it also comes with risks.
There are international measures that have been brought into being to counterbalance such risks. International Nuclear Safety Standards recognizes that an independent nuclear Regulator is a necessary precondition for any country considering the use of nuclear energy and related technologies. These standards are one such instrument to mitigate risks associated with the use of radiation and nuclear technology.