The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is geared up for the African Utility Week (AUW) conference, where it will headline and lend its support to the Nuclear Power Africa forum, taking place on 18 May 2017, under the theme – Africa’s Preparations for a nuclear Future.
“The nuclear industry is very dynamic and at a pivotal crossroads at the moment. The forum is an opportunity for us to engage our stakeholders and lay bare the facts, debunk myths while outlining the necessary actions which will ensure the industry is a prolific catalyst for inclusive economic development,” says Knox Msebenzi, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) Managing Director and POWER-GEN advisory board member.
The forum shall be facilitated by Dr Kelvin Kemm, NECSA Chairman and includes expert panelists and speakers such as Andrew Kenny, an independent Energy Expert; Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, Chairman of the Board of Governors at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna; Phumzile Tshelane, NECSA Chief Executive Officer and Dave Nicholls, Eskom Chief Nuclear Officer.
In addition, the Nuclear Thursday programme will include a technical workshop at 13H00 CAT at the Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa, where the general public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the discussions under the theme, a viable Energy Mix in support of Industrialization and inclusive economic growth.
“This debate is an endeavor to open the AUW platform and discussion to other interested parties who have not registered for the formal programme. As an association, we recognize the need to give a voice to all communities. Energy issues affect our everyday lives and speak to the most simple actions such as making a cup of tea every morning,” Msebenzi adds.
NIASA is in support of the Minister of Energy’s decision not to appeal the Western Cape High court judgment, handed down on 26 April 2017. The association would like to extend its resources and industry experts to assist the Department and Minister with the new build plans in a manner that will maximize the benefit for the citizens of South Africa in any way to progress the new build plans.
“As an association our founding principles of transparency and following due process are paramount, especially when setting the foundation for the start of a significant project with a potential to dramatically improve the lives of ordinary South Africans. We have no doubt that nuclear energy is the future of South Africa, as part of the overall energy mix,” concludes Msebenzi.