The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Association(IAEA), has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Chief Executive Officer Mr Phumzile Tshelane, to serve as a member of the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy(SAGNE) for a two year period.
The SAGNE is established to advise the IAEA Director General on policy and technical issues in relation to nuclear power, nuclear fuel cycle and waste technology and on matters concerning the assessment of the role of nuclear power in sustainable energy development.
The appointment was endorsed by the two South African Departments of Energy and International Relations and Cooperation that are key role players in nuclear energy and international relations. Dr Kelvin Kemm, Chairman of Necsa Board of Directors welcomed this appointment and said “The CEO of Necsa, Mr Tshelane has done South Africa proud with his appointment to this important nuclear advisory group of the IAEA.”
He further emphasised that South Africa is one of the countries with over 50 years’ experience of nuclear technology applications in the world. This appointment of the Necsa CEO clearly indicates that South Africa’s accumulated nuclear wisdom and experience is valued at an international level.”
Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA acknowledged Tshelane’s invaluable experience and knowledge that he would bring to the advisory group. Tshelane is one of 20 members, hand-picked by the IAEA Director General, to serve in the Advisory Group. He will attend his first SAGNE meeting in Vienna from 25-28 April, 2017.