Phumzile Tshelane, the current CEO of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa has been awarded a 3 year contract. It has been said that he was on a month-to-month contract with the company “due to the difference of opinions with the previous board members in 2015”. Necsa said. Governance at Necsa went through troubled times before Energy Minister Tina Joemat Pettersson appointed a new chairman and board members in March 2016.
After not submitting annual financial statements to Parliament in 2015‚ due to disagreements between Necsa and the Auditor General concerning financial provisions for nuclear decommissioning‚ all financial statements were submitted to Parliament on time in 2016. Differences of opinion with the Auditor General were resolved‚ the corporation said in a statement. The cabinet endorsed Tshelane’s reappointment on the recommendation of the Necsa board. “I am really pleased that Cabinet has endorsed our recommendation. Mr. Tshelane‚ a nuclear physicist‚ has had many years of experience in the nuclear field and also in the wider electricity landscape. He has also demonstrated superior management skills in a complex environment. My board is confident in its selection of Mr. Tshelane to serve an additional three years as CEO of Necsa.” Said Chairman of Necsa‚ Kelvin Kemm. Necsa is a state-owned company responsible for undertaking and promoting research and development in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences. It is also responsible for processing source material, including uranium enrichment, and co-operating with other institutions, locally and abroad, on nuclear and related matters. Necsa has a vision to pursue nuclear technology excellence for sustainable social and economic development.