On Friday, the South African National Nuclear Regulator(NNR) announced that its CEO, Dr Bismark Tyobeka, has assumed position as chairperson of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Regulation Cooperation Forum
Tyobeka’s appointment was confirmed during the annual Regulatory Cooperation Forum Steering Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month.
The NNR said in a statement that one of the factors supporting the selection of the new chair was that Dr Tyobeka served in the role as Vice Chair of the RCF since 2014. This was recognised as a vital factor for maintaining continuity in the important work done by the RCF.
The regulator noted that the RCF has a profound historical relationship with South Africa, in that it was established as an outcome of the 2nd IAEA International conference on Effective Regulatory Systems which took place in December 2009 in Cape Town.
As the new chairman, Dr Tyobeka pledged his full support towards promoting collaboration and cooperation among the RCF members in order to strengthen nuclear safety infrastructures for new and expanding programmes. Read more...
Committed to nuclear safety
Tyobeka commented: “South Africa, like the rest world is facing economic, social and environmental challenges. These challenges are further compounded by the increasing demand for clean, safe and reliable energy. Such demand is taking place amidst heightened socio-political tensions but we all have to remain focused on the roles we have to play in creating a better future for the world.
Delivering on our long standing commitment towards achieving and sustaining a high level of nuclear safety to support socio economic progress will always be our key focus. To chair the RCF is truly a reflection of the international nuclear community’s confidence in South Africa’s commitment to enhancing the development of nuclear safety regulatory infrastructure of regulators from new and existing nuclear countries."
The NNR participates in various international multi-lateral regulatory fora, international networks, safety committees and bilateral cooperation initiatives aimed at advancing its mandate for providing for the protection of persons, property and environment against the harmful effects of ionising radiation.