The Central and Southern African region has been largely dominated by South Africa’s economic and cultural weight. The region has taken steps to ensure greater regional integration in terms of economic growth, resource management, and social service provision.
The DRC has the first research reactor in Africa and is currently working on restarting the research reactor in Kinshasa.
Within the region, South Africa is the sole country with a research reactor. The SAFARI-1 reactor was built in 1961 with a licensed operating power of 20 MW. Recent evaluations have indicated that an expected operational lifetime beyond 2025 is realistic. Nevertheless, improvement projects such as an ageing management programme to upgrade various reactor structures, systems, and components will enable an extension of the reactor’s life up to 2030.
Zambia will soon commence building the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Chongwe, east of Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The phased construction of CNST includes a Multipurpose Radiation Centre.
Finally, The Namibian government has made it clear that it plans to leverage its large uranium deposits, which constitute about 7 percent of global reserves, to produce electricity from nuclear energy technology.
Officials who will be speaking include:
- Thabo Tselane, Chief Technology Officer, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)
- Messaoud Baaliouamer, Executive Secretary, African Commission on Nuclear Energy
- Bright Madinka Mweetwa, National Project Officer, Nuclear Energy Programme Implementing Organisation, Zambia
- Prof Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, Commissioner General, General Commissariat for Atomic Energy, Democratic Republic of the Congo