NECSA appoints six new board members and a chairperson

NECSA has also appointed a new representative of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the appointment of seven new members to the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) board. 

Among these appointments are former Eskom chief nuclear officer David Nicholls (pictured) as chairperson and Elsie Monale as representative of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, as required by the Nuclear Energy Act. 

The other appointments to the board are: 

  • Senamile Masango
  • Joseph Shayi
  • Aadilah Chowan
  • Gregory Jerome Davids
  • Mashkudu James Maboa
  • Namane Magau

The statement said that the new members will be serving for a three-year period.

The appointment follows the 10 board resignations in 2018 and the remaining four board members tendering their resignations in January 2020, stating that they felt a lack of support from Mantashe. 

The four directors who resigned were Dr Pulane Kingston, Dr Pulane Molokwane, Matlhodi Ngwenya and Bishen Singh

In response to the letter and resignations, Mantashe took to Twitter, stating that: “We must reinstate Necsa into a functional state. We can’t allow dysfunctional governance. We must appreciate that correcting governance is painful.”