The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has officially announced the resignation of its long servicing president, Dr. Rob Adam. He steps down after being at the helm of the association for almost a decade, and was instrumental in laying the solid foundations for the nuclear industry as a whole - in all its various applications and skills development initiatives.
Out going NIASA President, Rob Adam said,"Nuclear has a key role to play in providing carbon free baseload power in South Africa and the rest of the world. Renewables and nuclear are needed in a globally responsible energy future."
Dr. Adam has had an illustrious career in the public and private sector. After serving as a Director General in the department of Science and Technology, he served as the CEO of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). He later joined the Aveng Group as the Group Executive responsible for Nuclear. He is now the Director of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) where he would like to focus his attention but remains a staunch NIASA member.
Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director of NIASA said, “On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to pay tribute to a phenomenal leader who is respected around the globe. His passion and legacy in the world of science in general and in nuclear technology, in particular, is undisputed. I wish him well and will call upon him to still serve on an advisory basis as we move to the next phase of the nuclear new build program.”
Ms. Sandisiwe Ncemane, who is the Deputy President, will steer the NIASA ship as acting president till a permanent replacement is found.