Five-part dialogue on nuclear energy

At a high-level panel of senior political figures and experts from leading international energy organisations, the IEA’s chief economist Laszlo Varro said the organisation’s analysis “clearly shows” that nuclear power has an important role in making the energy transition “more cost-effective and more energy secure”.

To this end, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) in partnership with ESI Africa, invites you to a digital dialogue five-part series on the nuclear energy position.

Register for all the sessions below to secure time in your diary.

Unpacking South Africa’s 2,500 MW “no regret” Nuclear Decision

29 September 2020 | 12h30 GMT

Dialogue overview

  • What is meant by no regret option and will it replace Grand Inga
  • What is the need for nuclear in South Africa
  • PWR or SMR or both
  • The legal process that needs to be followed, section 34 determination
  • Models being explored
  • Financial mechanisms explored
  • Road map going forward


DMRE – Zizamele Mbambo, DDG Nuclear Branch
Necsa – Ayanda Myoli, Acting GCEO
Necsa – Dave Nichols, Board Chairperson
Eskom – Riedewaan Barkadien, Chief Nuclear Officer
NRWDI – Alan Carolissen, Acting CEO
NNR – Dr Bismack Tyobeka, CEO
NIASA – Prof. Itumeng Mosala

Unpacking South Africa’s multi-purpose reactor (MPR) Ambition

5 October 2020 | 12h30 GMT

Dialogue overview

  • The need for MPR
  • The global and local isotope market overview
  • Planned activities for the MPR
  • Financial implication and financial model
  • Legislation and licensing project roadmap


DMRE – representative
Necsa – representative
NNR – Dr Bismack Tyobeka, CEO
NIASA – Knox Msebenzi, MD

Apocalypse Now or Never the role of nuclear in green energy future

21 October 2020 | 12h30 GMT

Dialogue with Michael Shellenberger, the best-selling author of “Apocalypse Never”, dedicated to the importance of Nuclear Science & Technology Applications for the development of any country. Michael is an American author, environmental policy writer, co-founder of Breakthrough Institute and founder of Environmental Progress.

Dialogue overview

  • Is human activity leading to mass Extinction of various species
  • Is the planet facing an immediate apocalypse situation
  • How are humans negatively affecting the planet
  • What is the role of energy in mitigating climate change
  • What is the role of nuclear in mitigating climate change

Big Block nuclear power plant vs small modular reactors SMR

27 October 2020 | 11h00 GMT

Dialogue overview

  • Technology readiness
  • Technology cost-effectiveness
  • Safety aspect model
  • Ownership models
  • Licensing and legislation
  • Retrofitting NMR in existing coal plants to the decommissioned from as per IPR2019


DMRE Representative
Technical Expert: Dave Nicholls
International Independent Expert
NNR Technical Representative
NIASA President

Localisation and Job Creation

4 November 2020 | 12h30 GMT

Dialogue overview

  • Nuclear localisation
  • Credible localisation levels on 2,500MW
  • Koeberg upgrade MPR CISF
  • International experience
  • Skills development


Black Business Council; Black Management Forum; Youth In Energy; Women in Energy; Construction Manufacturing Industry; Union representative; International Association from South Korea and China

Digital Energy Festival
The following sessions are still available to watch on demand as part of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa:

   – African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa sessions, (now Enlit Africa) click here – FREE access
   – ESI Africa sessions, click here – FREE access
   – Oil & Gas Council sessionsclick here

The Digital Energy Festival for Africa in 2020 was hosted jointly by four of Clarion Events’ leading energy brands Africa Energy ForumAfrican Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa (now Enlit Africa) and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly and the leading energy journal ESI Africa and sister publication of Power Engineering International, providing six weeks of compelling content.