Meet the new Necsa board members

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has appointed a new board to the state-owned Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA (Necsa), following a mass resignation last week.

The four remaining board members, who resigned last Wednesday, said they felt undermined by Mantashe as he valued neither their work nor their efforts to turn around the ailing SOE.

In a statement released by the energy department on Tuesday, Mantashe listed the new seven member board that will serve for a three year period in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. 

The board will be chaired by David Nicholls.  

Other members include: Senamile Masango, Joseph Shayi, Aadilah Chowan, Dr Gregory Jerome Davids, Mashuku James Maboa and Dr Namane Magau. 

The department said: “The board members posses a wide range of skills in areas, including nuclear regulation, nuclear analytical and calibration services, nuclear science, engineering, finance, law and corporate governance.” 

“The appointment of the board attests to the minister’ publicly stated commitment to ensure good governance in state owned entities in the mining and energy portfolio,” it said. 

City Press on Sunday reported that Mantashe was heard on a recording lashing out at Necsa executives the day before the mass exodus. Mantashe invoked the words of Jesus Christ to assert his authority and vowed to fight those who disrespected him. 

Read: ‘I am the way and the truth’ – Mantashe invokes words of Jesus as he lashes out at Necsa board

The statement added that Elsie Monale will be joining the board as a representative of the energy department. 

Another representative for the department of international relations and cooperation is said to be announced in due course. 

These appointments, however, are pending “a successful background check and a comprehensive vetting process”.

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