In a presentation about its legislative mandate, challenges and proposed intervention, during the committee's oversight visit on Wednesday, NECSA reported a cash shortfall of R463 million in the 2018/19 financial year and projected a further R325 million cash shortfall by the current financial year.
The committee further requested NECSA and subsidiaries, including NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd and Pelchem SOC Ltd, to provide information with regard to board structures, mandate as well as remuneration packages.
Each participant got an insight into the many spinoff technologies that research reactors offer, said Gawie Nothnagel, Senior Manager at Necsa
. This includes isotope production, neutron beams science, or materials testing, where neutron based techniques can bring some unique advantages that other radiation types cannot.