The Centre was established by the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), a state entity primarily responsible for ensuring the safe use of various nuclear technologies such as nuclear power stations in the country. The NNR also licences and regulates the use of nuclear technology in the mining and manufacturing industries.
According to Prof Mandla Msimanga, the TUT representative at the CNSS, the main activities to be coordinated by CNSS will be teaching, research and consultancy in nuclear safety and security to support the NNR and the nuclear industry in general in the country.
“TUT’s role through the Department of Physics, will focus on the training of technicians in Radiation Protection and general Nuclear Technology, as well as research in nuclear science and technology in collaboration with other partner institutions. Other collaborating partner institutions are the University of Pretoria (the CNSS host institute), WITS University, University of North West, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC). There are two international institutions involved as well; the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University in the United States,” says Prof Msimanga.
“TUT happens to be the only UoT in this consortium. This puts the TUT Department of Physics and the University as a whole on the same pedestal as the ivy league institutions in the country when it comes to nuclear science and technology education and training. Being part of the CNSS augurs well for our flagship Diploma and (soon to be introduced) Advanced Diploma in Industrial Physics programmes,” adds Prof Msimanga.
“Research in nuclear science and technology in the Department will also receive a much needed boost. Potential benefits to students at TUT include provision of additional laboratory equipment, CNSS sponsored study bursaries and Work Integrated Learning placements. Given that the Industrial Physics programme at TUT has only been in existence for just under four years, our involvement in the CNSS venture is a promise of greater things to come,” concluded Prof Msimanga.
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