SA nuclear regulation is 'fit and proper'

A team of experts from 19 countries has proclaimed South African nuclear regulation fit and proper. But the team says safety can be improved by giving more funding and independence to local regulators. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - An international team of experts says South Africa’s nuclear regulator is effective, but it's offered some suggestions on how the body could improve.

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It found the regulation of radiation in medicine and industry -- carried out by the Health Department -- is underfunded and under staffed.

It also recommends the country have a single regulatory body going forward.

“The department of health has actually admitted that so far they have had serious capacity issues with this particular directorate and they would prefer if it would be absorbed in the national nuclear regulator,” said Dr Mzubanzi Bismark Tyobeka of the National Nuclear Regulator.

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