Necsa unable to table its annual report
There are clearly massive problems with the audit of the books of the Nuclear Company of South Africa (Necsa).
Necsa is a state owned company responsible for undertaking and promoting R&D in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences.
It is also responsible for processing source material, including uranium enrichment, and co-operating with other institutions, locally and abroad, on nuclear and related matters.
Apart from its main activities at Pelindaba, which include operation and utilisation of the SAFARI-1 research reactor, Necsa also manages and operates the Vaalputs National Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in the Northern Cape
Necsa has not been able to table its annual report for this year to Parliament.
The office of the auditor-general refused to divulge the facts‚ and portfolio committee chairman Fikile Majola said the auditors might have to brief the Parliament committee confidentially.
When The Sunday Times reported in April on signs that Necsa was in serious financial trouble‚ the company reacted angrily but now the situation seems very serious indeed.
The department of evaluation monitoring and performance management admitted that‚ as of April‚ which is the latest date on which it can comment‚ no plan had been tabled for the country’s much-vaunted nuclear build programme.
The officials were instructed to return with a realistic report on the prospects and planning for the country’s department of energy.
Source: RDM News Wire.