A key priority to operationalize the Institute is the Vaalputs functional shift which entails the transfer of staff and assets of the Vaalputs Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility from Necsa to the Institute in terms of section 30 of the NRWDI Act. It is envisaged that the functional shift will be completed in the 2018/2019 financial year.

The Institute, although cognizant of the complex challenges as outlined above, is however confident that it is ready to begin the journey to lay a solid foundation for the delivery of suitable strategies and solutions for the management and disposal of all of our radioactive waste in a manner that will continue to ensure the protection of the public and the environment, thus making its contribution towards the safe utilization of nuclear energy in our country. 

The Annual Performance Plan of NRWDI for the period 2018/19 is informed by the approved fiveyear Strategic Plan (2017/18 – 2019/20). It reflects government’s long-term plans as outlined in the medium-term strategic framework (MTSF). The Plan indicates NRWDI’s contribution to service delivery through the link to government’s 14 outcomes, as well as NRWDI’s contribution to the National Development Plan and the Department of Energy’s Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan for 2018/19. 

Performance targets have been set against each strategic objective outlined in the Strategic Plan. Adequate resourcing of the organisation as well as the quarterly performance reviews will ensure the assessment of the overall performance of each programme against this Annual Performance Plan. 

The Board fully endorses this Annual Performance Plan and commits to supporting its implementation. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important work that the Board Members, management team and staff are executing and would like to encourage a collective and innovative spirit in implementing the legislative mandate of NRWDI and future strategic programmes.