It is my pleasure to present the 2019/20 Annual Performance Plan (APP) of the National Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI). The APP was developed by management, under the leadership of the NRWDI Board. The APP was prepared in terms of the National Treasury’s Framework for Strategic Plans and Annual Performance Plans and in terms of Section 30 of the Treasury Regulations.

The 2019/20 APP is an ambitious programme of work for NRWDI. The commitments made are cognisant of the challenging times we face and are born out of a collective understanding of the responsibilities and obligations placed on all of us in public service by the Constitution and the aspirations of the people of South Africa. 

NRWDI remains totally committed to fulfilling the expectations of South Africans that radioactive waste can be safely managed in a manner that meets or exceeds all applicable regulatory standards and requirements for protecting the health, safety and security of our people and the environment, both now and in the future. 

The management of radioactive waste disposal on a national basis is an institutional ministerial obligation assigned to NRWDI, which is an independent entity established by statute under the provision of Section 55(2) of the Nuclear Energy Act (No. 46 of 1999). The National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute Act (NRWDIA) (No. 53 of 2008) endorsed the establishment of NRWDI, which is classified as a Schedule 3A public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) (No. 1 of 1999) as amended. 

The NRWDI has made great strides since its operationalisation two years ago and has in this short period of time obtained a clean audit for the 2017/18 financial year, which bears testimony to the fact that an institutionalised culture of accountability and responsibility prevail in NRWDI, thus demonstrating a resilient commitment towards good governance, prudent financial management and excellence.