NRWDI offers disposal solutions for all classes of radioactive waste.

NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA is a South African State-Owned Entity Dedicated to Professional Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal Services in terms of the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute Act, No 53 2008. Our mandate as an institute is to develop radioactive waste acceptance and disposal criteria in compliance with applicable regulatory health safety environmental requirements and any other technical and operational requirements; assess and inspect the acceptability of radioactive waste for disposal and issue radioactive waste disposal certificates; and to manage, operate and monitor operational radioactive waste disposal facilities.


About Us

An independent radioactive waste disposal institute.

With the introduction of a nuclear power program in South Africa during the 1970’s it was realized that radioactive waste will have to be managed and that will require a national site for the disposal of the country’s nuclear waste. In November 2005 Cabinet approved and published the radioactive waste management policy and strategy, which identified the need for the implementation of an independent radioactive waste disposal institute.

The national radioactive waste disposal institute act (no. 53 of 2008) was drafted and became effective on the 1st December 2009 endorsing the establishment of the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute (NRWDI).


Waste in general is considered to be material that has no further use.

Radioactive waste is usually a by-product of nuclear power generation and other applications of nuclear fission or nuclear technology, such as research and medicine.

Nuclear Waste


Explore career and tender opportunities at NRWDI.

For career interests, if one of our positions matches your goals and expertise, please submit your cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to [email protected]. Indicate the job title of the vacant position. Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from NRWDI within 4 weeks after the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.