To be a world-class radioactive waste disposal organisation.
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).
To provide environmentally safe and technologically innovate radioactive waste disposal solutions for the benefit of current and future generations.
NRWDI has adopted the following corporate values, which serve as guiding principles around which its corporate culture and actions are governed and shaped. These corporate values are listed as follows:
Confidence and Trust
The biggest challenge of the management and disposal of radioactive waste is to ensure societal and political acceptance. People’s perceptions pertaining to the disposal and management of radioactive waste are driven by their fears caused by memories/perceptions of nuclear bomb explosions and weapons programs, nuclear reactor accidents, health effects associated with cancer and genetic birth effects.
Demonstrating technical competence and regulatory compliance are not enough to instil stakeholder confidence and trust. To ensure societal and political acceptance, it is imperative to ensure public participation and stakeholder engagement. Advancement of enhanced stakeholder participation and corporate transparency go hand in glove. Stakeholder confidence building strategies and policies are regional specific and must take into account cultural diversities.
- Demystify and decipher the public’s fears regarding the management and disposal of radioactive waste and
- To deepen and strengthen stakeholder acceptance, confidence and trust in the Institute.