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South African, Tebogo Seokolo to head UN nuclear body

October 4, 2016 4:47 pm

A South African, Tebogo Seokolo will chair the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the first time since 1959.

Tebogo Seokolo was appointed on Monday and will serve for a year on the strategic multilateral body, which has the responsibility to ensure the safe use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.south-african-tebogo-seokolo-to-head-un-nuclear-body

The position provides South Africa with an opportunity to support UN member states that are pursuing nuclear energy in order to generate electricity.

Minister for International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomed the appointment.

“This election is an affirmation of South Africa’s leadership role on the world-stage in general, and specifically on matters of nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” she said.

South Africa is a founding member of the IAEA, and attaches great importance to the mandate of the agency. This year marks the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s agreement to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the signing and entry into force of Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the Treaty of Pelindaba, which created an African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, as a means towards the establishment of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

In recent years, the IAEA has played a prominent role in assisting its members to implement their regional and national development plans. In Africa, for example, the IAEA is involved in assisting affected countries to use nuclear techniques to eradicate mosquitoes and tsetse flies in order to control resultant diseases, like malaria.

During the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the IAEA, in partnership with other countries, used nuclear techniques for the early detection and treatment of the disease. The IAEA also uses nuclear techniques to detect and treat animal diseases that impact on human health.

South Africa is highly regarded by IAEA member states due to the development of its peaceful nuclear programme. Through the power plant in Koeberg, the country generates 5 percent of its total electricity supply from nuclear energy.

Author: Gesture Chidhanguro

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