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Welcome To Our Institute


The National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute of South Africa (NRWDI)

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 Head Office
Elias Motsoaledi Street Extension
R104 Pelindaba, Brits Magisterial District
Madibeng Municipality,0240
Telephone: +27 (12) 305 3222
Facsimile +27 (12) 305 3200

Dedicated to Professional Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal Services

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Managing Radioactive Waste in South Africa


Transporting of Radioactive Waste


Radioactive waste is transported by road to Vaalputs in metal containers and concrete containers. Transportation is carried out in terms of the safety and security measures prescribed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) transport regulations. Transport vehicles are subject to constant surveillance by means of satellite tracking systems and need to adhere to strict transportation schedules.

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After placing of nuclear waste drums, and covering drums with clay and done with capping process. A natural flora is restored.


At Vaalputs, the drums are carefully inspected and monitored for conformance, before being packed, by type, into 8m deep trenches. Within two months, the drums are covered with a layer of soil from the area followed by a layer of compacted clay. Once the trench is full, a further half meter of soil is overlaid so that the natural vegetation can once again establish itself.

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