A Necsa spokesperson confirmed Adams’ resignation, which had allegedly resulted from him not having enough time to devote to the country’s only state-owned nuclear products company, given his other role as managing director of the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Necsa conducts research and development in nuclear energy, radiation sciences and technology. It is responsible for uranium enrichment and produces radio isotope medicines.
The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union last month held a picket to oppose 400 job cuts at Necsa and called for the resignation of the recently appointed Necsa board.
Adam had been appointed after former Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe suspended the former chairperson, Dr Kelvin Kemm, along with the entire board. At the time, Radebe cited acts of defiance, ineptitude and a failure to address serious setbacks with the production of medical radioisotopes, used in cancer treatment.