Please see below pdf file of press statement issued by RPAZ in the Herald of 27 august 2020
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, His Excellency, President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa declared a Covid-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment National Lockdown order (2020).
In compliance with the above order, the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe will close its offices to the public for the 21-day period.
We are however on standby for any emergencies and other occurrences that may need our services.
Contact us on the following numbers which are available 24-hours for your convenience.
For licensing issues
RPAZ urges all users of radiation to continue following all the safety procedures for the safety of people and the environment.
RPAZ would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant in the prevention of Covid-19 and practice good personal hygeine including,
•washing hands with soap and water frequently or use of an alcohol based sanitiser
•covering your nose and mouth with tissue paper or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing
•avoiding close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing.
Working in an environment where, because of the nature of their work, colleagues – show-horses – hog the limelight at local and international conferences and seminars, it is easy to forget about the auxiliary staff – the workhorses – who toil dusk till dawn ensuring that the show-horses thrive in the arena.
Domiciled in solitude on a desk just by the entrance leading to the offices housing the show-horses at the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe – retired technical secretary Mrs Ennia Chikhambi watched and greeted each one of them, chatting a bit with this one or that one, as they strutted past her to their offices.
She was not, in the least, bothered by it all.
For the past 10 years, which is the entire life of the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe, she remained the heart and soul of the organisation, keeping its heartbeat throbbing since its birth.
Transferred from the then Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and thrust in the midst of greenhorns fresh from university, Mrs Chikhambi was one of the pioneers entrusted by Government to ensure that the Authority found its footing.
It was not easy, and in it all, she endured frustrations but she kept on going.
10 years later, as they give touching testimonials of what sort of a person she was to work with, her younger colleagues easily refer to the manner in which she would shout at anyone if she felt her demands were not met.
With hindsight, that bears testimony of her dedication to ensuring that her duties were executed diligently.
She constantly bursts out laughing heartily at the bitter-sweet memories of the decade long service to RPAZ. She surely, will be missed.
There is a lot to learn from her, says RPAZ Acting Chief Executive Officer, Justice Chipuru.
“You will always be close to our hearts. We will remember you as part of this organisation. We will be communicating regularly, tichinzwa kuti zvakamira sei, mapasuro achiuya, tinofara nazvo. As a member of the RPAZ, you need to walk with your held high because with you in the past 10years, the organisation has achieved a lot more than many other similar organisations across the world, including some that started as early as 1957”.
Former Chief Licencing Officer Sindiso Ncube sees in her a fountain of knowledge and information about the operations of the organisations.
“She understood all the facilities that we licensed and inspected better than anyone here. She would tell you who to meet for assistance in your job wherever you went to do inspections. She taught me what radiation is all about. When I got here I didn’t know what this was about but she took me through all the basics. She was more knowledgeable about radiation than many scientists here,” he said.
As she bid the organisation farewell at a party held in her honour, Mrs Chikhambi could not pass the opportunity to impart some wise counsel.
“My advise to you young ones here, work hard. Pray for your management too. There is a lot of potential for growth here. Take it,” she pleaded.
In all the music and dance that followed, it remained, as it shall for a long while to come, very difficult to accept that she truly has retired from the organisation.
Her contribution however remains key as, at 10 years, RPAZ continues to protect the people and the environment against the effects of radiation.
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe has turned 10 years, marking a decade that has seen the organisation transforming lives through awareness, education, serving and ultimately, protecting the people and the environment against the harmful effects of radiation. In all this, we have excelled.
Join us in celebrating our 10 year story, but even more, walk with us as we continue to grow, each day, every day.
Notice: License Expiration Extension.
RPAZ would like to advise all licensees that the validity of authorizations which were set to expire on 31 December 2019 have been extended to 31 January 2020. This is due to administrative reviews within the licensing system.
Please refer to the official communication attached below, Thank you.
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) is a statutory body established under the Radiation Protection Act [Chapter 15:15] of 2004 with a mandate to protect people and the environment against effects of radiation.
The Authority is hereby reminding all users of ionising radiation and radiation related equipment to start processing their licence renewals for 2019 in line with the provisions of Statutory Instrument 134 of 2011. The renewal for the year 2019 licenses is now open as from October 1, 2018.
A provision has been made for users to make flexible payments towards the licence fees between now and December 31, 2018.
Users are encouraged to use the Electronic Licensing Application Management (eLAM) system for swift application and processing of authorizations on: elam.rpaz.co.zw . A guide on the eLAM is available for download here.
All authorisations issued by RPAZ in line with the Radiation Protection Act [Chapter 15:15] expire on the 31st of December of each year and all licensees must be renewed on or before. Any application for renewal submitted after this date shall attract a 30% penalty fee charged in accordance with Statutory Instrument 106 of 2011.
It is illegal to operate radiation emitting devices without a licence from the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe and all such entities are required to regularise their operations with the Authority with immediate effect.
The fee schedule is available for download here.
For further information, please contact us on the details given below:
1 McCaw Drive/King George Road
Box A1710, Avondale, Harare
Telephone: 263-242-335627/83 or 263-242-304978
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe advises all entities involved in practices and activities listed below to conduct NORM assessments and submit findings to the Authority by 31 December 2018 in fulfillment of the Radiation Protection (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) Regulations (Statutory Instrument 99 of 2013).
- Mining and comminution of ore,
- Physical mineral separation processes,
- Wet chemical extraction processes,
- Thermal processes for extraction,
- Processing and combustion of minerals;
(Mining and mineral processing, Industrial and Mining Laboratories, Refractories, Refurbishers, Water Treatment and Purification , Facilities involved in production and processing of Ceramics and Building Materials, quarry mining, Scrap Processors and Smelters, Fertilizers Producers, Thermal power stations, boilers and coking coal producers . )
Entities are further advised that assessments should only be conducted by persons and radiochemical analysis laboratories accredited by the Authority and according to specific guidance issued by the Authority.
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) is a statutory body established under the Radiation Protection Act [Chapter 15:15] of 2004 with a mandate to protect people, both current and future generations and the environment against effects of radiation.
The official document can be found here.
For further inquiries please contact us at 1 McCaw Drive, Avondale, Harare, and Phone number 0242335627, 0242335683, 0242304982, 0242308006
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) takes part in a movement to embrace a cancer-free world. RPAZ has addressed its role in reducing cancer in Zimbabwe and embracing a cancer-free generation at large. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
“WE CAN. I CAN”
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