South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme remained a mystery for many years. Finally, in 1993, former president FW de Klerk announced that the country had secretly built and destroyed six-and-a-half nuclear bombs.
This event launches The Bomb: South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme by Nic von Wielligh and Lydia von Wielligh-Steyn.
From 1975, von Wielligh helped produce nuclear weapons material, dismantle the nuclear weapons and provide evidence of South Africa’s credentials to the international community.
The author will be joined by a panel of well-known experts on South Africa’s nuclear weapons programme. They will provide an insider’s perspective into why South Africa developed a limited nuclear weapons deterrence and then voluntarily dismantled the programme. Lessons learnt for current and future disarmament and non-proliferation needs will be discussed.
Chair: Noel Stott, Senior Research Fellow, ISS
- Dr Nic von Wielligh, co-author of The Bomb: South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme
- Tom Wheeler, former South African Foreign Service officer
- Anna-Mart van Wyk, Head of the School of Social Science and Associate Professor of History and International Studies, Monash University, SA
Vote of thanks: Lydia von Wielligh-Steyn, co-author of The Bomb: South Africa’s Nuclear Weapons Programme