Posts tagged as DST

20 July: The 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which SA helped plan

Man first walked on the moon fifty years ago on 20 July 1969 While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Neil Amstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s landing on the moon, few people know that the place where Eagle landed was planned from information researched by scientists working at the Hartebeesthoek deep space […]

DST best performing department

Judging from the 2017/18 financial year clean audit and maintaining an 89% performance against predetermined objectives, the Department of Science and Technologu (DST) is by far the best performing department in government. Appreciation should go the Director General, Dr Phil Mjwara and his staff for their continued dedication to grow our science and technology base. […]

SA joins global project on fourth industrial revolution

South Africa and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have signed an accord to establish an affiliate centre of the WEF’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre (C4IR). The WEF established the C4IR in San Francisco in the USA in March 2017, as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate […]

In conversation with… Dr Happy Sithole

HPC focus must shift to SMMEs The initiative to establish a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility in South Africa came from the academic research community. When Dr Happy Sithole was working on his PhD in material science, there was a small cluster of super computers at the University of Limpopo, but for some very large […]

Draft white paper on science, technology and innovation unveiled

Twenty years after the adoption of the first White Paper on Science and Technology (DST) in 1996, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) began developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), which was approved by Cabinet in September 2018. The new document will ensure a growing role for STI […]