Posts tagged as DST

Research and innovation to boost job creation

South Africa’s efforts to grow the economy and create jobs through research and innovation topped the agenda at the first Innovation Bridge technology showcase and matchmaking event held in Pretoria earlier this week. The provided opportunities for local and international technology-based companies, entrepreneurs and financiers to scout for technology solutions and investment opportunities. During the […]

DST launches alternative energy solution

  Dr. Phil Mjwara, the director-general of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), officially launched an innovative 2,5 kW hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) power generator at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on 18 November 2014, demonstrating South Africa’s innovative capabilities in the emerging hydrogen fuel cell technology (HFCT) arena. This prototype was […]

Stemming de-industrialisation to grow manufacturing output

  South African manufacturers urgently need government to pursue solutions to enable the country to fulfill its manufacturing potential, Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad Bezuidenhout said at the Siemens Future of Manufacturing event.     Manufacturing has lost more than 300 000 jobs since the global financial crisis because these goals have not been pursued […]

Launch of 2013 SPOT 5 national mosaic

  The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Earth Observation directorate launched the 2013 SPOT 5 National Coverage Level 3 and National Mosaic imagery on 5 September 2014. It also for the first time released SPOT 6 National Coverage Level 3 imagery, which still needs to processed into mosaic imagery.  Various representatives from the user community were […]

Developing concept paper on EO infrastructure

  The South African Group on Earth Observations (SA-GEO) Secretariat, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the intergovernmental GEO umbrella, recently convened the third EO Infrastructure Community of Practice (CoP) meeting. The EO Infrastructure CoP set out to discuss the development of a concept paper on EO Infrastructure, get an […]

South Africa to spend R6,47-billion on science and technology

  The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor announced in Parliament that during the 2014/2015 financial year the country will spend R6.47-bllion on science and technology; with the largest portion of the budget,  R3,5-billion, allocated to research and development of which  R1,7-billion is to be spent on research grants and bursaries. With the minister’s […]

DST to focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan

  Shortly after her appointment as Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor  called a media briefing to  outline  her plans on how her department will focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan. Top priorities are skills development, knowledge-generation and -exploitation (R&D/innovation). The minister said that following her appointment she met with the […]