Posts tagged as science

How satellites help explain earth’s magnetic behaviour

The earth’s protective magnetic field is always restless, but every now and then something weird happens – it jerks. Although scientists have known about these rapid shifts for about 40 years, the reason why they occur has remained a frustrating mystery, until now. Since geomagnetic jerks were discovered in 1978, scientists have been trying to […]

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 […]

Government to invest R7,8-billion in the knowledge economy

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) plans to invest hundreds of millions of Rands on programmes in the knowledge economy to stimulate economic growth, enhance energy security, and promote the country as a research and development destination. The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, delivered her first budget vote as the department finalises a […]

Contribute from your CSI budget to inspire young scientists

  At industry conferences held in recent months, there have been urgent calls for companies to contribute some of their corporate social investment (CSI) activities to projects that encourage science projects at school level. Spokespeople for several industry associations and tertiary institutions agreed that South Africa’s skills shortages are not being addressed timeously in the […]

Recognised for a life dedicated to science, engineering and technology

  The minister of science and technology, Nalendi Pandor, presented a lifetime achievement award to Prof. Nicolas Beukes at the recent NSTF-South32 Awards ceremony. Prof. Beukes was recognised for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa over many years. The National Science and Technology Forum (NTSF) held a […]