SOUTH AFRICA;S SCIENCE AND TECH DEPT TO DEVELOP HUMAN CAPITAL, MODERNISE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

CAPE TOWN, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says her department will use a significant portion of its 2017/18 budget of 7.5 billion Rand (about 561.2 million US dollars) to develop human capital and modernize the country’s research infrastructure.

Science, technology and innovation are key to equitable economic growth, underpinning economic advances and improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure, she told a media briefing Tuesday ahead of tabling her Budget Vote to the National Assembly here.

Pandor said that internationally, science, technology and related innovations were recognized as future sources of economic growth, with the potential to create new types of jobs, and provide new solutions to problems trapping people in poverty, such as poor health and water shortages.

She added that the National Development Plan (NDP) had noted that developments in science, technology and innovation (STI) fundamentally altered the way people lived, communicated and transacted, with profound effects on economic growth and development.

The NDP argues that countries that are able to tackle poverty effectively by growing economies that are characterised by strong capabilities in STI, and acknowledge the role that STI can play in addressing the interlinked challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, she said.

Pandor said her department had sharpened its focus on the ways in which its work and the work of the broader national system of innovation could contribute to addressing South Africa’s most pressing challenges. She added that the department added value to the efforts of the rest of government and industry to implement the NDP by providing cutting-edge science and technology to enable effective decision-making.

Minister Pandor said the department’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan identified the need to provide decisive support to improve government services and functions. An audit undertaken in 2016/17 had identified at least 19 services or functions where the investments of the department and its entities were providing support.

Pandor said her department would ensure that at least 80 per cent of postgraduate students receiving support through the National Research Foundation (NRF) bursary programme are black, 55 per cent are women and 4.0 per cent are people with disabilities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA;S SCIENCE AND TECH DEPT TO DEVELOP HUMAN CAPITAL, MODERNISE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

CAPE TOWN, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says her department will use a significant portion of its 2017/18 budget of 7.5 billion Rand (about 561.2 million US dollars) to develop human capital and modernize the country’s research infrastructure.

Science, technology and innovation are key to equitable economic growth, underpinning economic advances and improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure, she told a media briefing Tuesday ahead of tabling her Budget Vote to the National Assembly here.

Pandor said that internationally, science, technology and related innovations were recognized as future sources of economic growth, with the potential to create new types of jobs, and provide new solutions to problems trapping people in poverty, such as poor health and water shortages.

She added that the National Development Plan (NDP) had noted that developments in science, technology and innovation (STI) fundamentally altered the way people lived, communicated and transacted, with profound effects on economic growth and development.

The NDP argues that countries that are able to tackle poverty effectively by growing economies that are characterised by strong capabilities in STI, and acknowledge the role that STI can play in addressing the interlinked challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, she said.

Pandor said her department had sharpened its focus on the ways in which its work and the work of the broader national system of innovation could contribute to addressing South Africa’s most pressing challenges. She added that the department added value to the efforts of the rest of government and industry to implement the NDP by providing cutting-edge science and technology to enable effective decision-making.

Minister Pandor said the department’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan identified the need to provide decisive support to improve government services and functions. An audit undertaken in 2016/17 had identified at least 19 services or functions where the investments of the department and its entities were providing support.

Pandor said her department would ensure that at least 80 per cent of postgraduate students receiving support through the National Research Foundation (NRF) bursary programme are black, 55 per cent are women and 4.0 per cent are people with disabilities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK