Time for Africa to increase its contribution to space economy – Pandor

The African continent had to move away from being a “client” in terms of accessing scientific information to rather having customers coming to the continent to access its information, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday. Speaking at the opening of the tenth African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment conference, in Johannesburg, the Minister noted that while Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries still dominated the space economy, times were changing.
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SA needs more inclusive innovation environment

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South Africa’s current innovation landscape was based on exclusivity, preventing ordinary citizens from participating in this space, National Advisory Council on Innovation (Naci) policy investigation senior specialist Dr Ntsane Moleleki said on Friday at a National Science and Technology Forum plenary session. Moleleki said the country’s citizens possessed significant indigenous knowledge systems that could be used to develop new business ideas, stating, however, that these businesses would find it difficult to secure funding in the current innovation environment.
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Denel group launches new South African aircraft project

South African aerospace companies Denel Aerostructures (DAe) and Denel Aviation, both part of the State-owned Denel Group, have unveiled a major new project – the South African Regional Aircraft (SARA). This is aimed at meeting a gap in the global market, preserving South Africa’s aerospace design and development capabilities, while also stimulating the country’s young aerospace engineers and technicians.
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Physics in SA faces great opportunities and major challenges

In South Africa, the science of physics is today caught in a situation of paradox. “For physics in South Africa, it’s the best of times and the worst of times,” asserts South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) President Prof Irvy "Igle" Gledhill. “We have tremendous projects, such as the biggest radio telescope in the world, and at the same time we have a crisis in education. We have to handle both things at the same time.”
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Japan seeks to deepen educational, training and research ties with SA

Japan is working with a number of South African tertiary educational institutions, including the Tshwane University of Technology, to set up at least one Human Resources Development Centre in this country. At the TICAD V summit in June last year, Japan promised to create ten such centres across Africa. (TICAD stands for Tokyo International Conference on African Development; it was launched in 1993 and is held every five years.)
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South Africa emerges as leading global nuclear medicine supplier

Nuclear medicine is defined by the Department of Medical Physics of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of the Witwatersrand as “a speciality that makes use of radioactive tracers that emit gamma rays to assess the physio- logical functioning of organs and systems in the body”. These radioactive tracers are called radio- pharmaceuticals. The US-based but international Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging explains: “[In] nuclear medi- cine imaging, the …
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SA research project launched into using fuel cells for commercial airliners

A research partnership has been launched in South Africa in a quest to make air transport more environmentally and economically sustainable. Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, the National Aerospace Centre and Airbus are working together on research into using fuel cells on aircraft.
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