The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is very happy with the success of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), reports DST Director General Dr Phil Mjwara. He was speaking following the recent announcement by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of the establishment of 54 new research chairs. This move followed the creation, in February, of new Centres...

The last of the 64 foundations for the dishes for South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array was poured on February 11, SKA South Africa (SKA SA) recently announced. The 64-dish MeerKAT will be a precursor to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, which will be jointly hosted by South Africa and Australia. Go to Source Tags: south africa,...

The Department of Science and Technology reported on Tuesday that Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom had authorised the creation of five new Centres of Excellence (CoEs). The purpose of CoEs is to drive joint interdisciplinary research between research institutions and to develop high level skills in “priority research areas”. “The new CoEs will contribute...

In 1978, my wife, Ginger, and I began daily 30- to 60-minute walks in our neighborhood in a weight-control effort. We found that we enjoy this activity together. It is the time when we talk about a full range of topics: family issues, financial discussions, career decisions, information exchange, and even neighborhood gossip. Walking has become an important part of our...

As part of a bilateral R3-million Scientific Seminar Scheme between South Africa and the UK, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills will host a South Africa-UK Science and Technology Workshop to enhance research collaborations between both countries. The £200 000 workshop, which would run from...

The question is not which narrative is true, but which will win? Is Africa rising or falling? Over the last 50 years, the answer to this question has been debated and examined from every angle. Even today there exist vastly different views on what Africa’s future holds. At the heart of this discussion are more than 1 billion men, women, and children living within 54...

Science and Technology Minister Derek Hankom would in February host the first Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) science, technology and innovation (STI) ministerial meeting, in Kleinmond, in the Western Cape. The meeting was one of the activities agreed upon in the declaration and work plan adopted at the fifth Brics summit, which took place in Durban...