Pandor announces 2017 science budget, SKA ambitions still on track

Sarah Wild South Africa would dedicate R128,7-million to international co-operation and relations to secure partnerships in the international domain and create research opportunities for its researchers, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told a media briefing in Cape Town on 16 May 2017. A major reason for this was to make up for government funding shortfalls and currency volatility. The

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The top 10 things you need to know about SA’s R&D survey

The National Survey of Research and Experimental Development is a delicious smorgasbord of numbers, a snapshot of South Africa’s National System of Innovation. For those who don’t have the time to read the report (or have an aversion to deciphering the numbers), here are the highlights: 1. In 2014-15, South Africa spent R29.345-billion on research and development (R&D). That’s up

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2017’s science budget goes up, but the money buys less

Analysis On paper, South Africa’s science and technology budget continues to edge up. On Wednesday, finance minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his national budget to Parliament, sharing out the country’s R1.56-trillion. The department of science and technology’s budget’s looks set to continue to increase: From R7,44-billion in 2015-16, and R7,43-billion in 2016-17,  it will be hitting R7,56-billion in 2017-18. Going further,

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20 things to know about SA’s research infrastructure roadmap

.@dstgovza unveils SA research infrastructure roadmap, first of its kind on the continent 1/20 — Sarah Wild (@sarahemilywild) October 4, 2016 “World-class research infrastructure is the basis for building competitive knowledge-based activities,” @dstgovza minister Pandor said 2/20 — Sarah Wild (@sarahemilywild) October 4, 2016 Total budget for 1st five years = R1.97bn, but only years 1-3 have definite funding of

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South Africa’s university system at a “tipping point”

More than 1,200 South African academics are warning that the country’s university system is at a tipping point as a result of chronic underfunding. The researchers from 18 South African universities have signed an open letter to the president Jacob Zuma, higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande and finance minister Pravin Gordhan. The letter, sent on 11 August and

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South Africa’s still in the R&D doldrums: the 10 things you need to know

South Africa’s latest R&D figures were slipped into the public domain last week, with none of the fanfare of previous years. It is easy to understand why. Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor has been pushing increased investment in research and development, and these figures seem to show that no one is listening. The hopeful possibility is that it is taking time for

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Industry doubles government research chair spend

For every R1 invested in the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), industry had invested R2, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in Cape Town on Wednesday. The SARChI, established in 2005, aims to address the shortage of postgraduate supervisors and increase the country’s research output. Research chairs are exempt from the teaching requirements of other academic staff and

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10 things to know about SA’s 2016 science budget vote

To save you having to watch Parliament TV when no one is toyi-toying, or reading the minister’s 17-page speech, here are my top 10 things to take away from this year’s science and technology budget vote. #1 @SKA_Africa has supported 730 students and researchers, from undergrads to postdocs since 2005 #DSTBV2016 #SAscience — Sarah Wild (@sarahemilywild) April 19, 2016 #2

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