Need to investe more in Science and Technology sector
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the need to invest more into the sector had never been greater.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Pandor explained that her department – which received a clean audit during the previous financial year – had made considerable progress during her tenure at the helm but also highlighted the need to build on those successes, if South Africa and Africa were to achieve their science and technology objectives.“South Africa is not investing enough in science, technology and innovation,” Minister Pandor told Members of Parliament on Tuesday.“If we do not change this trend, we will be overtaken by nations that have less capacity and knowledge resources than we have,” added a concerned Pandor, suggesting that this could be an opportunity lost for the country.
Pandor explained to parliamentarians that Science and Technology was exactly placed to help spearhead economic growth in South Africa, if and when talented young people are identified and developed.“We intend to strengthen our efforts to reach the youth,” said Pandor about efforts to make Science and Technology a more attractive option.Another area which could benefit tremendously from a more extensive and better equipped science sector was local government, falling in line with this year’s theme of local government elections.
“We will assist municipalities in creating innovation centres that will work with our agencies, local universities and the private sector,” explained Pandor.“These partnerships will enable us to identify and tackle local and national problems. The Department continues to collaborate with district municipalities to build and strengthen science capacity to advance local economic development,” she said.