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Home Affairs says it will introduce the first smart ID card in the second quarter of this current financial year. Speaking during her budget presentation to Parliament, Home Affairs minister, Naledi Pandor, said the smart ID cards would be rolled out to all first-time ID and re-issue applicants. The department is currently piloting the smart ID […]
In November, Home Affairs said it would soon issue the tender for printing infrastructure for the smart card ID project. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) says it is on track with its smart ID initiative and the upgrading of its IT infrastructure. “We are on track with our modernisation programme – the upgrading of […]
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will spend R110 million on internship programmes as it battles the severe drain of scientists in the public sector. Speaking at the National Science and Technology Forum, minister Naledi Pandor, noted that government needed to develop strategies to respond to the loss of skilled professionals – saying SA was running out […]
Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, says she hopes a decision on the host site for the multi-billion rand Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope will be made at the end of May.
Addressing Parliament during her budget vote speech, Pandor noted that while no decision had been taken on the host country – she was still confident that SA had submitted the winning bid.
“The bidding countries submitted all the required technical information and we are impatiently awaiting the outcome of what we hope will be a final site consideration meeting on 25 May,” Pandor says.
Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, says she is not surprised by information in leaked reports which reveals that SA is the preferred site to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
As the process to select the wining country to host the billion rand project reaches its conclusion, Pandor has emphasised that SA and its SKA partner countries have a site which is able to demonstrate scientific, technical and cost superiority.
“We were not surprised at the outcome of the SSAC deliberations as reported in the Australian press, as we have always been confident of the scientific and technical strength of our bid,” Pandor stated.
Despite making strides in innovation and technology commercialisation, increasing the number of black-owned technology companies was still a challenge, says the Department of Science and Technology.
Speaking during the Technology Top 100 Awards in Johannesburg, Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, noted the awards would be key in stimulating entrepreneurship.
“One of our greatest challenges is to expand the number of black-owned technology companies. This can be seen not only in the response to the Technology Top 100 programme but also in other programmes such as the First National Bank Entrepreneur programme.”
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will open a science centre in the Northern Cape as part of its programme to improve science awareness in schools.
The DST currently sponsors 30 science centres across the country through its Youth in Science programme, and the Mothibistad is the first for Northern Cape. The purpose for the establishment of the science centres it to enhance science and technology literacy among the youth and the public and to nurture youth talent with potential for science and technology based careers.
Deputy Science and Technology minister, Derek Hanekom, will deliver a keynote address at the opening of the first science centre for the province in Mothibistad, next to Kuruman. The event will take place on Friday, 21 October 201.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) says it has collaborated with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) consortium to attract young people into science and engineering careers and to develop expertise in industry.
Speaking during the opening of the International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town – Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, emphasised the role young graduates would play in the SKA project.
“Our young scientists and engineers have been able to jump to a leading role in many of the areas of development of the SKA, because of the excellent skills imparted by our universities and the expertise and experience that they have picked up from our partners. Our industries, too, have been very innovative. They have designed and built innovative equipment for the telescopes,” Pandor explained.
SA and Mauritius will build a low frequency array telescope with stations in both countries, as the countries prepare for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) bid.
The low frequency array will be called Multifrequency Interferometry Telescope for Radio Astronomy (MITRA) and is set to enhance research and development co-operation between the two countries.
The MITRA is radio astronomy project which aims to do extremely wide field imaging with heterogeneous non coplanar
arrays. The planning started a few years ago in a collaboration led by Girish Kumar Beeharry, from the University of Mauritius(UOM), and Stuart David Macpherson and Gary Peter Janse Van Vuuren, from the Durban University of Technology (DUT).
The first two MITRA nodes are being developed collaboratively at the Mauritius Radio Telescope site at Bras d’Eau, Poste de Flacq and at the DUT campus site, Durban, South Africa.
Following the submission of final bid documents to host the multi-billion rand Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, government says it is confident it had put in a winning bid.
Science and Technology minister, Naledi Pandor, emphasised that the country was hopeful it would be selected to host the major radio telescope.
“Africa will provide a home for the SKA to do revolutionary science. Our bid is a strong, cost-effective and robust proposal for building the Square Kilometre Array in Africa. Our site is orders of magnitude better than any existing observatory and is protected by the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act.