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SAIIE Newsletter: October 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 13 October 2017 10:41

Please find attached the SAIIE October 2017 Newsletter.


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SAIIE Newsletter: September 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 13 October 2017 10:40

Please find attached the SAIIE September 2017 Newsletter.


SAIIE Newsletter September 2017.pdf 1.1M 13 Oct 17 10:40

NSTF Media Release: Investigating SET's role in the SDGs

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 16:33


Investigating SET’s role in the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focus on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all by 2030. Research and innovation have a role to play, but where, when and how?


First the United Nations organised the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Then came the SDGs, endorsed by South Africa in 2014.



The SDGs can be grouped into five categories, showing alignment with the National Development Plan (NDP) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063

·         People (social development)

·         Prosperity (economic development)

·         Planet (environmental sustainability)

·         Peace (peaceful and inclusive societies)

·         Partnerships (means of implementation)

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) brought stakeholders together for a ‘Research and innovation to support the SDGs’ Discussion Forum. This was held from 4-5 September 2017 in Gauteng. South Africa will be reporting on SDG progress in 2019 and it’s imperative that the science, engineering and technology (SET) community understands its role.  


The NSTF provides neutral collaborative platforms where issues and sectors meet

One of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) functions is to hold discussion forums, bringing the private and public sector together to make connections. 

Feedback from these discussion forums is given to stakeholders, including government.

This event was conceptualised and planned by the NSTF committee of  Science Councils and Statutory Bodies representatives



SA baseline measurements: Compared to the MDGs, the SDGs have more goals (from 8 to 17), more indicators/measurements (from 60 to 230), and more targets (from 20 to 169). In his presentation, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla noted that the South African SDG baseline report will be available on Statistics South Africa website on 9 October 2017.



Coordinating role of the Department of Science and Technology (DST): The DST’s Dr Isayvani Naicker says that the DST has a role to play across all the SDGs, particularly around enabling partnerships. This falls in line with the DST mission to develop, coordinate and manage a National System of Innovation. Coordination becomes crucial – What are people doing? Where is the duplication? How can resources be mobilised into the most-needed areas?

SET is seen as enablers for the SDGs: The Presidency is charged with collating and reporting. To reach that point, there is a need for monitoring and evaluation across government departments, business, civil society etc. SET is recognised as an enabler in the successful implementation of the SDGs, and will also help in monitoring and evaluation.


Framework around the science agenda
Of particular note is the presentation by Water Research Commission’s CEO Dhesigen Naidoo.

The WRC has taken core SDGs and reconceptualised them into a framework around the science agenda with the aim of creating an inter-related knowledge agenda.
Another key point is that not all projects will necessarily fit into the SDGs, nor should the goals be regarded as the ultimate aim – if we want SA to thrive, the SDGs must be exceeded.

Mr Lorenzo Raynard from SKA SA explained that it’s important to evaluate projects against the SDGs but it’s not about ticking boxes. There should be meaningful alignment.



A Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) has been created. This is a platform for innovators, funders and experts to connect and share relevant information. This includes connecting with complementary initiatives both online and off.  It’s about linking global resources, ease of access, reduced duplication and rapidly deploying the most successful innovations.

Aligned with this, is the South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub. It’s in the process of being developed and aims to connect development actors with research and innovations around the SDGs and other African development goals.
Moving from the MDGs to the SDGs: According to the UNDP’s Lindiwe Dhlamini in ‘Integrating agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into regional and national development plans and strategies’, there are 3 fundamental differences between the MDGs and the SDGs:

·         The SDGs “include all three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental”.

·         “The SDGs are complex and integrated, with the integrated approach implying the need to manage trade-offs and maximise synergies across targets.”

·         “The SDGs should benefit all – eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities. The promotion and use of disaggregated data cannot be emphasised  enough.”

There is a need “to go beyond silos and take an integrated approach to development interventions”. Dhlamini notes that the MDG question focused on which goals lagged and the gaps. The SDGs question is: “What are the actions that will take us forward more quickly across a broader range of interlinked goals?”
The importance of partnerships for the goals (SDG 17): The CSIR’s Dr Lorren Haywood explained that SDG 17 is critical for achieving the other SDGs. However, it is often ranked as the lowest priority. She is part of a team conducting research around collaboration. The ultimate aim is to devise a trans-disciplinary evidence-based approach for establishing and implementing partnership relationships.
The CSIR’s research to date shows five key clusters of actors needed to achieve the SDGs – United Nations (governance and support from an international perspective), government (enabling and monitoring environment), business (implementation), research and development (knowledge, technologies and innovation), and civil society (advocacy and awareness).
Currently there is a lack of partnerships and cooperation between clusters. This is specifically within government (ie between national, provincial and local levels), and between government, the private sector and civil society.
Communication, coordination, collaboration and funding are imperative. It’s clear that there needs to be a lot more communication around the SDGs, aligned funding mechanisms, and coordinating activities (from explanations on monitoring and evaluation to reporting frameworks). There also needs to be a great deal more collaboration around common goals. A centralised facilitation agency was proposed.
The research institutions play a crucial role in achieving the SDGs and NDP. The state’s budget allocation to such institutions should not continually be cut, but rather increased.
Video clips with the full presentations and discussion can be found on the NSTF web site. The NSTF will be reporting back on the SET community’s engagement with the SDGs. Please send information to enquiries@nstf.org.za

Spokesperson: Ms Jansie Niehaus (Executive Director: NSTF)


Speakers that addressed the forum can be contacted through the spokesperson. 

Tel: +27 (0)12 841-3987/2632/4995
Fax: +27 (0)12 841-3025
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Web site: www.nstf.org.za


About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.

The NSTF Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.

The science bursaries page http://www.nstf.org.za/bursary/ provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.


For more information

E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: +27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025

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Last updated Tuesday, 3 October 2017 14:33

Media Release: We all ‘do’ tourism - Science and Sustainable Tourism

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 4 September 2017 15:44

We all ‘do’ tourism

Tourism’s impact and reach is misunderstood, especially within science, engineering and technology (SET). Tourism is part of a much larger system that relates to almost every area of life. Tourism has intrinsic links to SET; yet its role and reach is not clearly understood by governments, policymakers, academics, and people in general.


NSTF national Discussion Forum onScience & Sustainable Tourism held from 3-4 August 2017 in Gauteng:

The discussion forum looked at, among other things:

·       Research in tourism

·       Research in the areas where tourism happens

·       Science tourism


The NSTF provides neutral collaborative platforms where issues and sectors meet

One of the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) functions is to hold discussion forums, bringing the private and public sector together to make connections. Feedback from these discussion forums is then given to the stakeholders, including government.



United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development: Sustainable tourism is about the optimal use of environmental resources, respecting the socio-cultural context of host communities, and providing viable long-term socio-economic benefits to all. Sustainable tourism also encompasses poverty reduction, increased employment, biodiversity protection, and working within a green economy.


SA first country to include responsible tourism in legislation: Ms Morongoe Ramphele, Deputy Director General: Tourism Sector Support Services, Department of Tourism (DoT), explained that DoT’s mandate is to develop sustainable tourism. This includes various programmes and strategies encompassing areas such as rural tourism, heritage and culture, tourism at a community level, and responsible tourism (climate change, resource efficiency, and community participation).


DoT key sustainability challenges reflect SET issues: The sustainability issues range from the inefficient use of water resources and energy to improper waste management and climate change impacts. Issues also look at biodiversity loss and poaching. Ramphele emphasised that more research is needed for all of these.


SA as a research destination and science tourism: Mr Bheki Hadebe from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) spoke about science tourism in South Africa. This can be described as visiting and exploring scientific landmarks, museums, research facilities, observatories, nature reserves and science centres. It is where scientific endeavours attract tourism.


He used the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) as an example. It turned Sutherland from a small agricultural town to a science tourism destination.  The number of visitors to Sutherland has grown exponentially.


SKA for research and science tourism: “SA has positioned itself to be an astronomy hub,” says Mr Lorenzo Raynard from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA SA). It draws audiences from across the globe and not just researchers. The country’s astronomy investments range from the SKA and the South African Astronomical Observatory (which also manages the SALT and other facilities at Sutherland) to the historical observatory in Cape Town and the Iziko Planetarium with its new digital dome.


SKA SA places a strong emphasis on science communication, outreach and community engagement, including citizen science (such as data collection). Raynard explained that the drive is to be as multi-disciplinary as possible, ensuring that history, geography, biology, archaeology etc are part of the context. Another strategic element is ensuring that local communities derive direct benefit from the project.


Tourism for economic development and inclusivity:Africa needs to diversify its economic streams beyond natural resource activities such as mining. Tourism supplies part of the solution, explained Sisa Ntshona, CEO of South African Tourism, the public entity responsible for promoting tourism in SA.


The trend in SA is opposite to that of most countries – we have higher numbers of international tourists compared to domestic tourists. Ntshona relates this back to apartheid, the legacy of contained movement and lack of inclusivity, which still remains in people’s minds. Part of the SA Tourism strategy is to increase this domestic market and to promote inclusivity.


Impact of tourism on the economy

·       Travel and tourism generated a total contribution of $27 billion to South Africa’s GDP in 2016. This is larger than that of the automotive manufacturing, agriculture, and chemical manufacturing sectors.

·       In 2016, travel and tourism sustained a total of 1.5 million direct, indirect and induced jobs in the country. This means that it directly supported nearly twice as many jobs as the mining sector and more than five times as many jobs as the automotive manufacturing sector.

(‘Benchmark Report 2017 — South Africa’,

All have a role to play in tourism: Ntshona noted that tourism benefits all industries and that SMMEs and entrepreneurship are essential to success. While South Africa has been a preferred destination for the 3 Bs (beach, berg and bush), this is a restrictive view of tourism. Ntshona says we need more products to sell, such as township tourism and agri-tourism. SA Tourism wants people and industries to understand that they all play a role in tourism, from building cities and roads to developing tourism services and picking up litter.


Tourism links into other economic sectors: Without other industries, tourism initiatives have to import products and services such as food and laundry services from other provinces (if not from other countries). Investment only remains in the area by creating a local ecosystem and value chain. While not all areas qualify as direct tourist destinations, communities and municipalities can engage in the value chain for other tourist areas by providing necessary products and services.


People key to sustainable tourism: An overriding theme is the importance of people – from the role they play in tourism development to socio-economic effects and the impact tourism can have on poverty alleviation.


Local communities must benefit: Tourism’s role needs to be clear to local communities. For example, why the land for national game parks is better used for wild animals than for grazing or agriculture and how the surrounding communities receive direct benefit (ranging from employment opportunities to the development of surrounding infrastructure).


Framework for Socio-Economic Research: Prof Melville Saayman, Director of TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society), North-West University, has a particular research focus on the socio-economic impact of tourism on communities regarding improving people’s quality of life. (He is also an NSTF-South32 Award winner.)


The professor developed the Framework for Socio-Economic Research as a conceptual model for studying the interaction between communities, attractions, businesses and tourists. It’s about identifying community benefits, identifying money spent by people, and the money received by businesses and the attractions. The framework also considers the multiplier effect ie how much money remains behind in the local area.


Tourism needs to be multidisciplinary: Collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach is not a simple task, especially in a silo-based system. There is a lack of coordination within government, academia, and business, with role players not even realising they are in tourism. Another aspect is that research into tourism in South Africa is under researched and underfunded.


Video clips with the full presentations and discussion can be found on the NSTF web site (www.nstf.org.za).


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For more information

About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), established in 1995, is a broadly-representative stakeholder body for all SET and innovation organisations in South Africa, which seeks to influence policy formulation and delivery.

The NSTF Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.

The science bursaries page http://www.nstf.org.za/bursary/ provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.


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SAIIE Newsletter: August 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:44

Please find attached the SAIIE August 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: July 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:43

Please find attached the SAIIE July 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: June 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:42

Please find attached the SAIIE June 2017 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:41

Please find attached the SAIIE May 2017 Newsletter. 


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NSTF eNews: 10 outstanding women scientists, part 2 of unpacking the NDP, and more

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 14:02


Message from NSTF Executive Director

Women’s Month 2017 – featuring 10 women in science

August is Women’s Month, so the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls attention to 10 outstanding women scientists who were crowned at the NSTF-South32 Awards or ‘Science Oscars’. These awards showcase the research and development capacity of our nation. The excellence of the winners in science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation brings hope for the advancement of our country and the social upliftment of all people in South Africa. Read more.


Science and Sustainable Tourism: 3-4 August 2017, Kempton Park, Gauteng

The NSTF is hosting a national Discussion Forum on Science and Sustainable Tourism (#ScienceTourism). SET and innovation are part of the solution to environmental sustainability – which is fundamentally linked to tourism.
Sustainable tourism crosses over into many science-related fields, from the green economy and environmental protection to astro tourism.
Attend the Discussion Forum to raise SET issues that impact on tourism policy. Click here to register. This is a FREE event for all employees of NSTF member organisations and individual members. It is aligned with #IY2017.

Upcoming Discussion Forums

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in collaboration with the Science Councils sector. This is scheduled for 4-5 September 2017. Look out for an invite in early August 2017. Topics will look at: The importance of R&D for attaining the SDGs; ways publicly-funded institutions contribute to reaching the SDGs, and the relation between institutional research strategies and the SDGs.
Language Issues in School Education taking place on 3-4 October 2017. If there are specific organisations and individuals who wish to present, please apply to Ms Wilna Eksteen at enquiries@nstf.co.za. The event takes place during the school holidays – all educators are welcome to attend (for free).

Bursary Directory

The latest SET bursary is from Anglo Ashanti Gold. Recently-added bursaries include those from: Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to find information on available bursaries, the different SET careers, and inspiring stories of people in SET. The Bursary Directory is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.

July Share ‘n Dare activities

Activities: Winners from the 2015/2016 NSTF-South32 Awards have been sharing science, engineering and technology with youth around the country. In July 2017: Prof Bhekie Mamba was on Radio 2000 on 4 July 2017, Ikwekwezi FM on 12 July 2017 and SAFM on 7 July 2017. To see upcoming activities, click here.
Collaborate with the NSTF: Organisations that would like to collaborate on outreach with the Share 'n Dare programme – and have an NSTF Award winner speak to their staff/audience/community – please contact Ms Fulufhelo Gelebe on enquiries@nstf.co.za. 

The NSTF Share 'n Dare programme is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation.

Getting to know our award winners: Prof Melville Saayman

Prof Melville Saayman is research director of Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (Trees) at North West University. A key area is determining how tourism makes a contribution to people’s lives. He won the 2016/2017 Special Award for Sustainable Tourism for Development. Read more. Join the Science and Sustainable Tourism Discussion Forum to hear his talk on nature-based tourism and a framework for socio-economic research.

Mzansi Bright Sparks

Learn more about Bronson Rudner who is studying BSc (Mathematics, Physics and Applied Maths) at the University of Cape Town.

He is one of the group of first-year students who were recognised in the 2016/2017 NSTF Brilliants Programme for top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

New NSTF members

The NSTF would like to welcome its new members:

Featured SET policy: Part 2 – The National Development Plan (NDP) and the developmental state

In a series of articles, the NSTF is unpacking the NDP. Part 2 looks at factors for creating a successful developmental state and the developmental framework. Read more.
  • “The COET Council decided to support the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) in their forthcoming court case against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Some 15 organisation have given donations to SAICE for this matter” – Chamber of Engineering Technology newsletter (July 2017) from the Chamber of Engineering Technology

  • “The CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards will be held on the 16th August 2017 at Vodacom World, in Midrand... [The awards] showcase the extent to which local built-environment professionals provide the best in engineering expertise.” – Press release from the Consulting Engineers South Africa

  • Information on maths materials for school teachers is highlighted here – the new DQME websiteLatest news from the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE). If you use any of these materials in your classroom, let NSTF know what you think on Facebook: National Science and Technology Forum



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2017 SAIIE Awards: Announcement of Winners

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:24

The winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards were announced at a prestigious gala evening on 21 July, at the Capital Moloko in Sandton.
The SAIIE Awards and Gala evening had its inaugural event on the same date last year, which seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence within the industrial engineering community. SAIIE added another category for the judges to deliberate on this year, announcing winners in four categories this year.
The winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards are:

Prof Kris Adendorff Award for Prominent Industrial Engineering Professional

  •  Mr Arno van der Merwe - President & CEO, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC)

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Educator

  •  Prof James Bekker - Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Prof Jan van Vuuren - Professor, Stellenbosch University

 SAIIE Award for Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher

  •  Dr Jacomine Grobler - Snr Lecturer, University of Pretoria
SAIIE would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 SAIIE Awards, and thank them for their monumental and continued contribution to the Industrial Engineering discipline.
To read more about our winners and other finalists, you can refer to the attached programme for this prestigious evening. For more on the Gala Evening, you can look forward to the August Newsletter.


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