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Media Release: Finding a path through the maze – the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Monday, 25 February 2019 17:50

Finding a path through the maze – the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for SET, industry, society and education #4IRsciZA

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) feels like the ghost in the machine. We have a sense about it. We know it’s coming or may already be here. It seems to be all around us. However, there isn’t a common understanding of what 4IR actually means.

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) held an NSTF Discussion Forum on ‘Implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for SET, industry, society and education’. The event was held in Cape Town from 11-13 September 2018. It ran alongside the Innovation Summit. The aim was to unpack some of the issues around 4IR, with reference to science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation.

So what is 4IR?

There are many names and definitions for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). 4IR is the naming convention used for this article as it’s a widely-communicated definition from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF positions the First Industrial Revolution to be that of mechanisation and steam and water power. The Second Industrial Revolution looks at mass production, division of labour, assembly lines, and electricity. The third is seen as electronics, ICT, and automated production.

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 address important issues and engage with government policy.

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  • Recommendations are put forward to government as part of the SET community’s lobbying efforts.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about the emergence of cyber-physical systems, network and artificial intelligence (AI). Cyber-physical systems involve new ways of embedding technology within larger societies, communities, and even in the human body.
 
Presenting at the NSTF Discussion Forum, Garth Williams says the dominant narrative is the convergence of technologies and convergence of the physical, digital and biological space. Williams is a Research Specialist: Intelligence at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), who previously worked at the Department of Science and Technology (DST). He presented in his own capacity. 
 
There is debate around whether what is happening is, actually, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are numerous frameworks available, ranging from this being an extension of the Third Industrial Revolution to Society 5.0. However, we need a name relevant to South Africa.
 

Is it the name or the aim?

Williams says focusing on what a country wants to achieve is more important than emphasising the name. Across the world, aims and objectives range from improving competitiveness and developing 4.0 technologies to enhancing digital start-ups and ecosystems.

Let’s consider South Africa’s objectives. Williams says this is an emergent process with various research and policies, such as the National development Plan (NDP), outlining the challenges. An overarching NDP aim is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality while advancing the economy and increasing South Africa’s competitiveness.
 
Williams’ message is ‘Don’t use technology just for technology’s sake’. It needs to be part of a larger context.
 

Looking at the 4IR technologies

There are numerous technologies associated with 4IR, and they come with a lot of jargon. Following are some of the technologies:
  • Autonomous robots and vehicles

  • The Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Cyber security, fraud detection, and authentication

  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

  • Big Data and advanced analytics

  • Augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearables

  • System integration

  • Edge and cloud computing

  • Smart mobile devices

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)

  • Blockchain technologies (which is part of how bitcoin works)

  • Advanced human-machine interfaces

  • High bandwidth networks

  • Smart and internet-worked sensors
     

Impact on economic development

Williams notes that sustainable economic growth relies on productivity growth which is driven by technological change. Furthermore, “key breakthroughs… have underpinned surges in society and the economy”. 
 
For South Africa to catch up and become truly competitive, there are various factors that need to be considered:

  • We need to take the opportunities available in 4IR that are appropriate for South Africa. Williams specifically notes focusing on indigenous challenges and opportunities. Part of this is using 4IR technologies to create industries for processing raw materials (as opposed to sending raw materials out and buying the manufactured products back).  Dr Fisseha Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist from the Council for Scientific and Industrial (CSIR) Meraka ICT Institute, says that connectivity (to the internet) is critical for making the most of opportunities. However, it needs to be affordable to ensure social inclusion for all South Africans.

  • South Africa needs to do its own R&D on technologies and also manage (assimilate and adapt) inbound technologies. An example of this is some of the work done in scientific computing at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa. NSTF Discussion Forum presenter, Mr Simon Ratcliffe, is the Technical Lead for Scientific Computing at the SKA. He explains that at various times they had to build their own hardware from scratch or re-engineer. Data storage was developed and manufactured locally, showing how SKA can seed other industries. The homegrown solutions meant not having to use expensive overseas resources nor paying for expensive software licences. Mr Ratcliffe says that the democratisation of tools (ie the access to open source tools) was a key enabling factor.

  • Part of 4IR is building people’s capabilities and skills around technology. Dr Tshiamo Motshegwa notes that we need to think about skills that make us relevant in the future. (He is from the Computer Science faculty, University of Botswana. He also represents the Southern African Development Community – SADC – Cyber Infrastructure Expert Working Group.) The 4IR technologies noted above are a guide to some of the future skills needed.
     

Digital transformation and disruptive technologies

Dr Motshegwa explained that digital transformation is about the outcomes achieved when entities, such as businesses, fully leverage the changes and opportunities that digital technologies bring.

Digital disruption refers to the changes that occur when new digital technologies and business models impact an entity’s value proposition (offering), market position, and competitiveness. Examples include Uber shaking up the taxi industry and Airbnb changing the hotel industry. Other industries and sectors that have been significantly changed by 4IR technologies are: bookstores, print advertising, music, and photography.
 
These definitions of digital transformation and disruption are based on those from the Learning Experience, Cisco Networking Academy. Note that other definitions and meanings also exist.
 

Reacting to 4IR

There is a lot of anxiety around 4IR. One example is ‘technology singularity’. This represents the time when machines and AI are so advanced, they surpass humans as the smartest and most capable beings on Earth. For many people, there is a more immediate concern – all signs point to 4IR technologies driving job losses as ‘machines’ take over jobs. Current thinking envisages rote and routine jobs as being the most vulnerable.

There will most probably be job losses, especially in the low-skilled sectors, says Prof Babu Paul. He is the Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg. Further to that job creation will probably not match job losses, plus the nature of current jobs will evolve. This means education becomes critical, as does reskilling and upskilling. A national dialogue is needed.

Williams says we have a choice, collectively and individually. It isn’t an ‘either/or’ ie being led by technology versus society defining the way. He sees society and technology as co-evolving, where technology is embedded in society. South Africans need to shape their own future, including taking measures to prevent widening inequality and deepening poverty.


South Africa and 4IR

South Africa has plans around 4IR. Williams says these include a government-wide 4IR Country Strategy and Action Plan. It will be led by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and supported by DST and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The group will report to The Presidency. It is looking at various thematic areas:
  • Digital society, ICT policy, and regulatory and legislative reforms

  • Innovation, research, and development

  • Economic policy and inclusive growth

  • Industrial restructuring and trade

  • Labour market restructuring

  • Education and skills development

  • Transforming government and service delivery

Science, technology and innovation initiatives will be led by the DST, informing the national strategy and aligned with DST strategies, policies and plans. The department will be supported by TIA, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), and CSIR.
 
Ms Nontombi Marule-Director: Innovation and Technology Policy, the dti, notes the regulatory implications for 4IR need to be managed. This is not a simple matter due to the fast-changing pace of technology advances, technology disruption, and the extensive impact on systems. She says that a paradigm shift is needed, such as policy and regulation that is futuristic and agile.
 
Dr Mekuria advocates strongly for technology test beds as part of evidence-based research to inform decision making. Test beds are “crucial platforms to perform a controlled testing of relevant 4IR use cases before introduction commercially”.
 

Implications of 4IR for industry

NSTF Discussion Forum presenter, Dr Nimrod Zalk from the dti, says that there have been no cases of successful catch-up by developing countries with advanced economies without industrialisation. Furthermore, successful industrialisation has to have an industrial policy. Countries best placed to benefit from 4IR are those with an established industrial base.
 
Dr Zalk sees 4IR, specifically technological change, as “often more evolution than revolution”. Various 4IR technologies aren’t that new (for example, robotics and additive manufacturing). It has just taken a long time for the technology to spread. He suggests integrating 4IR considerations into organisational, sector, and industrial strategies rather than ‘dropping everything’ for the 4IR.
 
In terms of industry opportunities around 4IR, Dr Zalk provides the automotive-mining nexus as an example. With the global shift to electric vehicles, there is a reduced need for fossil fuels. However, this shift means an increased demand for platinum group metals (PGM) minerals. He says that South Africa needs to be in at the start with developing new sources of demand for PGMs.
 

Collaboration and partnerships – including a regional perspective

For South Africa, Williams notes that the overriding aim is to tackle big societal problems such as high youth unemployment and water scarcity. This is a multi-disciplinary endeavour and that means partnerships. The issues also straddle the mandates of various government departments. This means more collaboration between traditionally-siloed government departments.

We need collaboration and integration at all levels so we can all benefit. This is the message from SADC’s Dr Motshegwa. To move forward with regional 4IR strategies, we need alignment with the various regional and national policies. We need to invest in supporting infrastructure and human capital development and skills for regional collaboration.
 

The importance of Big Data

The general definition of Big Data describes large volumes of structured and unstructured data that can be mined for information. How we use this data (analysis and interpretation) can reveal patterns and trends, and more. Dr Motshegwa says we need to share data, and that includes data from government departments.
 
Dr Motshegwa notes the emerging policy consensus of FAIR data – findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. He explains that FAIR data is extremely important within the SET and innovation environment. Considering that research data is publicly funded it should automatically be a public asset. Open research data also provides the evidence, allowing for reproducibility and self-correction while reducing replication.
 
Open data practices have transformed certain areas of research, such as genomics and astronomy. Furthermore, research data often have considerable potential for reuse and reinterpretation. All this fosters innovation and accelerates scientific discovery.
 

How does the smart city fit into all of this?

According to Prof Babu Paul, the Smart City uses smart technology and Big Data, for example, to improve quality and performance in services (energy, transportation and utilities). This can reduce resource consumption, waste, and overall costs. Prof Paul is the Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg.
 
Components of a smart city include: smart manufacturing, smart government, WiFi, digital citizens, open data, smart agriculture, smart buildings, smart energy grids, smart waste management and other utilities, and smart transport.
 
Examples of potential smart city job titles of the future are: urban informatics analyst, energy efficiency engineer, autonomous transport technician, virtual reality technician, and cybersecurity officer.
 

Finding clarity

There was much discussion around the presentations. Following are some of the points raised:
  • There needs to be a common understanding, definition, and standards for 4IR – specific to the South African context. Information needs to be clear and practical and cover the entire ecosystem. There should also be clear communication about the limitations, potential harm, and ethics with the various 4IR issues.

  • The process of coordination and collaboration for 4IR needs to be made clear to all. Individuals and entities should be able to ‘plug into’ the larger coordinated structure. The SET community need specific goals and actions around 4IR. These should include real-life examples rather than conceptual terminology.  


Speakers can be contacted through the spokesperson, Ms Jansie Niehaus.
Video clips with the full presentations can be found on the NSTF website.

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

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

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SAIIE Newsletter: February 2019

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:27

Please find attached the SAIIE February 2019 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: December 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:58

Please find attached the SAIIE December 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: November 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:57

Please find attached the SAIIE November 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter: October 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:56

Please find attached the SAIIE October 2018 Newsletter. 


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Call for nominations: 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 30 November 2018 17:48

 

 

 

Call for nominations now open: NSTF-South32 Awards 2018/2019 

Register nominations online by 14 December 2018!
#NSTFawards2019

 

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 21st NSTF-South32 Awards. These prestigious awards focus on science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation.
 
Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF’s theme for 2019 is the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’ (#IYPT2019), as declared by the United Nations (UN). Aligned with this, the Special Annual Theme Award for 2018/2019 will be made for an outstanding contribution to materials for inclusive economic development.

 

 

 

Register nominations for individuals, teams and organisations for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa: The contributions recognised are in the following broad areas.

  • Scientific research
  • Management of SET and innovation
  • Capacity building in engineering research
  • Research and innovation towards the Green Economy
  • Water management solutions
  • Data for research
  • Innovations and their research and/or development
  • Communication and creating awareness of SET and Innovation
  • Technology transfer activities, as well as education and training through a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Materials for inclusive economic development, through the 2018/2019 Special Annual Theme Award
 

 

There are a few changes to categories and criteria this year.

  1. Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF is making a special theme award this year for a contribution to SET and innovation for materials for inclusive economic development. This is in recognition of the UN’s celebration of the ‘2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’. The theme provides a focus on research in Materials Science and the development of materials to support relevant aspects of economic development in South Africa. The scope could include:
    • All areas of science, engineering, mining and agriculture, where new materials have been developed, including new uses or combinations of the elements
    • New applications or reconfigurations of older applications directed towards improvement in South Africa’s economic growth
    • New developments in industry, particularly for job creation and the alleviation of poverty
       

The work can be theoretical or practical. It should include analyses of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the materials being researched.

  1. Communication award for outreach and communicating awareness of SET and innovation within the last 5 years: note that a leaning towards professional science communicators will apply.
  2. Innovation awards: We introduced a major change to the Innovation Category last year and continue to do so this year, with greater emphasis on ‘innovation’. These awards are now called the ‘Awards for Innovations and their research and/or development’ over the last 5 to 10 years through either an SMME or a corporate organisation.
  3. Research categories: The time periods for each category are now clearly anchored to the commencement of the research. We continue to have no requirement for a PhD. All research categories are now open to anyone currently involved in research. We have continued with the strengthened focus on the further development of outputs towards innovations.
 

A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in South Africa, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

 
The NSTF Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF strives to realise its vision.

 

 

This is a two-stage nomination process:
 

Stage 1 – Register a nomination by 14 December 2018

  • Please note that registering a nominee is only the beginning of the two-stage nomination process. When you register a nominee, the NSTF Office will respond with the official category nomination form to be completed by 1 March 2019 (Stage 2).
  • Notify the nominee that you intend to nominate him/her/them (team/organisation). Ensure that you receive their agreement to participate.
  • Complete and submit the online registration. The nominee will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your registration and the NSTF Office will respond with the full nomination form/s as an attachment to complete. Please alert the NSTF Office at enquiries@nstf.co.za should you (the nominee) not receive this notification and the relevant forms.

 

Stage 2 – Submit completed nomination documents by 1 March 2019

  • Ensure that the fully-completed nomination form/s are emailed to the NSTF before the final deadline and that you receive a confirmation from the NSTF Office.
  • Please note that planning and time are required to complete the nomination document. Hence there is a 11-week period (December to March) provided for this preparation.
 

Full title of categories: All the awards are ‘For an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation…’ (The complete title of each award starts with this wording in place of “contribution”.)
 

 1. Individual Awards
 

  1. Lifetime Award – contribution over a lifetime up to 15 years or more
  2. TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period from 6 years up to 15 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  3. TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period of up to 6 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  4. Management Award – contribution through management and related SET and innovation activities over the last 5 to 10 years in South Africa

 2. Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards – contribution by an individual 
 over the last 5 to 10 years
 

 3. The Green Economy Research and Innovation Award – contribution by an individual 
 or an organisation towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental 
 sustainability and a greener economy over the last 5 to 10 years 
 

 4. NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award – contribution by an individual or an   organisation to SET in South Africa towards sustainable water management, knowledge 
 generation and solutions over the last 5 to 10 years
 

 5. Data for Research Award – contribution by an individual or a team for advancing the 
 availability, management and use of data for research
 

 6. Innovation Awards
 

  1. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a corporate organisation over the last 5 to 10 years
  2. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a small, medium or micro enterprise (SMME) over the last 5 to 10 years

 7. Communication Award – contribution for outreach and creating awareness of SET and 
 innovation by a team or individual over the last 5 years
 

 8. Non-governmental Organisation Award – contribution including technology transfer,   
 and education and training activities over the last 5 to 10 years
 

 9. Special Annual Theme Award 2018/2019: Materials for inclusive economic 
 development
(awarded according to criteria in any of the categories above)

 

 

 

Send us your news

The NSTF invites all our members, as well as all SET and innovation role players, to send us information on meetings, conferences and activities of interest to the broader S&T community. Please send us your news by the 20th of the month, for distribution at the beginning of the following month, to enquiries@nstf.co.za
 

Feedback

If you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve this newsletter, please e-mail the NSTF Secretariat at enquiries@nstf.co.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-South32  Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.
The science bursaries page provides information on bursaries and bursary providers for science, engineering and related studies.

 

Disclaimer

The NSTF has taken all practical measures to ensure that the material contained in this newsletter is correct. The NSTF reserves the right to make changes as it deems necessary.
 

Privacy

Registration details submitted to the NSTF will be treated confidentially and will only be used by NSTF to communicate with its members and subscribers.

 

For more information

www.nstf.org.za
E-mail: enquiries@nstf.co.za
Tel: 27 12 841 3987
Fax: 27 12 841 3025
Non Profit Company Registration Number: 2007/029165/08
NPO Registration Number: 92042
Donor tax exemption for all donations to the NSTF

 

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TechWomen 2019: Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:43

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State that brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program based in San Francisco. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

The 2019 program will include 108 women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.

Applications are due January 16, 2019. We are looking for women who have demonstrated themselves as emerging leaders in their chosen profession, through their work experience, volunteer experience, community activities and education. A full list of the eligibility requirements is available on our website.

Please consider forwarding this message to your pertinent networks. You can also check out our Outreach Toolkit with flyers in multiple languages, as well as suggested tweets and social media posts.

Now entering its ninth year, TechWomen continues to be a transformational program for all involved and has inspired women to become active change makers in their communities. We thank you for your support, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Best regards,

Katie Zee
Manager, Participant Initiatives, TechWomen

Institute of International Education (IIE)
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Tel: +1 415 593 5887 I Fax +1 415 392 4667
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IIE • The Power of International Education

 

SAIMechE Elects First Female President

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 19 October 2018 10:57

The South African Institution for Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) recently voted in their new National Council members for the 2018-2020 session at their AGM on 8 August 2018, electing Prof Debby Blaine as their new President.  Debby is an Associate-Professor at Stellenbosch University, in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.

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NSTF eNews: response to cannabis ruling, ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ discussion forum, and more #WaterEnergyFood

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 13:21

  

 

Email: enquiries@nstf.co.za | Tel: +27 12 841 3987

 

Message from NSTF Executive Director

Ms Jansie Niehaus, NSTF Executive Director, responds to the Constitutional Court ruling on the legalisation of cannabis for private use. Read more.

 

NSTF News

‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning’ Discussion Forum

The ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning’ Discussion Forum (#WaterEnergyFood) will be held from 23-24 October 2018, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West. The national science councils sector of the NSTF is hosting this event. You can register online now. For further information, contact enquiries@nstf.org.za.

 

DST White Paper open for comment

With Cabinet approval, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has released the draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation for public comment. Stakeholders, NSTF members, and the public can submit comments to the Department of Science and Technology by 19 October 2018. Input can be:

  • Emailed to whitepaper@dst.gov.za
  • Posted to White Paper, Department of Science and Technology, Private Bag X894, Pretoria, 0001
  • Hand delivered to the Department at Building 53, Scientia (CSIR) Campus, Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria

Enquiries can be directed to either:

See also ‘Featured SET policy’ below. 

 

Call for nominations – 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards

A reminder to look out for the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards Call for Nominations.

The Call for Nominations will happen in November 2018 and will celebrate the 21st event. 
See the clip of the highlights of the 20th Gala Dinner held on 28 June 2018.

 

Share ‘n Dare outreach

The NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme is sponsored by the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation. It is linked to the NSTF-South32 Awards. It provides a platform for NSTF Award winners to act as role models and ambassadors for science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation. The winners share knowledge with youth and communities, inspiring young people to pursue studies and careers in SET and innovation.
 
Read more about the following Share ‘n Dare talks:

  • From 30-31 July 2018, CEO of The Platinum Incubator (TPI) Ms Sibongile Purity Shongwe spoke to learners at the Penreach Shalamuka Science Centre, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
  • From 1-2 August 2018, Prof Mmantsae Diale and Dr Musa Manzi spoke to learners at the Mondi Science Centre, Mkhondo (Piet Retief), Mpumalanga
  • On 1 August 2018, Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi gave a talk at the Necsa Visitor Centre, Hartebeespoort, North West
  • On 1 August 2018, Prof Prof Keolebogile Motaung spoke to learners at the Anglo-American Science Centre, Witbank, Mpumalanga
  • On 4 August 2018, Prof Malik Maaza spoke to learners and the public at the iThemba LABS, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • On 7 August 2018, Ms Selloane Nyaredi from The Platinum Institute (TPI) spoke to learners and the public at the JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Mamelodi, Gauteng

See the upcoming events list for the NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme

 

New NSTF members

The NSTF welcomes its new members:

 

Survey on R&D tax incentive

The National Treasury, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology and the World Bank, is evaluating the impact of South Africa's research and development (R&D) tax incentive. This evidence will inform policy decisions about the incentive. An online survey is running from 6 September to 4 October 2018. All companies that have applied for the incentive up to December 2017, whether granted approval or not, are requested to participate in the survey. Read more for further information.

 

Getting to know our award winners: Prof Etheresia Pretorius

Prof Etheresia Pretorius is Head: Department of Physiological Sciences and Director: Applied Morphology Research Centre at Stellenbosch University. Her overarching contribution is to add novel knowledge regarding the origin and pathophysiology of inflammation and abnormal clotting. This includes the conclusion that all non-communicable diseases have a possible bacterial origin.

Read more about her work. She is the NSTF-South32 Awards winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher.

 

Getting to know our award winners: Wendy Collinson

Wendy Collinson is project executant: Wildlife and Roads Project, Endangered Wildlife Trust. The project works to reduce the negative impacts of transport infrastructure on wildlife, ultimately improving driver safety.

Read more about her work. She is the NSTF-South32 Awards female winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher.

 

Getting to know our award winners: Dr Musa Manzi

Dr Musa Manzi is senior researcher and director: Seismic Research Centre, School of Geosciences, University the of Witwatersrand. He develops and applies mathematical and geophysical techniques to gain a deeper understanding of earth processes. This includes innovative 3D seismic technologies for deep mineral exploration.

Read more about his work. He is the NSTF-South32 Awards male winner of the 2017/2018 TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher.

 

 

NSTF condolences on the death of Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

The NSTF and the science, engineering and technology (SET) community are greatly saddened by the passing of Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
‘Her passing has left us poorer’ — Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa dies (M&G

 

Bursary Directory

Find the latest bursaries in science, engineering and technology (SET) in the NSTF Bursary Directory. This service is sponsored by the Fuchs Foundation. Recently-added bursaries include:

Visit the NSTF Bursary Directory to find regularly updated information on available bursaries, the organisations that usually provide bursaries, various SET-related career paths, and inspiring stories of people in SET.

 

Mzansi Bright Sparks

Siphephelo Brian Tshabalala is from the Free State. He is studying BEng tech in Civil engineering at the University of Johannesburg. He is one of the first-year students who were recognised in the 2017/2018 NSTF Brilliants Programme for top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations.

“If I was the president, I would develop great math and science teachers for all schools by making the selection process higher to produce more quality teachers.''

 

Featured SET policy: Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

The Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (DST) is currently open for public comment. For background and an overview, please go to New draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (DST). Deadline: Friday 19 October 2018 on e-mail to whitepaper@dst.gov.z

 

SET-related policies currently open for public comment

Policies open for comment allow the science, engineering and technology (SET) community to keep track of the changing regulation environment.

 

SET-related policy news

 
Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

Indigenous knowledge

Medicine and health

Water and sanitation

Climate change and environment

Energy

4th Industrial revolution

Economy

  • Ramaphosa’s plan to revive the economy: the details – “State funds will be redirected toward agriculture, which the government sees as having massive potential to great jobs, as well as to stimulating economic activity in townships and rural areas.” (TechCentral)

Science relations

 

 

Members of NSTF in the proSET (Professional Societies) sector are featured in every newsletter. This month we look at IEEE and SAIIE.

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The organisation and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries. It also does this through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. The website for IEEE South Africa provides news, information on events, societies, and affinity groups. There is also a resources section. 
  • The Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIE) envisions a vibrant, learned society, representing and promoting all Industrial Engineers in Southern Africa. Modern industrial engineering is concerned with the integration of resources and processes into cohesive strategies, structures and systems for the effective and efficient production of quality goods and services. On the website, you will find newsletters, information on events and awards, links to their journal and magazine, among other items.

SET education

New mobile science, maths, tech laboratory using robotics to inspire children (Engineering News)

 

Universities and higher education

Industry development and innovation

Medicine and health

Palaeontology and archaeology

·         World’s oldest drawing is Stone Age crayon doodle (Nature) plus Drawing on a piece of silcrete found in Blombos Cave predates previous human-made drawings by at least 30,000 years

Astronomy and space science

Environment, climate change and energy

Water

Climate change and environment

Agriculture

Technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution

Opportunities


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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-South32  Awards are unique in SA, recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals and groups to SET and innovation.
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Last updated Tuesday, 2 October 2018 11:21

SAIIE Newsletter: September 2018

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 7 September 2018 11:07

Please find attached the SAIIE September 2018 Newsletter. 


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SAIIE Newsletter_Vol 8_ Sept 2018_Final.pdf 1.1M 7 Sep 18 11:07

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