The department of home affairs is to to revamp its IT systems - including a relaunch of the National Identification System (Hanis) which enables cross-referencing of fingerprints and identification info - to create a fully computerised operation capable, among other things, of delivering a new ID in the space of 48 hours.
A government initiative called Technology for Women in Business is helping South Africa's female entrepreneurs get access to the applied science and technology they need to catapult their businesses into the big league.
The science and technology department has launched an advisory group to promote women's interests in the fields of science and technology.
Researchers from around the region have joined forces to create a cooperative, combined astrophysics and space science programme where students from South Africa and Africa can earn Honours and Masters degrees while being mentored and taught by a "dream team" of the country's leading scientists.
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and The Boeing Company have inaugurated the world's first Ka band satellite-tracking facility at Hartebeeshoek, north-west of Johannesburg.
Satellite art, a new art form created by the interaction between technology and nature, has arrived on the South African scene.
Africa's traditions, legends and stories about the sky are set to reach a world audience with the release of Cosmic Africa, a feature-length documentary on African-based skylore, astronomy and cosmology from pre-historical times to the space age.
A KwaZulu-Natal professor and a team of researchers are developing technology that will help predict floods up to six hours in advance - buying precious response time for emergency authorities - using radar technology and computer-based mathematical techniques.
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A South African company that pipped overseas firms for a contract to produce high-tech laser systems for the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) made its breakthrough after being discovered on the Internet.