South Africa performs very well in the more complex areas of competitiveness, such as innovation, technological readiness, and financial market development, according to Caroline Galvan, the World Economic Forum’s Lead Economist for Competitiveness and Risks in Africa.
Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been named the vice-chairman and trustee of the Planet Earth Institute (PEI). The organisation is striving for the scientific independence of Africa. South Africa is also actively engaging young people to take up careers in the Stem fields.
The South African entry in the Enactus World Cup helped a small-scale fishery in KwaZulu-Natal develop and expand its operations. It was one of many projects showcased in the competition that are offering practical and innovative ways to improve quality of life around the world.
South African medical research institutes rank among the best in the world and are equal to internationally respected institutes, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in handing out the National Science and Technology Forum Awards.
The government is positive about a R100-million programme to grow the number of black industrialists. The programme was launched because BEE transformation had been slow.
Innovation is critical to manufacturing success, but equally, you cannot innovate in a box. Business leaders and professionals at the second Manufacturing Indaba heard how collaboration was key.
The fourth co-operation agreement in the field of science and technology has been signed by South Africa and India. The two have a 20-year history of working together, which they plan to extend and deepen.
In her State of the Province Address delivered on Friday 20 February, Premier Helen Zille outlined the Western Cape government's five strategic goals to build a highly skilled, innovation driven, resource efficient, connected and high opportunity society for all. Read the full speech here.