PRETORIA, Nov 26 (NNN-SABC) — The South African Department of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor is organizing a science forum here next month where the main focus will be on Africa’s science agenda.
The Minister, Nalendi Pandor, said here Wednesday that Science Forum South Africa to be held on Dec 8 and 9 would a platform to the public and Africa at large to address the importance of scientific innovations.
Pandor told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that these discussions were aimed at providing useful information to Africa, especially ordinary people in rural areas.
“Africa’s focus is absolutely important because there are issues prevalent on the continent that we need to respond to as African science and technology. We need to ensure that the technology that we have available to us responds to the challenges we are confronted with,” she added.
“That is why we are so excited when young people develop an app which allows us to transfer money using a mobile phone. So I think developing solutions in the African continent that responds to our context is absolutely important.
“This is the first time in the history of our young democracy that such an event has been held in South Africa, but we hope that it will become a regular part of the science calendar. The Science Forum will contribute towards a culture of open discussion and access to science, technology and innovation.” — NNN-SABC