2017 STI Indicators Report Released

Department of Science and Technology

The 2017 South African Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators Report has been released.

In a statement, the science and technology department indicated that the report shows both positive and negative trends.

The report makes use of the new South African Innovation Scorecard Framework.

The Framework, published by the National Advisory Council on Innovation, categorises STI activities into three components, namely, the public sector's enabling activities, firm-level innovation activities and the economic and social outputs of innovation.

Some of the report’s highlights include the insignificant number of black doctoral graduates in life sciences and engineering, the low contribution by government to spending on research and development, low levels of high technology exports and South Africa ranked high in the “opportunity and foundations of well-being category of the Social Progress Index.”

Meanwhile, the science and technology minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has confirmed that the support of young scientists remains a key objective of the department.

The minister was speaking at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 6th Emerging Researchers Symposium held recently in Pretoria.

She indicated that South Africa's efforts should be focused on “priorities such as enhancing the competitiveness of the economy through smart manufacturing, including supply chain, logistics and infrastructure development; as well as the improvement of service delivery.”

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