Council for Natural Scientific Professions Seeks Members

South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

The South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNSP) seeks members.

The science and technology department published the call for nominations in Government Gazette 42203.

The SACNSP was established to promote the practice of the natural science professions in South Africa, administer the mandatory registration of natural scientists, monitor the standard of education and training of natural scientists and set standards for the recognition of education and training of natural scientists.

The Council must consist of no fewer than 20 and no more than 30 members.

Meanwhile, in Board Notice 5, the SACNSP published its annual fees payable as from 1 April 2018.

A candidate natural scientist must pay R500 per annum while a professional natural scientist will be charged R1 400.

Other fees include R2 300 for qualification assessment fee and R1 400 for an upgrading fee.

The new fees come into force on 1 April 2019.

In a separate matter, the department has issued a statement following a data science training programme.

The Data Science for Impact and Decision Enhancement programme is implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

It is an “intensive training programme that aims to solve real-life problems using multiple technical disciplines, including computer science, analytics, mathematics, modelling and statistics”.

Students participating in the programme emphasized that data collection across South Africa needs to be significantly improved to allow for better decision-making.

Participants in the programme “applied their data to a range of real-life issues, including preventing service delivery protests, improving service delivery at clinics, boosting access to the Internet, and clearing bottlenecks in the Presidential hotline”.

Sabinet Cape Town Office