Nur­tur­ing sci­en­tific, en­tre­pre­neur­ial tal­ent

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Su­laiman Philip

YOung South Africans are be­ing urged ‘to em­brace tech­nol­ogy’ and be­come in­no­va­tors who cre­ate jobs.

Speak­ing at the re­cent Youth in Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Ind­aba, Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Naledi Pan­dor ex­plained that fu­ture growth de­pended on em­brac­ing new tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tion.

“With the un­prece­dented growth in many tech sec­tors, in par­tic­u­lar mo­bile and in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, there has never been a bet­ter time in his­tory for young South Africans to de­velop so­lu­tions that can ad­dress a range of chal­lenges.”

She said that as long as we em­brace tech­nol­ogy and nur­ture the sci­en­tific and en­tre­pre­neur­ial tal­ent in the coun­try, South Africa and Africa would have a bright fu­ture. The min­is­ter went on to say that it would be those in­no­va­tors who would cre­ate the jobs the coun­try needs to build an in­clu­sive and equal econ­omy.

How­ever, to build on the growth in­spired by tech­nol­ogy, South Africa needs young peo­ple to play their part. Min­is­ter Pan­dor said, “One of the things we must do is to get many more young peo­ple to study and pass math­e­mat­ics and sci­ence.”

Op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able Eigh­teen-year-old Shane Ndzinga at­tended the Ind­aba, held at the CSIR (Coun­cil for Sci­en­tific and In­dus­tial Re­search) cam­pus in the City of Tsh­wane, be­cause of his life­long in­ter­est in sci­ence. He was hop­ing that he would meet peo­ple who could help make his dream of be­com­ing a sci­en­tist come true. “I’m look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on where to study and what to study. I find sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy very fas­ci­nat­ing and hope one day I will be one of South Africa’s top sci­en­tists,” he said.

Ndzinga was among the 300 young peo­ple at­tend­ing who were given in­for­ma­tion on the 34 new sci­ence hubs built by the de­part­ment and got to speak to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­pa­nies in­volved in the Top 100 in­tern­ship pro­gramme.

The in­au­gu­ral two-day event tar­geted young en­trepreneurs, grass­roots in­no­va­tors, captains of in­dus­try and youth in higher ed­u­ca­tion. The min­is­ter told the younger au­di­ence mem­bers they needed to em­u­late the en­trepreneurs and busi­ness peo­ple they would meet be­cause they had all made con­tri­bu­tions to the tech world, had started their own com­pa­nies or had em­braced tech­nol­ogy to make the world bet­ter.

We must get more young peo­ple to study and pass maths and sci­ences, says Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Naledi Pan­dor.

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