The second Science Forum South Africa has officially kicked off at CSIR in Pretoria. The forum is hosted by Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor and runs for two days.

In her opening address, Pandor said South Africa and other African countries were lagging behind when it came to science research.

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“There are too few scientists in the continent and most science institutions are poorly resourced.” She said however that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

She said more African researchers were broadening their horizons and giving hope to the continent.

The minister said African researchers had doubled in just over a decade and there were now more investments in African research.

One of the aims of the forum is to unite innovation and research in Africa. Among the topics on the agenda is the role the social sciences and critical reflection in shaping South Africa and Africa’s future, transitioning into a green economy and 100% renewable energy for South Africa.

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