The fourth co-operation agreement in the field of science and technology has been signed by South Africa and India. The two have a 20-year history of working together, which they plan to extend and deepen. Although the focus of South Africa and India’s collaboration in science and technology was research for two decades, they’re now looking into innovation and entrepreneurship. (Images: Department of science and technology) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Documentary focuses on plight of albinos • Africa Progress Report speaks of continent’s green energy leaders • Young South Africans pushed to take a stand • Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland Melissa JavanSouth Africa and India have signed their fourth co-operation agreement to strengthen collaboration in the fields of science and technology.The agreement was signed at the 10th South Africa-India joint committee meeting on co-operation in science and technology, held at the Department of Science and Technology building on the campus of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research on 18 June. The two countries already have a 20-year relationship in the sector.Over the past two decades, the focus had been on research and Dr Arabinde Mitra, the advisor and head of international co-operation (bilateral) in India’s department of science and technology, said they now wanted to look into innovation and entrepreneurship. “We want to look at how we can create start-up companies.”They also wanted to explore investing in young people. “Currently we have a project in India that gives African students of certain areas opportunity to be part of the exchange programme. We want to have an extended exchange programme for those that are outside the specific areas that the other project focuses on.” Dr Arabinde Mitra said benefits of collaborating with South Africa is fighting challenges like diseases and food security, together.Benefits of collaboratingThe first bilateral agreement between the two countries was signed in July 1995. Between 2001 and 2014, a total of 74 projects were funded. The research areas for this collaboration include astronomy, astrophysics, biotechnology, health sciences, green chemistry and energy technologies.An astronomy workshop was held in October 2008, which led to four projects being funded by the countries. Biotechnology workshops were held in March 2009 and February 2015.Mitra said the two countries had a linked history and a shared future. “We are both facing challenges like disease, food security and water usage. We want to create a win-win situation for both countries.”Daan du Toit, the deputy director-general of international co-operation and resources in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, explained that this initiative allowed South African scientists to work with their counterparts in India. “We jointly invest in each other’s countries.”He also called India “a major scientific nation in the world”.The sub-continent’s Mars Orbiter Mission, also called Mangalyaan (meaning “Mars craft”), for instance, is a space probe that has been orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is India’s first interplanetary mission, and has ensured ISRO is the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space programme, Nasa, and the European Space Agency. It is the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so on its first attempt.Du Toit said that South Africa stood to benefit from sharing in India’s experience and expertise. “It is critical for international co-operation. No country is ever big enough [to do things on its own]. Working together, we complement each other,” he said.Joint committee meetingAt Thursday’s meeting, delegates from both countries spoke about projects on which they were working; they also called for proposals.Prof Nithaya Chetty, the co-ordinator at the National Research Foundation SA, called for proposals on behalf of scientists from South Africa and India. Chetty sought proposals for an enhanced exchange programme for researchers. When there was an exchange programme there must be joint supervision of a doctoral student, for example, said Chetty.Another proposal was for a joint seminar or workshop for researchers.
Johannesburg, Wednesday 23 October 2019 – In the spirit of reviving South Africa’s identity, Brand South Africa’s domestic flagship programme, the Nation Brand Forum is set to be hosted on the 28 October 2019 at UrbanTree in Johannesburg.The theme; ‘Reviving South Africa’s Nation Brand identity and narrative’, was motivated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call during the 2019 State of the Nation Address on ‘What type of South Africa do we want?’His Excellency, Ramaphosa said; “I dream of the first new city built in the democratic era”. This presents an opportune moment for Brand South Africa to engage various stakeholders in order to develop a compelling and coherent narrative that tells the story of South Africa in a meaningful way, an integral part of managing the reputation and image of the Nation Brand.“We are proud to host the 4th Annual Nation Brand Forum, a platform that inspires South Africans to find collaborative ways that ensure that we positively position the Nation Brand through constructive and introspective conversations with role players, to innovate and revive the identity and value proposition of what we are about as a nation, 25 years into democracy”; said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing Ms Sithembile Ntombela.This year’s Nation Brand Forum speakers includes a key note address by Minister Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency.Panellists include; Ms Zanele Morrison, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Mr Doug Place, Chief Marketing Officer, Nando’s and Veteran Broadcaster Ms Joanne Joseph as Programme Director. Founder and CEO of the Brand Leadership Group, Mr Thebe Ikalafeng will be the Guest Speaker.Follow the link to see the 2018 Nation Brand Forum highlightsFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi Ntanzi [email protected] or 064 890 6819. Follow the conversation @Brand_SA #NationBrandForum19 read more
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