Cabinet hails SA science progress

2010-09-16 12:24

Cape Town - SA is making progress in becoming "one of the major hubs" for innovation in the fields of defence and astronomy in the world, Cabinet said on Thursday.

"Our innovation in the fields of defence and space industries will be profiled through three major events during the months of September and October," government spokesperson Themba Maseko told a media briefing following Cabinet's regular meeting on Wednesday.

The first of these events was the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition at the Ysterplaat Air Force Base in Cape Town from September 21 to 25. This was the largest exhibitions of its kind on the continent that would showcase civil, military, aviation, and maritime technologies, he said.

The second event, co-inciding with the AAD exhibition, was the trilateral naval exercises involving SA, India, and Brazil (Ibsa) off the west coast.

The naval exercises formed part of Ibsa's maritime component, and were aimed at increasing "interoperability" and enhancing understanding and co-operation among the navies of the three countries.

The third event was the launch of the SA National Space Agency (Sansa) on September 22. Sansa would be located within the science and technology department's 10-year innovation plan, which sought to develop an innovation path to contribute toward creating a knowledge-based economy.

The agency would be responsible for implementing the country's national space strategy, Maseko said.