More scientists needed - minister

2012-10-09 21:34
Aaron Motsoaledi (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Aaron Motsoaledi (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Durban - South Africa must hurry and make the necessary investments to ensure there is a new crop of young scientists, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-Rith), he said South Africa was one of 22 countries in the world where 80% of the world's tuberculosis cases occurred.

"What we must do now is to develop South African scientists."

He said institutes like K-Rith could provide the country with new, younger scientists.

While the country had many good scientists, they were mostly older and approaching retirement.

The K-Rith facility is a state-of-the-art research facility, to which the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has committed US75 million over 10 years since its inception in 2008.

K-Rith is located at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

HHMI president Robert Tijan said it was the HHMI's first project outside of the United States.

- SAPA
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