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More scientists needed - minister

2012-10-09 21:34

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.

Comments
  • PAP - 2012-10-09 21:52

    Stop hiring by colour. Afford all SA citizens an equal opporutnity for employment. Take the creame of the crop - no matter what they look like.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-09 22:22

      Pity we did not take the time of day to keep the ones that left the country!

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-09 22:25

      Cream is White !!

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-10-10 08:47

      Judging by his ears his Mother Did not pull them enough when he was a boy,Let me help you Ministaah , you chased all the people that are capable of training new Scientists across the ocean with your stupid BEE AA policies. Pulling your ears saying some more Ministaah " Hurry and make the necessary investments to ensure there is a new crop of sceintists " well you should have started when your old crop of ANC government came to power. Thus far you have not managed to produce a decent crop of high school graduates. Baby steps Ministaah ! but your mom dod not pull your ears hard enough when you were young!

  • malcolm.baillie.50 - 2012-10-09 21:59

    Here's an idea Aaron, get the department of education to stop wasting money on adverts, bite the bullet, get the textbooks out and use the money saved on bursaries. By my count the adverts in last weeks newspapers would've got you at least two.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-09 21:59

    First functional schools, no?

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-09 22:01

    First functional schools, no?

  • kayley.segal - 2012-10-09 22:05

    The problem is , anyone who could be a competent scientist would be smart. They could read and analyze information. They would probably be aware of current events. They would know that all the real money that could go towards scientific advancement, not to mention roads,schools, health, etc. is being stolen by a thieving elite of comrades. They would understand that there is no future for them or their children in this scenario. And they would get the hell out to somewhere that did hold a future for them. Remember the Government Minister who last year, speaking at the funeral of several people killed by lightening, stated " We must investigate this..we must get our scientists to find out where does this lightening come from...and what does it want?" Sorry, but you can't BEE scientific knowledge and you can't affirmative action competence.

      Doep100 - 2012-10-10 07:17

      Excellent comment! You beat me to it...

  • george.pito - 2012-10-09 22:07

    There is more than enough including Engineers but because they are white they cannot get jobs.

  • hennie.vanderberg.5 - 2012-10-09 22:11

    oh EH EH ... you say what "scientists" ??? what that ? eish

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-10-09 22:11

    Your goverment has chased them away because of the BEE structures u have in place on the tertiary academic levels. So blame yourselves. Even if u open up more facilities it won't help

  • FinalJustice - 2012-10-09 22:21

    If this new breed of young scientists are to be 'cropped' from the current education system, we have more than 1 reason to be afraid, very afraid. They will make Wouter Basson and Dr. Frankenstein look like toddlers at a kindergarden expo. Clearly nothing more than lip-service by another absolute schmuck minister who's views on reality are so distorted that it's not even funny. He would definitely have no clue whatsoever on where even to begin to realize such an ambitious ideal.

  • jimzimbo - 2012-10-09 22:21

    Talk is so very cheap Aaron.......where is your plan?? We must also provide more food....where is the plan....talk is cheap. You clowns are incapable.......you are consumers only, not producers because you do not have a plan or a clue how to provide for the citizens of SA. You are incapable of seeing and planning beyond today.The ANC is incapable of providing for a basic education for the children of the masses who elected the ANC into power and you are takling about "moving quickly" to develop scientists??? ha hha ha ha....

  • jimzimbo - 2012-10-09 22:22

    Do you know what a Scientist is or does Aaron.....????

  • raymond.krisman - 2012-10-09 22:33

    I have my Honours degree in science. And I couldn't find a job after a year and a half of looking. So now I am going overseas. Thank you very much South Africa.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-09 22:35

    With supposed idiots that post in grammar that use Xmit? Im thinking NOT!!!!!! In 20 years, its a country of illiterates! Still no text books after almost a year!! ANOTHER cANCer failure!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-09 22:42

    African Scientists???? Mmmmmm, name one!

      LanfearM - 2012-10-10 09:29

      Hmm, I know very well what your comment suggests, and you are wrong. Here are a couple of African scientists: Thebe Rodney Medupe - South African astrophysicist; founding director of Astronomy Africa. Siyabulela Lethuxolo Xuza - brilliant young aerospace engineer, who of course studied at Harvard, been awarded numerous awards, been given a personal tour of NASA, and so forth. http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/consulate/siyabulela.html Lumuli Mbonile - Senior Lecturer, medical doctor and research scientist at University of the Western Cape. Tshilidzi Marwala - a mechanical engineer with a Phd from Cambridge, he is also professor of Electrical Engineering, as well as the Carl & Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the DST/NRF South Africa Research Chair of Systems Engineering, at WITS. For some leading African scientists: http://twas.ictp.it/prog/prizes/recipients-of-the-au-twas-award

  • piet.boerie - 2012-10-10 04:29

    Go to univeristies in UK, Australia, US and Cananda, let alone big industrial projects and you will find many South African engineers and scientists. Ask them why they left and you will find out why there is a shortage of skill and believe me its getting worse as more flee to the safety of countries that appreciate intllectuals and dont discrimiante on colour. This is no longer whites only as both Indians and coloureds and a lesser amount africans leave for safer and more stable pastures. We have an Alliance going down the POLPOT route of violence and the marginalisation of the educated class. By the way to all idiots that say Black people cant be scientists you should be the first to leave. If you dont like africans dont live here and let the rest of us live in peace. This also applies to pigs like Malema who has dont more to damage the economy and more to chase the much needed educated class out of the country. Liberation through Education.

      Nigel - 2012-10-10 07:27

      Well said Piet!!!!!

  • albevdm - 2012-10-10 05:52

    This, when a Lecturer with a PhD (that would be FOUR university degrees in total) will probably pay less than a mine worker within the next few months. Good luck!

      LanfearM - 2012-10-10 08:57

      Exactly! That is sickening, that mine workers and truck drivers earn more than our teachers and lecturers! And our police. No wonder our law enforcement and our education are the two critical and crucial institutions in our country that has fallen into chaos.

  • candice.gibson.562 - 2012-10-10 06:47

    I studied biomedical science at university. I was one of less than 30 students that actually passed the course. Only two classmates went into medical science-related careers after studying (their fathers had connections to get them jobs), the rest of us (Indians and whites) were told that we were not the right colour to do medical research. So I became a teacher and moved to another country where they pay me a salary that I can actually survive off of. I chose a degree that would allow me to help my country only to be forced out.

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-10-10 07:20

    Suggested Headline Change::: More Black scientists needed (Whites can piss off to another country, you arent welcome) - minister

      Nigel - 2012-10-10 07:28

      Yes that would be more accurate I'm sad to say.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-10 07:33

    Agreed! But ..... one needs more than a single functional brain cell to become a scientist so EDUCATE THE PEOPLE FIRST.

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-10-10 08:03

    So when are the ANC going to fix education in this country?

  • LanfearM - 2012-10-10 08:55

    Give all South African students an equal chance to study science. And give proper funding for not only studying science, but also for scientific research and jobs!

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-10 08:57

    Sort education out. Make pass marks higher and stop hiring by colour. Thats how we can make a new crop of scientists. You cant expect a person to become a scientist with pass marks of 33%.

  • stevie0064 - 2012-10-10 09:30

    They'll need textbooks...

  • albert.ward.33483 - 2012-10-10 16:11

    Correction mister minister, you mean to say BLACK scientists, like woolies, like pick

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