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SA must invest in science - minister

2011-07-31 18:57

Johannesburg - South Africa should invest in science institutions because it is crucial for social and economic development, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Saturday.

"South Africa has lagged behind many countries in science achievements and innovation," she said in a statement prepared for delivery.

The development of vaccines and medicines, satellite prototypes, rural development and food security, depended on science and technology students, she said.

The minister said everyone needed to understand the role of science in areas of social and economic development.

"In order to be a part of making these great breakthroughs you must excel in the basic understanding of mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences."

She hoped that Science Week, which starts on August 1, would inspire more youth to get into the field. Sapa

Comments
  • Kosmonooit - 2011-07-31 19:09

    Before throwing (public) money at the problem, please remove all discriminatory barriers. Allow the best people to do the job.

      Spyker May - 2011-08-01 14:07

      Indeed and can the minister kindly enlighten us how things will be any different to before.., http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-11-12-creation-of-south-african-einstein-a-thwarted-aim

  • Jarryd - 2011-07-31 19:14

    isnt this just an echo of what we hear every year? ..."we must invest in maths and science"...everytime...not saying its bad...but...reminding us each year aint gonna do much?

      kidblack - 2011-07-31 19:24

      Yup. These clowns get paid hundreds of thousands of Rands a year to state the obvious.

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-31 19:31

    THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THAT YEARS AGO BUT EVERY YEAR WE GET THE SAME OLD YADA YADA.they should also have been investing in science and maths at schools but every year they move from one ineffective system to another defunct system

  • fracham - 2011-07-31 20:03

    Problem no problem just push the marks up.Everyone will soon have masters degree. And with BEE ,no problem, we will milk overseas companies. After the land distribution,maybe 90% of SA will emigrate .Vaccines and modern medicines will not be needed.At least not on a big scale. Problem no problem. One cannot say our current and potential leaders do not have vision.

  • valleyman - 2011-07-31 20:11

    Oh dear Naledi. Maybe we should be focussing on simple stuff first, you know, like teaching kids to read, write and add and subtract? Just a thought...

      Left Screwed - 2011-07-31 21:00

      A good thought, but your voice will only echo in the halls of power. The people at the top are no brighter than their youth leaders.

  • sipholess - 2011-07-31 20:42

    Science !!!!! OMG!!! Start with the basic's you third world wankers.

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  • kakhuiskriek - 2011-08-18 19:23

    SA must invest in non racial life. oh jeez wait hey... they dont have that kind of cash.ever.

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