SA 'must spend more' on technology

2010-12-10 09:28
Dr Daniel Moeketsi of the CHPC says that funding for technology can be problematic. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Dr Daniel Moeketsi of the CHPC says that funding for technology can be problematic. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cape Town - The government needs to spend more money on the development of science and technology, Dr Happy Sithole manager of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) has said.

"We are investing in the right places, but we can still do better," Sithole told News24 on the sidelines of the CHPC's annual national meeting in Cape Town.

The theme of the conference is "Advancing research and development through the national cyberinfrastructure initiatives" and is aimed at facilitating networks and collaboration in various science disciplines.

"We want to give a platform to researchers to meet, discuss and combine the power of computing and data repository with fast networks," Sithole said.

The conference was preceded by a series of workshops with students from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate, including 11 students from other African countries.

Delivery

"We started the High Performance Centre Summer School with 48 students where they learn the basics of high performance computing. We provide these services to universities."

The costs of running programmes though, may compromise delivery of advanced technology in future.

"We have grant challenges in terms of science and technology, and there's an opportunity to make huge strides," Dr Daniel Moeketsi of the CHPC told News24.

He said that the conference showcased South African scientific work "across all disciplines".

"We're working toward deliverables and the SKA (Square Kilometre Array telescope) is an example, but we cannot rule out our peers in other countries," he said.

Sithole dismissed criticism that advanced science and technology was too far removed from the bread-and-butter issues that face ordinary South Africans.

"We see the benefits. Many students who don’t have access to technology have access with us. Science is quite an important investment and we see users coming from historically disadvantaged institutions."

The CHPC is a unit of the CSIR and funded by the department of science and technology. The conference ended on Thursday.


- Follow Duncan on Twitter
 

Read more on:    csir  |  technology
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

No legal challenge to Nkandla report - Mbete

There are no plans to legally challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Nkandla, ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete says.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Newlands - 14:10 PM
    Road name: M3 Both Ways
    QUEUEING TRAFFIC on Wynberg Hill
  • Thursday Rondebosch - 12:58 PM
    Road name: Main Road Southbound
    HEAVY DELAYS between Rosebank and Newlands
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia Lumia 800

The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, ...

From R2395.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.