Motlanthe: Science can solve problems

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Saturday that problems inherited from the apartheid era could be solved through research.

"Inevitably, most if not all the historically inherited challenges constituting a dead weight on our development ambitions can only be addressed through the research agenda of our national research institutes," he told a summit on science and technology in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Motlanthe said national research institutes had the task to remain relevant to the developmental agenda through the use of science, technology and innovation.

"In other words harnessing the force of science and technology to meet our developmental needs is among the surest ways out of the current quagmire of under-development," he said.

Motlanthe said through the National Development Plan, government laid out the parameters within which each social partner could make a contribution towards the achievement of the country's shared vision.

"This shared vision entails the reduction of poverty, stimulating economic growth, effecting economic transformation and creating employment."

He said South Africa needed to do more in mobilising resources for the task of producing quality education for both teachers and learners alike.

"Only a sound and quality education system with strong emphasis on mathematics and science can serve as a reliable feeder for tertiary institutions...," he said.

Governance system

Motlanthe said research projects were carried out disparately without knowledge sharing and co-ordination to avoid duplication.

"Our national research efforts lack a central framework or institute to define and identify the most immediate projects, resulting in duplication, wastage and inefficient use of funding."

The lack of collaboration robbed the country of the benefits which would accrue from research.

Research institutes could commission a study of the systemic failure in the governance system and how best could government address its problems, he said.

Motlanthe said under-utilisation of existing research institutes by government often led to wasteful expenditure in that each government department commissioned research in common areas.

He concluded: "The benefits of science, technology and innovation are not only potentially immense for us but also, and more crucially, constitute the pre-conditions for South Africa's development."


- SAPA
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