Pandor wants more for science

2012-03-27 22:15

Pretoria - The southern African region should spend more on science and technology, Science Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.

"We need to become active innovators, productive researchers and be supportive industrial partners to the private sectors and to the service sectors in our countries," she said.

Pandor was speaking at the fourth joint committee meeting between South Africa and Angola at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

She and a delegation led by her Angolan counterpart Maria Teixeira discussed plans to improve science and technology in both countries.

"Angola and South Africa are doing much more in technology and science," said Pandor.

"I'm also hopeful that we will be an example to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU)."

She said the region was an area of possible growth on the continent and that South Africa and Angola had to ensure that both SADC and the AU were doing more to show support for the industry.

"I don't think our organisations realise the importance and the significance that science can bring to our people," she said.

Pandor said both countries had to work towards becoming competitive participants in the global community of researchers and innovators.

  • zaatheist - 2012-03-28 04:26

    Well here is my suggestion. Tax religion like all other businesses. Make them pay full rates on their properties. Audit their tithes and collections to find out how much gets diverted directly to the preachermen. That will raise millions and millions which can then be spent educating people to be useful employable citizens in the real world rather than useless, no-nothing, gullible, exploited faithheads.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-28 04:57

      Actually taxing gods and their self-appointed Earthly representatives should not even be a burden on anyone. If these gods (intelligent designers) created heaven, Earth and the Universe then surely creating some money to contribute towards science education should be a fairly simple task for them?

  • braamc - 2012-03-28 06:25

    Get this "industry" working, got a lot of faith in you Naledi!

  • Johan - 2012-03-28 06:33

    Can she read and write or is she one of those 30% pass marticulants ?

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