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A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White Paper.... 

IP policy yet to be finalised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is still finalising its Intellectual Property (IP) policy, before submitting it to Cabinet for approval. DTI International Trade and Economic Development division director Marumo Nkomo on Monday said the IP policy ensures intra-governmental coordination... 

Battery Minerals reaches milestone agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has reached another major milestone in its strategy to become a global graphite supplier to the lithium battery industry, signing a binding sales agreement with a leading US-based graphite processor. The binding offtake agreement covers up to 11 000 t/y of graphite... 

Manage the transition

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2017 Nearly every day there is news about a new innovation in electricity generation, storage or efficiency as researchers respond to the pressing challenge of securing more energy, while producing less carbon dioxide. Scientists are continuing to improve the performance of solar panels, old coal... 

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th April 2016 One of the key messages to emerge ahead of the review of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating is that the country needs to outline the practical actions it will take to reignite growth, which has more or less petered out in recent years, with few expecting the economy to expand by better than... 

Business incubation can play key role in stimulating and sustaining small firms

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th April 2016 One of the key messages to emerge ahead of the review of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating is that the country needs to outline the practical actions it will take to reignite growth, which has more or less petered out in recent years, with few expecting the economy to expand by better than... 

DST identifies solar energy game changers through R&D projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding two solar energy projects that are set to become game changers in the research and development (R&D) of solar solutions. 

Innovative product stands the test of time

6th June 2014 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reports that the bollard, an implantable expanding rivet - which was invented in 1982 - is still on the market and over 60 000 of these medical devices have been sold since its launch. The bollard was invented by CSIR researchers Peter... 

DST and Absa to collaborate on technology

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     19th March 2012 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Monday she hoped the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with banking group Absa sent out a signal that government was serious about working with the private sector to compete more effectively in the global economy. Pandor and Absa... 

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