CHIEF DIRECTORATE: SECTOR INNOVATION AND GREEN ECONOMY

PROGRAMME 5: SOCIO-ECONOMIC INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS

1. DIRECTORATE: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES INDUSTRY

2. DIRECTORATE: SECTOR AND LOCAL INNOVATION

3. DIRECTORATE: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES

4. DIRECTORATE: TECHNOLOGY LOCALISATION

DIRECTORATE: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES INDUSTRY

DESCRIPTION

The Information and Communication Technology and Services Industry (ICT & SI) Unit is part of the Chief Directorate: Sector Innovation and Green Economy, which is in turn part of the Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships (SIP) Programme.

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT

The purpose of the ICT & SI Unit is to implement information and communication technology (ICT) research, development and innovation (RDI) programmes leading to broad participation by role players within National System of Innovation (NSI), and wider diffusion uptake of RDI outcomes for application and commercialization in, and by government, industry and other role players thereby contributing to the information society and knowledge economy advancement efforts for South Africa.

KEY INITIATIVES

ICT RDI Implementation Roadmap – “Digital Advantage 2023

The ICT RDI Implementation Roadmap is a 10 year investment plan to leverage advances in ICT to address socio-economic challenges, in order to create Digital Advantage by 2023 – at the level of the individual, community, industry and society. The DST, in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute, developed the ICT RDI Roadmap as a long-term plan for ICT RDI interventions and programmes. The main purpose of the Roadmap is to help strengthen the ICT RDI ecosystem in South Africa, facilitate a significant increase in ICT RDI investments, and provide a platform for informed decision making with respect to choices of strategic areas of focus and associated funding allocations.

The Roadmap prioritised 27 market opportunities of interest to South African ICT RDI and six main clusters were identified and these include:

  • Broadband Infrastructure and Services;
  • ICT for Development;
  • Sustainability and the Environment;
  • Industry Applications;
  • Grand Science; and
  • The Service Economy.

The implementation of the ICT RDI Roadmap will take into account the existing flagship projects coming out of the capacity building and seed funding implementation programme of the ICT RDI Strategy (2007) that started in 2007/2008 and consisted of more than twenty (20) discrete RDI projects focusing on different ICT domains including; ICT in education, geomatics, and broadband connectivity.

Information Security RDI Programme

Information security has been identified by the DST as one of the key ICT domains requiring a focussed attention in order to build and strengthen South Africa’s capability and competence. As part of the recently developed ICT RDI Implementation Roadmap, ‘Trust and Security’ has been identified as one of the 27 market opportunities prioritized. The Information Security R&D and Innovation Programme managed and implemented by the CSIR Modelling and Digital Science (MDS) unit aims to strengthen this market opportunity through human capital development, technology development and innovation. In this respect, the DST is funding a dedicated HCD programme hosted at the CSIR MDS. The HCD programme, amongst other objectives, seeks to develop ties with tertiary institutions in order to direct research at post graduate level in areas of immediate need and impact.

ICT MNCC Programme

CSIR Meraka Institute has been delegated by the DST to establish a ICT Multi-national Company Cooperation (MNCC) Project Management Office (PMO) to support the cooperation between DST and multinational ICT companies, in order to strengthen the National R&D Strategy (NRDS) and ICT RDI Strategy (2007) objectives, especially with regard to:

  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in ICT RDI;
  • Industry investment in ICT RDI;
  • Human Capital Development in high-end ICT skills (Masters and PhD degrees);
  • Innovation chain, as measured in generating and exploiting intellectual property (IP) for the benefit of South Africa;
  • Providing specialised skills and capabilities to South Africa, that is otherwise not available locally.

Current efforts include cooperation with SAP, Microsoft and Nokia. The MNCC PMO is also responsible for monitoring Africa and International RDI co-operations.

IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

CSIR Meraka Institute; and

CSIR Modelling & Digital Science Unit.

DST CONTACT PERSON

Mr Peacemaker Dlamini

Directorate: ICT & Services Industry.

Landline: +27(0)12 843-6539

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READ FURTHER

National Research and Development Strategy (2002)

ICT RDI Strategy (2007)

ICT RDI Roadmap (2012)

National System of Innovation

National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO)

CSIR Meraka Institute

CSIR Modelling and Digital Science Unit

Broadband4All

Wireless Mesh Network

RECENTLY IN THE PRESS

2014 Apr 10: “DST launches another wireless network”.

2014 Feb 10: “Mixed results for ICT in the Eastern Cape”.

2013 Oct 18: “Nokia offers free mobile maths service”.

2013 Sep 6: “ICT Roadmap on a budget”.

2013 May 10: “Cabinet approves ICT (RDI) Roadmap”.

2012 Dec 04: “Tech Intervention for rural schools”.

DIRECTORATE: SECTOR AND LOCAL INNOVATION

DESCRIPTION

The Directorate: Sector and Local Innovation falls under the Chief Directorate: Sector Innovation and Green Economy of Programme 5: Socio-ecoonmic Innovation Partnerships.

The purpose of the Directorate: Sector and Local Innovation is to strengthen the National System of Innovation so as to enhance economic growth, primarily by ‑

  • forming partnerships with particular industrial sectors that are designed to increase their participation in the research, development and innovation (RDI) value chain;
  • coordinating and facilitating local innovation interventions.

This is achieved through –

  • facilitating and supporting multi-helix innovation partnerships and platforms at local or regional level;
  • supporting processes to design and develop approaches to sector innovation planning;
  • enhancing the competiveness of strategic sectors through high-impact science, technology and innovationinterventions, such as innovation programmes.

KEY INITIATIVES

Building local innovation systems

The Directorate: Sector and Local Innovation supports and facilitates the development of regional innovation forums, which are intended to –

  • provide networking opportunities for small and medium enterprises to participate meaningfully in the emerging knowledge and information-driven global economy by fostering collaboration with knowledge generators and experts;
  • promote innovation within a defined region within a province, using existing provincial and local government structures, institutions and other support structures as implementation agents;
  • act as communities of practice for national RDI projects with a local footprint;
  • inform provincial and national innovation policies from the bottom-up;
  • initiate the management and leveraging of funding for evidence-based studies to identify gaps in the system.

It is envisaged that future activities will include developing mechanisms to include marginalised or informal sectors of communities in the regional innovation forums, where appropriate.

Development of national science parks

Science and technology parks are important innovation support mechanisms through which to grow and support the National System of Innovation. If developed appropriately, taking local conditions into account, they could be useful implementation platforms for hosting and supporting innovation programmes. Such programmes foster collaborative innovation as a core philosophy and ultimately have a positive socio-economic effect.

The activities of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in this area include creating awareness and providing grant support and funding for accelerating science park development (primarily for professional fees and disbursements for feasibility studies, business plans, etc., and capacity building at a local level).

Industry Innovation Partnership initiative

The DST established an Industry Innovation Partnership (IIP) initiative in 2013 and to date has allocated R500 million for the implementation of the programme. The main objective of the IIP initiative is to create an environment in which government can effectively partner with industry to co-fund RDI in key strategic sectors of the economy. The DST is encouraging the IIP as part of a broader government effort to support industry competitiveness. A vital performance measure for the IIP initiative will be the amount of funding an industry sector contributes to the identified RDI programmes or priorities, to match government (DST) funding.

Initiatives supported through the IIP include activities in nano-additive processing, commercialising photonics-based products and bio-manufacturing. A significant portion of the IIP funding is also directed towards the development and expansion of the satellite and titanium industries, as well as growing the information and communication technology (ICT) industry partnerships within the context of the Cabinet-approved ICT RDI Implementation Roadmap http://www.dst.gov.za/images/ict_rdi_roadmap.pdf, focusing initially on strengthening and growing the existing partnerships with multinational ICT companies, and creating new ones with local ICT industries.

Sector-specific innovation funds

In addition, the DST approved the establishment of the Sector-specific Innovation Fund Programme in May 2013 as part of the broader IIP initiative. The programme's main objective is to provide a mechanism through which government and industry can co-invest in industry-wide RDI priorities identified by industry and that support economic outcomes such as modernisation, competitiveness and job creation. It also aims to build stronger links between industry and the public science system. The Sector-specific Innovation Fund Programme focuses on improving the competitiveness of existing sectors of the South African economy. It is designed to allow the particular industry to determine its RDI needs. Industry will also be closely involved in monitoring the research and ensuring it meets identified requirements.

IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

Regional innovation forums and partnerships

Government agencies

Industry sector bodies/Not-for-profit companies

CONTACT PERSON

Ms Sunita Kalan

Director: Sector and Local Innovation

+27 (0)12 843 6443

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RELEVANT PRESS RELEASES

Launch of East London Science and Technology Park (21 August 2014)

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/east-london-science-park-to-drive-economic-growth-2014-08-21

Launch of the Free State Regional Innovation Forum (9 May 2013)

http://www.bloemfonteincourant.co.za/article/1172/Regional-Innovation-Forum-launched

Launch of the Stellenbosch Innovation District (26 October 2012)

http://blogs.sun.ac.za/news/2012/11/01/su-and-partners-launch-stellenbosch-innovation-district-project/

Launch of the Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (4 June 2012)

http://govza.gcis.gov.za/node/476803

Launch of Eastern Cape's Regional Innovation Forum (3 March 2011)

http://www.innovationeasterncape.co.za/releases/2011_01.php

FURTHER READING

Enhancing innovation in South Africa: the Co-operative Financial Institute of South Africa (COFISA) experience http://www.innovationeasterncape.co.za/download/cofisa_enhancing_innovation.pdf

Report on the limited scope feasibility study for the establishment of an East London Industrial Development ZoneSciencePark http://www.innovationeasterncape.co.za/download/cofisa_elidz_2008.pdf

DIRECTORATE: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES

DESCRIPTION

The Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies is part of the Chief Directorate: Sector Innovation and Green Economy of Programme 5: Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships.

The purpose of the Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies is to implement green research, development and innovation (RDI) programmes leading to broad participation by role players in the National System of Innovation and wider uptake of RDI outcomes for application and commercialisation by government, industry and other role players, thereby contributing to South Africa's efforts to advance the knowledge economy. The programmes being implemented by the Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies are part of the efforts to address the Global Change Grand Challenge, as articulated in the Department of Science and Technology's Ten-Year Innovation Plan and Global Change Research Plan.

KEY INITIATIVES

Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap

The Waste RDI Roadmap is being developed as a 10-year investment plan to leverage advances in waste management to address socio-economic challenges, in order to increase the contribution of the waste economy to the GDP. The Waste RDI Roadmap also takes the societal aspects of the waste economy into account. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resource and Environment www.csir.co.za/nre/ division, is developing the Waste RDI Roadmap www.wasteroadmap.co.za. The main purpose of the Roadmap is to help strengthen the waste RDI ecosystem in South Africa, facilitate a significant increase in waste RDI investment, and provide a platform for informed decision making in respect of choosing strategic areas of focus and associated funding allocations.

Water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap

The Water RDI Roadmap is envisaged to be a 10-year investment plan to leverage advances in water innovation to address South Africa's water security challenges. The Roadmap is seeking to use research and development to address the priority needs as articulated in the Department of Water Affairs National Water Resource Strategy Two http://www.dwaf.gov.za/nwrs/.The DST, in partnership with the Water Research Commission http://www.wrc.org.za/, is developing the Water RDI Roadmap. Within the Water RDI Roadmap the DST is also developing the Water Technology Demonstration Programme (WADER) http://www.wader.org.za/ in partnership with the Water Research Commission.

Green Technologies Landscape of South Africa

This study is being undertaken by the Academy of Science of South Africa http://www.assaf.co.za. The aim of the study is to review green technologies available in South Africa, identify gaps in the availability of these technologies and to make recommendations to promote the growth of green technologies in South Africa. This study is intended to benefit policymakers, researchers and industry. The output of the study will be an authoritative, peer-reviewed, evidence-based report that will be available in the public domain.

As part of the evidence gathering, a Technological Innovations for a Low Carbon Society Conference was held in Pretoria, South Africa, in August 2013.

National Designated Entity for the Climate Technology Centre and Network

The Climate Technology Centre and Network http://www.unep.org/climatechange/ctcn/(CTCN) is an operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change https://unfccc.int/2860.php.The CTCN is hosted and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is supported by 11 centres of excellence located in both developed and developing countries, including the CSIR in South Africa.

The DST has been appointed as the National Designated Entity (NDE) for the CTCN in South Africa. Dr Henry Roman is the designated contact point, and  the NDE is located in the DST.

DST CONTACT PERSON

Dr Henry Roman

Director: Environmental Services and Technologies

012 843 6434

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RELEVANT PRESS RELEASES

23 August 2013: Food waste costs SA R61,5-billion a year

FURTHER READING

National Climate Change Response Strategy

The state of non-revenue water in South Africa

National Waste Management Strategy

DIRECTORATE: TECHNOLOGY LOCALISATION

DESCRIPTION
Technology Localisation Directorate is part of the Chief Directorate: Technology Localisation, Advanced Manufacturing and Beneficiation of Programme 5: Socio-Economic Innovation Partnerships. The Directorate is managing two major intervention programmes in support of industrial development, namely: Technology Localisation Implementation Unit and Technology Stations Programme.

KEY INITIATIVES
Technology Localisation Programme (TLP)
TLP was conceptualised and established by the DST in order to provide technological assistance to local firms in an effort to increase their competitiveness and to help ensure that greater use is made of local production and services, specifically in the instances where government, or its State Owned Companies (SOCs) are procuring (capital or operational) goods.

The programme is implemented by the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) hosted at the CSIR

Aim:

•    Increase capability & competitiveness of local firms, to enable participation in acquisition programmes of State Owned Companies (SOCs)
•     Utilise local procurement as a lever to improve local market access, leading to increased export
•    Retain and expand job creation

Technology Stations Programme
The TSP, hosted by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a broad based instrument, based on the German Steinbeis model, whereby knowledge at Universities/Universities of Technology are leveraged to provide support to the industry, whilst at the same time the exposure to industry problem solving is fed back into the curriculum, resulting in better educated and more employable students

The TSP is a network of 18 Technology Stations which includes 3 Institutes of Advanced Tooling (IATs) that are hosted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in particular the Universities of Technology (UoTs). The TSP is used as an instrument to provide technology support, infrastructure and services to local enterprises with a primary focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the aim of improving their level of competitiveness.

The type of technology support and expertise provided to SMEs includes: -

•    Product design and simulations.
•    Product and process development and improvements.
•    Product analytical enhancement for shelf-life improvements, quality and compliance.
•    Tooling and moulds design and advanced manufacturing techniques.
•    Tailor-made training and technology demonstrations
 
IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

TIA Technology Station Programme 
 
Technology Station Brochure download
 
Technology Station Contact Details view

CSIR Technology Localisation Implementation Unit http://www.tliu.co.za

DST CONTACT PERSON
Ms. Mmamose Seloane
Director: Technology Localisation
012 843 6411
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