The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Budget Vote debate will be held in the National Assembly Chamber of Parliament, Cape Town, on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 14h00.

At 09h00, Minister Naledi Pandor, will brief the media at Imbizo Media Centre, Ground Floor, 120 Plein Street, on the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) priorities for 2017/18 financial year.

This year’s theme is “The Oliver Tambo legacy: Positioning the national system of innovation for the future”.  

Minister Pandor will outline how the DST plans to spend its allocated budget of R7.5 billion for the 2017/18 financial year and in particular, how it continues to implement initiatives outlined in the National Development Plan.

On the sidelines of the budget vote, the DST will assemble an impressive exhibition at Iziko Museum to demonstrate the value of scientific innovation to society. This year, special focus will be given to exhibits focusing on grassroots innovations.

Media are invited as follows:

Budget Vote media briefing

Time:             09h00 – 10h00
Venue:         Imbizo Room, Ground floor – 120 Plein Street, Parliamnt

Minister’s Exhibition tour
Time:            10:00 – 11:00
Venue:            Iziko Museum

Budget Vote Lunch

Time:     11:00 – 13:45     


Presentation by Prof Michael Kahn


Topic:             National System of Innovation Performance
Venue:    TH Barry Lecture Hall, Iziko Museum

Budget Vote Speech

Time:            14:00 – 16:00
Venue:          National Assembly Chamber, Parliament


Please RSVP with Veronica Mohapeloa at 082 882 3818 or David Mandaha on 072 126 8910. For enquiries, contact Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology