This year, India and South Africa are celebrating two decades of science and technology collaboration in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, biotechnology, policy studies, indigenous knowledge systems and energy technologies.

 

The countries have invested R90 million in more than 95 joint research projects and other programmes. The partnership provides South African researchers, students and scientists with access to Indian expertise and facilities.

 

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will meet her Indian counterpart, Dr Harsh Vardhan, in Durban this week with the aim of extending their cooperation in science and technology.

 

As part of several activities planned to mark the occasion this week, the DST will accompany Dr Vardhan and a delegation comprising scientists and policymakers during a site visit to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the Northern Cape.

 

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area.

 

Minister Pandor will host Dr Vardhan at a gala dinner in Durban on Friday evening where a number of the counties' joint projects are to be showcased. The countries will also announce their joint call on product development in grassroots innovation.

 

Details of the visit:

 

Site visit to the SKA site

Date:               4 October

Venue:           Carnarvon, Northern Cape

Time:              09:3013:00

 

Gala dinner

Date:               6 October 2017

Venue:           Maharan Hotel, North Beach, Durban

Time:              19:00–22:00

 

For media attendance, please contact Thabang Setlhare at 072 659 9690.