National Science Week (NSW), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is a countrywide celebration of science, which sees various stakeholders conducting science-based activities during the week.

 

National Science Week is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites in each province. The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) serves as the national project manager for the focus week. SAASTA is a programme of the National Research Foundation, a DST entity.

 

This year, the nationwide event will be launched at the University of Mpumalanga by the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, the Premier of Mpumalanga, Refilwe Mtsweni, and local government leaders.  The launch event will take place on Saturday, 28 July 2018.

 

There will be a two-day exhibition alongside the launch, with displays on the applications of science and technology in our daily lives from 70 organisations. About 4 200 people, including 3 450 learners from 60 schools in Mpumalanga, will attend the exhibition.

 

This year's event is being held under the theme "Celebrating the life of Mama Albertina Sisulu – Deepening our democracy through science".  It was only after the advent of democracy that science and technology received its due recognition in South Africa by being placed under the custodianship of a government department.

 

For a list of NSW 2018 events in your province visit www.saasta.ac.za.