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What can the NSTF do for your organisation?

The NSTF is a vehicle for your organization to give expert input to Government policy and a platform to express the views of your management, members and employees regarding science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) policies. 

  • Through the NSTF your activities in Science and Technology can be more widely known.
  • Through the NSTF you can keep updated on developments in SETI policy.
  • The NSTF Awards allow your organization to celebrate your achievements and attain public recognition for them, within the context of a wider SETI community.
  • Through the NSTF you can get involved in activities that motivate and enrich the experience of learners of Mathematics and Science subjects, and encourages the youth to pursue studies and careers in SETI.


  • Is broadly-representative
  • Represents wide-ranging expertise and experience
  • Plays a powerful consultative and lobbying role in SETI policy matters
  • Organises the annual NSTF Awards
  • Was established in 1995

The NSTF has a proud history of involvement with SETI policy issues and the promotion of discussion about SETI matters, as well as experience since 1998 organising the prestigious NSTF Awards.

Our Vision: A South African SETI system that is responsive to the needs of the nation.
Our Mission: To promote SETI and influence SETI policy in the interest of socio-economic growth.


  1. to influence and catalyse quality delivery of SETI policy
  2. to monitor and promote the health of the SETI system
  3. to celebrate, recognize and reward excellence within the SETI sector


The NSTF comprises the following sectors: 

  • Science councils and statutory bodies
  • Small, medium and large business and state utilities
  • Civil society and labour
  • Higher education sector
  • Government sector
  • Professional bodies and learned societies. The professional bodies and learned societies are represented by SETAG (Scientific, Engineering and Technological Societies and Allied Professions Group) which liaises with all sectors regarding professional matters.
    Each of these sectors has one or two representatives on the NSTF Executive Committee (Exco).
    The Exco representatives are elected at a Plenary Meeting, which takes place twice a year.

How does it work?

  • Your organization joins the NSTF by completing the form on the website here.
  • Your organisation then pays a modest annual membership fee, as set out on the website.
  • Your organization appoints a representative to act as communication point with the NSTF office and to attend two Plenary meetings per year on behalf of your organisation.
  • We communicate mostly by email and the Web, but if you want to be more involved there are many opportunities: the NSTF Awards are awarded in May every year, there is a programme of seminars and workshops and there are a number of committees your representative can serve on and render your organization more influential. Although our offices are based in Gauteng, we’ll make every attempt to keep in touch and promote involvement in every region of South Africa.

If yours is a SETI organization, it belongs in the NSTF - where your voice will be heard!.

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA or the Agency) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective of - “Stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations”

Africa is ready to host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, The Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Following an initial identification of sites suitable for the SKA by the international SKA steering committee in 2006, Africa and Australia are the finalists. A consortium of the major International Science funding Agencies, in consultation with the SKA science and engineering committee (SSEC), will announce the selected site for the SKA in 2012.

At about 50-100 times more sensitive than any other radio telescope on earth, the SKA will be able to probe the edges of our Universe. It will help us answer fundamental questions in astronomy, physics and cosmology, including the nature of dark energy and dark matter. It will be a powerful time machine that scientists will use to go back in time to explore the origins of the first galaxies, stars and planets. If there is life somewhere else in the Universe, the SKS will help us find it.


The construction of the SKA is expected to cost about 1.5 billion Euro. The operations and maintenance of a large telescope normally cost about 10% of the capital costs per year. That means the international SKA consortium would be spending approximately 100 to 150 million Euro per year on the telescope. It is expected that a significant portion of the capital, operations and maintenance costs would be spent in the host country. Africa offers a competitive and affordable solution for construction, operating and maintaining the SKA.


A major component of the SKA telescope will be an extensive array of approximately 3 000 antennas. Half of these will be concentrated in a 5 km diameter central region, and the rest will be distributed out to 3 000 km from this central concentration. Africa’s bid proposes that the core of the telescope be located in an arid area of the Northern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa, with about three antenna stations in Namibia, four in Botswana and one each in Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. Each antenna station will consist of about 30 individual antennas.


These antennas will all be connected via a data communications network to a very large and powerful data processing facility on the core SKA site in the Northern Cape Province. The combined collection area of all these antennas will add up to one square kilometer. The telescope will be operated and monitored remotely from Cape Town, where the operations and science centre will be located.


The SKA will be one of the largest scientific research facilities in the world and will consolidate Africa as a major hub for astronomy in the world. It will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers from African countries to engage with transformational science and cutting edge instrumentation and to collaborate in joint projects with the most renowned universities and research institutions in the world.


Hosting the SKA would be a major accomplishment for the Astronomy Geographic Advantage programme (AGAP), an initiative by the South African government to establish a hub of world-class astronomy facilities in Southern Africa. Other major astronomy facilities in the region include the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in the Karoo, and the HESS gamma ray telescope in Namibia.

Read more
Link to Square Kilometre Array's own website,

South Africa's showcase for technological initiative and the measurement of achievements against the best of the best

"The Technology Top 100 Awards are recognised as the premier business excellence awards in South Africa. This celebration of excellence is also a celebration of truly South African innovation."
- Mosibudi Mangena, Minister of Science and Technology.

Technology Top 100 (TT100) is a national programme that acknowledges with fanfare the success that today’s organisations enjoy through their development and use of technology. More importantly, it encourages, measures and honours these organisations for the value their use of technology brings to the South African economy.

Whether they’re small, medium or large businesses, or technology organisations such as science councils and universities, the Technology Top 100 are the enterprises that optimise technology to maximise profits, gain market share, create niche markets and add value for their stakeholders.

Started in 1990, TT100 today has the strong support of both government and the private sector. TT100 is mandated by the DST to celebrate South Africa’s role-models in science and technology. Eskom is the premier corporate partner and additional private sector partners include the South African Academy of Engineering, TBM Communications, and Financial Mail Innovations.

TT100 is a member of the Da Vinci group of companies.


Because TT100:

  • recognises the way you use technology and innovation to achieve your objectives;
  • gives you an opportunity to benchmark yourself against your peers;
  • gives you expert third-party appraisal of your efforts in using and developing technology;
  • enables you to broadcast your achievements to the nation; and
  • gives you the prestige of being associated with South Africa’s longest running, highly credible business excellence award, recognising technology and innovation.


TT100 is open to all organisations that skilfully manage technology, be it through their products, services and/or processes. Any organisation registered in South Africa is eligible, whether or not generally regarded a technology organisation.

You must be:

  • A developer of new technologies; and/or
  • An innovative user of existing technology (where you use it in a way that is more sophisticated than ‘everyday’ use), and where you can show how using it has brought your organisation clear and tangible benefits.

TT100 distinguishes between:

  • The Established TT100, who have been operating for three years or more, and
  • The Emerging TT100, who have been operating for less than three years.

Adjudication processes and the accolades awarded differ accordingly.

The above differentiation is not cast in stone and serves as a guideline. Prospective entrants will be required to indicate which of the two sections of the TT100 Awards they would like to enter.

Please visit the TT100 website ( for a more detailed description of the emerging and established sections of the TT100 Awards Programme.


There is no fee for entry or participation in TT100.


TT100 is not about winning. It’s about recognising and celebrating excellence in all qualifying TT100 enterprises. By entering and successfully completing the adjudication process, all TT100 qualifiers are entitled to the privilege of being associated with South Africa’s role-models for the management of technology and innovation.

Accolades and awards presented to all TT100 qualifying enterprises:

Each qualifying TT100 enterprise is eligible to the following:

  • A trophy and/or certificate presented by the Minister of Science and Technology;
  • Wide exposure and prestige through the business media, including coverage on national television and radio, and in the print media.
  • Entitlement to use the TT100 logo in all media and marketing campaigns, including corporate stationary, emails, websites and product packaging, signifying membership to the exclusive set of South Africa’s technology and innovation leaders.

Accolades and awards presented to all TT100 qualifying enterprises:

Established TT100

The Minister's Awards are the highest achievements in the annual TT100 awards programme. They are presented to the overall best large/medium enterprise and to the overall best small enterprise.

Finalists and leaders (most outstanding recipient in each category) are announced in:

  1. Leader in Innovation
  2. Leader in Research and Development
  3. Leader in Commercialisation
  4. Leader in Empowerment
  5. Leader in Portfolio Management
  6. Leader in Social Innovation

Emerging TT100

The 'Most Promising Emerging TT100 Enterprise' is the highest accolade presented to the most outstanding Emerging TT100 qualifying enterprises.

Recipients of these are announced at the Emerging TT100 Enabling Events, and the Most Promising Emerging TT100 Enterprises are further invited to the National Awards gala function, where they receive special mention by the Minister of Science and Technology.

Visit the TT100 website ( to see the past results including the winners, leaders, finalists and qualifiers.


The final Technology Top 100 qualifying enterprises, category leaders and overall winners are announced at the renowned Technology Top 100 Awards banquet in November, South Africa’s premier showcase event for the who’s who in technology and innovation, and their names are published both in a special media supplement issued after the awards function, and in the mainstream media.

This prestigious event is annually hosted by the Minister of Science and Technology.


Entries are facilitated online. The annual schedule of events varies from year to year and interested parties should visit the TT100 website for the latest information pertaining to call for entries and closing dates for submissions.

Link to Technology Top 100's own website,

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