President Cyril Ramaphosa will host President Xi Jinping at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  Tuesday, 24 July 2018 for a joint South Africa and the People's Republic of China, exhibition showcasing their achievements in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI).

 The exhibition on the Achievements of South Africa-China STI Cooperation consists of three parts:

  • The achievements of South Africa in STI
  • The achievements of the People's Republic of China in STI.
  • The achievements of South Africa-China cooperation in STI.

South Africa’s mega science project the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will form part of the exhibition. The SKA, when completed, will be 50 to 100 times more sensitive than any other radio telescope on Earth.  The SKA is expected to address fundamental questions about the universe, including how the first stars and galaxies were formed.


China is a strategic partner for the global SKA project. South Africa secured the bid to co-host the SKA together with Australia. The SKA is being built by an international consortium, including Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


The exhibition will also showcase other Department of Science and Technology (DST) flagship initiatives such as, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology, Additive manufacturing, Biorefinery, Paleoscience and Wheat breeding.


China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will also showcase their flagship projects.  


The exhibition will be followed by a dialogue which will include leading scientists and researchers from both countries.


South African speakers: 

  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg
  • Ms Zanele Mbatha, Entrepreneur in Fuel Cell Technology
  • Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Prof Tebello Nyokong, South African Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Dr Nompumelelo Obokoh, Divisional Manager: Innovation Support and Protection for Companies & Intellectual Property Commission

Chinese speakers

  •      Prof Wu Xianping, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Principal Scientist of SKA (China)
  •           Dr Zhai Mingguo, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geology and Geophysics
  •      Prof Wang Yifang, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director: Institute of High Energy Physics
  •          Mr Xia Xiaoou, Chairperson of the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BGRIMM)
  •      Mr Chen Zongnian, Chairperson of the Board of Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company


South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) and China's Ministry of Science and Technology signed a science and technology agreement in March 1999 which covers areas of cooperation in biotechnology (food production), new materials and advanced manufacturing technology, information technology, environment and natural resource management, mining technology, mapping and exploitation of mineral resources, and indigenous knowledge.


South Africa and China will also sign an action plan which includes the following two programmes, The South Africa-China Young Scientist Exchange Programme, which will see a minimum of 10 students selected exchanges in China for a period of 6 months. The second programme is, The South Africa-China Joint Research Centres Programme- the focus on the Mining Joint Research Centre stems from existing collaboration which the DST’s Programme 5’s Mining and Minerals Beneficiation Directorate has initiated with China, through the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BGRIMM).  BGRIMM, a state owned entity, is regarded as the largest mining and metallurgy research and innovation institution in the world.  The South African equivalent to BGRIMM is Mintek. With a focus on minerals beneficiation, this will foster technology transfers, product development and commercialization by South African research entities. The DST and Mintek as well as the University of Cape Town have held discussions with the BGRIMM regarding the establishment of the Centre.


The Chinese state visit takes place against the backdrop of a strengthening of the strategic political, economic and social cooperation partnership between South Africa and China. The visit also takes place ahead of the BRICS summit.


Members of the media who wish to cover the visit should send their names and ID/passport numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10:00 on Tuesday, 24 July 2018.


Media are invited as follows:

Date:              24 July 2018

Time:              16:00 to 17:00

Venue:           CSIR International Convention Centre



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