The Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing increasing automation and digitisation to the world, changing how people transact and interact. For South Africa to take advantage of these rapid technological changes and avoid the risks that they bring, it needs to use all the resources at our disposal. Science, technology and innovation (STI) have a vital role to play.


The Department of Science and Technology has therefore developed a draft new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation to make the most of the coming global technological, demographic and environmental changes.


Members of the media are invited to a media briefing on the draft White Paper with the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. 


South Africa adopted the first White Paper on STI in 1996 and, despite good progress, the potential socio-economic benefits of STI are still not being taken full advantage of.


Minister Kubayi-Ngubane will be joined the Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, and the DST executive. The heads of STI entities will also be present to provide insight on the draft new STI White Paper and how it aligns with and advances the objectives of the National Development Plan.


The draft document will be made available for public review at the briefing and the Minister will also announce details of the 2018 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Summit.


The media are invited as follows:

Date:          Monday, 10 September 2018

Time:         09:00-10:00

Venue:      GCIS, Tshedimosetso House, cnr Frances Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria


There will be a video link to the GCIS Imbizo Centre in Cape Town.


For more information

Veronica Mohapeloa (083 400 5730)

Thabang Setlhare (072 659 9690)


Media enquiries

Hlengiwe Nhlabathi

Media Liaison Officer

Ministry of Science and Technology

064 754 8426


Issued by the Department of Science and Technology