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Review of the White paper on Science and Technology

The objective of this project has been to review the progress of the Department of Science and Technology, and more broadly the Government, towards the implementation of the White Paper on Science and Technology (DACST, 1996). The White Paper defined a vision of six high level goals, nine essential requirements and scores of specific initiatives, the latter divided into six categories of policy formulation.

2017 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

This report is aimed at providing core South African science, technology and innovation indicators with a view to assessing the performance of the NSI and includes extensive data obtained from a wide spectrum of local and international data sources. Data included in this publication mostly cover the past ten years (2007 – 2016) in order to allow for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.

Situational Analysis Report

This report is a contribution to the formulation of the Next-Generation White Paper on Science and Technology. It presents a situational analysis of the contemporary conjuncture, identifying global and local trends that influence society, the economy and the governance landscape.

Performance Analysis Report

This Performance Analysis contributes to the formulation of the intended White Paper on Science,Technology and Innovation (STI). It should be read in conjunction with the separate Situational Analysis.

2017

2016 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

This report is aimed at providing core South African science, technology and innovation indicators with a view to assessing the performance of the NSI and includes extensive data obtained from a wide spectrum of local and international data sources. Data included in this publication mostly cover the past ten years (2006 – 2015) in order to allow for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.

2016

World Class transport in service of the nation: The case of Gautrain

Massive infrastructural projects already undertaken provide insight into the changing and dynamic nature of the changing priorities of government over time. While the objectives remain relevant, the extent and manner in which they are realised becomes particularly important for effective learning to take place.

2015 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

This report is aimed at providing core South African science, technology and innovation indicators with a view to assessing the performance of the NSI and includes extensive data obtained from a wide spectrum of local and international data sources. Data included in this publication mostly cover the past ten years (2005 – 2014) in order to allow for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.

2015

2014 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

This report is aimed at providing core South African science, technology and innovation indicators with a view to assessing the performance of the NSI and includes extensive data obtained from a wide spectrum of local and international data sources. Data included in this publication mostly cover the past ten years (2004 – 2013) in order to allow for a proper trend analysis over a period of time.

2014

NACI Studies & Research Reports
Understanding Mainstreaming
A practical guide toward mainstreaming gender and disability

This booklet provides hands-on information about mainstreaming gender and disability as a strategy to ensure that it occurs throughout the entire science, technology and innovation (STI) sector, and in all aspects of NACI’s day-to-day work, whether it be the work of the Council, the Executive Committee, the Secretariat, or one of the National Advisory Committees. The concept of gender and disability mainstreaming is unpacked within the specific framework of science, mathematics, innovation and technology, and against the backdrop of the national objectives of the improvement of the quality of life of South Africans, the promotion of sustainable economic growth and international competitiveness. Practical mainstreaming tools are provided to enable immediate implementation.

2013 South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators

South African Science and Technology Indicators booklet was prepared by the Monitoring, Evaluation and Indicators project team of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). The indicators contained in this booklet are useful in the assessment of both the state of the national system of innovation (NSI) and the impact of key NSI policies and strategies. Reference to key indicators is a vital contributor to various debates in policy formulation and thereby to the promotion of evidence-based policy decisions.The indicators cover a ten-year period spanning 2003 to 2012. This is a very important period for the NSI, following the inception of the National Research and Development Strategy (NRDS). Coincidentally, most of the targets of the NRDS were set for 2012.
The indicators contained in this booklet are therefore critical in assessing the impact of this strategy on South African knowledge generation capacity and the progress achieved in positioning science-based technology to improve quality of life and economic growth. In addition, it is important to monitor these indicators as we are halfway through the Ten Year Innovation Plan (TYIP), which is key in positioning South Africa as a knowledge-based economy.

2013

Current debates on Innovation

It is now well established in the literature that innovation constitutes a key process underpinning economic change within capitalism. This broad consensus does not however imply that there is a single perspective that informs policy thinking on innovation. Rather what has been evidenced over the preceding decades is the emergence of diverse interpretations that however retain resonance with the general appreciation that “…a national system of innovation can only be judged as healthy if the knowledge, technologies, products and processes produced by the national system of science, engineering and technology have been converted into increased wealth, by industry and business, and into an improved quality of life for all members of society”

2012

Exploration of Community Innovation Systems

The purpose of the project reported here is twofold:

  1. to assess how community and regional innovation sy