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Decadal Plan on STI on Track

February 9, 2021

Department of Science and Innovation

A Decadal Plan on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is in the final stages of development.

The higher education, science and innovation minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, confirmed this in a speech at the launch of the South African Mobile Devices Distributors Repairers Association.

The minister also highlighted the policy framework for science and technology contained in the White Paper on STI, approved by cabinet in 2019.

Following its decision, Cabinet declared that “science and innovation often heralds a different way of doing things and allows us to deal with the longstanding challenges in a decisive and cost effective manner”.

Cabinet added that the proposals in the White Paper “seek to address policy coherence, development of human capabilities, knowledge expansion, innovation, performance and increased investment”.

The department holds the view that the White Paper sets down the long-term policy direction to boost economic development and inclusive growth.

The Decadal Plan will serve as an implementation plan for the White Paper for the next ten years.

During the address, the minister emphasized that government holds the view that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a key role in facilitating the objectives of the National Development Plan and those of the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper.

The minister declared that the science and innovation department will “continue to work with our counterparts in all our spheres of government to achieve maximum convergence of all technologies – such as computing and information technology, telecommunications technology, audio and audio-visual content, the Internet of Things and more traditional means for communication such as postal deliveries – as we further gravitate towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”.

The minister also indicated that the Innovation Strategy and the Skills Strategy will be made public soon.