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NACI Undertakes Foresight Exercise on STI

February 20, 2020

Department of Science and Innovation

The National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) has written a report on foresight exercises.

In a statement, the science and innovation department described foresight exercises as empowering “decision makers and policy planners to use new ways of thinking and talking about the unfolding future, and implementing strategic plans that are compatible with such a future”.

The concept of foresight is based on the premise that the “future is still in the making and can be actively influenced or shaped, rather than already decided and therefore merely to be awaited and accepted”.

The synthesis report was written as part of the South Africa Foresight Exercise for Science, Technology and Innovation 2030 (SAForSTI).

According to the department, NACI led the foresight exercise as a contribution to the development of a decadal plan for implementing the 2019 White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation.

“The exercise sought to investigate the future of science, technology and innovation (STI) in South Africa, and the potential of STI to address ongoing societal challenges and support the creation of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development.”

The SAForSTI identified nine STI domains, namely, the circular economy, education for the future, sustainable energy, the future of society, health innovation, high-tech industrialisation, information and communications technologies and smart systems, and nutrition and water security.

Advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution also came under the spotlight.

Meanwhile, the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions published adjusted fees for 2020/21 in Government Gazette 43015.

Annual fees for professionals stand at R1 490 while candidates will pay R520.

Other fees include a R1 900 application fee, a R4 000 critical skills visa fee and a R2 500 appeal fee.

The new fees apply from 1 April 2020.