Research road map plots SA’s long-term visions
Naledi Pandor promotes world-class research infrastructure as the basis for building competitive knowledge-based activities
As universities burned and student protesters faced off against police and private security, the Department of Science and Technology launched its research infrastructure road map last week. Road maps plan for the future — not where universities and researchers will be next month or even next year, but in 15 years’ time. SA had about 18,000 researchers in 2013-14, and it wants more. Universities are the major generators of new knowledge in SA, and there’s a link between research output and economic development.