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16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

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Poem by Nkateko Masinga’s

16 days of activism against gender-based violence

perhaps if

on day 17

our loved ones

would wake up

from their graves

bodies unbattered

necks untwisted

killers jailed

or in the ground

where they

took others

it would be

easier

to understand

these two weeks

but instead

we are digging

more graves

graves stretching

for as far as our swollen

black eyes

can see

names trailing

behind hashtags

none of them named lazarus

none of them waking up

none of them coming home

on day 17

the chanting is softer

the dead have multiplied

the mourners are fewer

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Encouraging better ways of understanding science within communities

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(From right to left) Kevin Brandt (EWN), Robert Inglis ( Science Spaza),Pfungwa Nyamukachi( The conversation), and Sibusiso Biyela ( Journalist)

The Innovation Bridge technology and showcasing event and Science Forum South Africa created a platform for local innovations to express the possibilities of science growing Africa’s economy and changing communities.

The fifth summit, was for the first time in collaboration with the Innovation Bridge – a technology matchmaking and showcasing event.

According to the head of the National Intellectual Property Management Kerry Faul, this event gives innovators the opportunities to come face-to-face with investors, their market, funding partners, and manufacturers.

Taking that science is not popular among communities, one of the issues that was raised at the Science Journalism Workshop was the inability of communities to understand innovations and new technologies enough for them to use the technologies on their own.

A Panel discussion held by Kevin Brandt (EWN), Pfungwa Nyamukachi( The conversation), Robert Inglis ( Science Spaza) and Sibusiso Biyela ( Journalist) looked into the complexities of science.

Talking about science communication, Robert Inglis emphasised framing science in good stories to encourage science stories with impact and Moving away from simple narratives when dealing with the complexity of science.

With the technological revolution, new technologies a set to come in, technologies aimed at improving quality of life within communities.

According to the panel, the introduction of new technologies should be accompanied by stories which allow communities to understand new technologies and science in ways which create impact.

The growth of science has encouraged partnerships from all around the world, specialists to come together, opened new grounds for entrepreneurs and most importantly has become inclusive.

#IBSFSA2019 an initiative by the Department of Science and Innovation



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IB and SFSA collaborate to ignite science,technology and innovation

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60 exhibitors, 97 innovations, industry leaders, domain specialists, entrepreneurs and investors will come together to “ignite conversations about science for innovation with impact”.

For the first time, the 5th Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) will be hosted together with the 3rd Innovation Bridge (IB) Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event.

Under the theme “Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact”, the Science Forum South Africa and Innovation Bridge will take on discussions about science, technology and innovation in society.

A three day event which is set to take you through how science,technology and new innovations will be compatible in the 4IR era.

The event will take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre from the 4th to 6th December 2019. Both events are initiatives of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

For more information click on the following link: DSI

Igniting Conversations About Science For Innovation With Impact

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Many have seen the technological revolution as a threat to job security, however, Gugu Goodness Sema, head of 4IR at South Africa’s Media, Information and Community Technology (MICT) SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) says, “for an economy to benefit from these changes, as opposed to suffer the consequences of the much predicted mass-unemployment that this revolution will hail, there needs to be a 4IR ready workforce.”

With the presidential commission stepping in, developing a policy to address 4IR across various sectors including agriculture, finance, mining, manufacturing, ICT and electronics and business.

Sema also acknowledged that, there is still a gap in terms of understanding what the 4IR entails, proposing that some of the essential points around 4IR need to be clarified and how the needs of the 4IR future will be embraced and pro-actively addressed.

The MICT SETA is also said to have a 4IR divsion and advisory committees with four stream areas of focus which include education, research, policy and labour, aimed at contributing towards Presidential 4IR Commission programmes.

The division aims to ensure alignment with other institutions such as SETAs, academia, public funded research institutions, labour and community on 4IR policy and implementation.

“The opportunity to create a 4IR ready country and workforce will take an immense amount of resources – but fortunately the process has already begun and as we head into 2020 will accelerate into high gear,” Sema added.

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