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DSI acknowledges growing popularity of Moringa products

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 The moringa tree, also referred to as “The Miracle Tree” or “Tree of Life.” 

Known for it’s health benefits, the Moringa tree has become popular as various products have been introduced into the market.

Looking at the popularity of products made from Moringa, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) shared in acknowledging how greatly this tree has contributed towards improving health.

The International Symposium on Moringa, organized by the International Society for Horticultural Science was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Under the theme “the power of moringa in solving global challenges“, and with discussions on topics like the power of moringa in nutrition health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food security, agro-processing, fuel and energy, and many other benefits.

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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

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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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