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SKA innovations connecting the African continent

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6th SKA Africa Partner Countries Meeting IMAGE: Supplied ( DSI )

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has been working on advancing radio astronomy programmes and combining efforts to grow astronomy on the continent.

On Monday the DSI were hosts to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and (AVN) partners from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia to look into providing strategic leadership on matters relating to SKA/AVN projects, as well as other relevant radio astronomy initiatives.

Innovations have been introduced to the science world across all nine African partners leading to significant advances in human capacity development initiatives, the strengthening of relevant institutional capacities, the formulation of new academic programmes around physics and astronomy, the roll-out of high-performance computing capability and big data training interventions and science engagement and outreach.

In order to ensure development for Africa  through radio astronomy, the department proposes that is continues to engage with the United kingdom taking the case they have in terms of strengthening the programme into a sustainable programme, skills and capacity through astronomy.

“Partner countries were unanimous in their appreciation of the partnership opportunities made available under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund cooperation framework, which had resulted in initiatives such as the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) and DARA big data training programmes. Since 2013, 123 students have received training under the DARA Project.”

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EDHE: Second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity

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The Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme is hosting the second annual national Entrepreneurship Intervarsity from January to July 2020.

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Entrepreneurship Intervarsity: developing student entrepreneurs

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Student life has its challenges, with different traits, needs, skills,talents, and careers, there are also some who choose to take the entrepreneurship route.

Taking that universities do not include entrepreneurship learning as part of the curriculum. Students may find themselves at a lock down with business ideas that have the potential to grow economies.

We can admit that anew scale for entrepreneurial support needs to be developed in order to cater for the current economy, and with moving forward in changing the scope of youth unemployment.

A platform for Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) supports Student entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship development in academia, Developing entrepreneurial universities .

The following are opportunities offered:

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Over 2000 bursaries go towards developing Gauteng’s Top learners

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The Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expressed immense pride as they handed over 2000 bursaries to Gauteng’s Top Learner’s for the academic year of 2019.

The bursaries were awarded to top 3 performing learners from schools participating in the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), and Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) public ordinary schools.

“we believe with these investments the Gauteng province will be a province that takes care of its own children’, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

One of the biggest concerns with graduates and students has always been finding space within private sectors for skills training. This year we see the extended reach of the programmes, with placement of some graduates within the private sector.

This was achieved through private sector partners, such as Barloworld, Lazarus Motor Company, Scaw Metals Group, Eurospec Automotives, Muavha Auto Mechanics, Umfundiso and more.

Another issue of concern was governments support towards entrepreneurship, which Premier David Makhura highlighted as an important task that government is taking on.

He further stated the importance of having entrepreneurship as part of academic learning within higher education institutions, and having the necessary support from government to ensure that this fits in with the current economic status of the country.

” The focus is on areas called scarce skills areas to support our development mandate. The Gauteng’s development mandate focuses on the type of economy we want to build to ensure a capable developmental state”

Since the year 2014, the Gauteng Provincial Government has spent over a billion worth of investment on bursary packages.

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