Department of Science and Technology (South Africa)
|Jurisdiction||Government of South Africa|
|Annual budget||ZAR 6.69 billion (2008-2009)|
|Minister responsible||Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology|
|Department executive||Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General: Science and Technology|
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is the South African government department responsible for scientific research, including space programmes. The current Minister is Naledi Pandor, who previously held the post from 2009-2012.
Much of the Department's work is ultimately carried out through various quasi-independent agencies (although still usually government bodies) including:
- the National Research Foundation of South Africa, which receives a substantial proportion of the DST budget to carry out various research support tasks, including supporting key national research infrastructure ("National Research Facilities"), scientific research grant administration and a student grant scheme;
- the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which acts as a quasi-privatised research and development agency with a specific focus on research of application to industry;
- the Technology Innovation Agency, which serves to provide funding to turn innovative research into commercial products;
- the South African National Space Agency, which covers space-related research and development initiatives;
- the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa), which focuses its research on human health and disease.
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