Opening Plenary2018-12-11T12:55:31+02:00

Pre-Opening Session

12 December 2018
Rembrandt Hall, Hillcrest Campus, Sports Campus


MeerKAT: Reaching new frontiers through radio astronomy:

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Dr Sharmila Goedhart, South African Radio Astronomy Organisation
Dr Sphesihle Makhathini*, South African Radio Astronomy Organisation
Mr Khutso Ngoasheng, South African Radio Astronomy Organisation
Ms Isabella Rammala*, South African Radio Astronomy Organisation


Team South Africa – Robotics:
Kids between the ages of 14-18, with a passion for STEM. They represented South Africa at The Robotics Olympics in August in Mexico City. Team SA were ranked 6th in the world. They also won gold for the Walt Disney Award for innovation and creativity.

Opening Plenary Session

12 December 2018
Rembrandt Hall, Hillcrest Campus, Sports Campus


South African Anthem & African Anthem


Welcome to the University of Pretoria:
Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor University of Pretoria


Welcome Address by Forum Host:

Mrs Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane

Minister of Science and Technology

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is currently the Minister of Science and Technology and a member of the National Executive Council of the African National Congress. Before this portfolio, she served as a Minister in two portfolios, Energy and Communications, respectively.

Mmamoloko started her career as a community developer in non-governmental organizations and subsequently joined the banking sector as a Skills development specialist. When she joined the public sector,she started atthe National Health Laboratory Services as a skills development manager and then she was recruitedto becomea director inthe office of the President of South Africa.

In 2009, she became a Member of Parliament of South Africa and assumed several roles including serving as the parliamentary advisor to the then Deputy President of South Africa, Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, then later as a Chairperson of the Portfolio committee on Telecommunications and Postal services.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vista University, a postgraduate diploma in project management from Damelin college and a Masters degree in Management in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.


Address from African Union:
Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology


Address by Special Guest:
Dr Sorena Sattari, Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology


Science Forum South Africa 2018 Keynote Address


SFSA Lecture: Igniting Conversations About Science: Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg


Messages of Support From Partners:

Prof Felix Dakora, President of the African Academy of Sciences

Prof Daya Reddy, President of the International Science Council

Dr Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

Dr Vladimir Sucha, Director-General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Ms Keabetswe Ncube, South African Ambassador for the Next Einstein Initiative


Launch of the Calestous Juma Executive Dialogue on Emerging Technologies (CJEDIT) by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the African Union High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET)

Prof Gassama Yaye Kene, African Union Commission High level Panel on Emerging Technologies

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