We have the opportunity to be at the forefront of green growth of low carbon

We have the opportunity to be at the forefront of

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“We have the opportunity to be at the forefront of green growth, of low-carbon industrialisation, of pioneering new technologies and of taking quantum leaps towards the economy of the future.” President, you will be pleased to hear that already the Department of Science and Technology has actually been funding
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 287 specified programmes, undergraduate, Honours and Masters Degree students, in order to ensure that we produce students who are accessing high level skills, such that they will become part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as well as the digital era. For instance, as the Department of Science and Technology, we aim to be in the forefront and on the cutting-edge of big data analytics, so that the dream that the President is talking about is a dream for all South Africans that, indeed we can become a much better country that is in the forefront of high- level technology and digital development. The Department of Science and Technology has already established the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research from 2011, which is a key driver for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Under your leadership, President, this year we adopted a White Paper on Science and Innovation, and in recent years, the Department of Science and Technology has also enabled the development of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, robotics, photonics and additive manufacturing.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 288 Also, I want to invite the hon members who have got time to come and talk to us as the department; we will take you to see what we are talking about, and what kind of the potential that our country has. That’s why we say that the President is not dreaming; the President is talking about some of the things that we are already doing and which we would like to build upon, so that we are able to achieve what we want to achieve. For instance, we are also supporting specific sectors. Minister Mantashe, the Department of the Department of Science and Technology is partnering with the Minerals Councils of South Africa, MCSA, in implementing the SA Mining Extraction Research, Development and Innovation, SAMERDI, strategy. Also, the department has bioeconomy strategy aimed at supporting agriculture by boosting innovation to ensure food security. The government has already initiated a project to ensure that by 2021 all universities and Tvet college campuses are connected to high-speed broadband connectivity. A national Open Learning System is being developed, which is aimed at improving access to high-quality learning materials and resources.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 289 President, I would like to conclude by saying, by combining the Departments of Higher Education and Training with Science and Technology, you have opened huge opportunities to place our country on to a much higher plane in terms of better coordination between what higher education institutions are doing, as well as the science councils.
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