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The Department is mandated with policy formulation, interpretation, co-ordination and provision of guidelines for all Science, Technology and Innovation providers through promotion and application of research, development, commercialization and transfer.

Objectives for Science, Technology and Innovation

The objectives of the department are to:

  1. Develop at least one technology in medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, energy and pharmaceuticals for improved productivity and quality of life.
  2. Commercialise at least four innovations and/or R&D results in order to contribute to socio-economic development and wealth creation.
  • Facilitate the promotion and application of information and communication technologies in order to contribute to the creation of a knowledge-based economy.
  1. Promote the utilisation, protection and development of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in order to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of natural resources.
  2. Strengthen the enforcement of regulations and establish standards in research and development in order to ensure compliance and quality assurance.
  3. Develop a critical mass of female scientists at MSc and PhD levels in order to enhance female participation in STI.

Legal Oversight

The Department of Science and Technology provides oversight on the following Acts of Parliament:

  • Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997
  • National Biosafety Act No. 10 of 2007

Policy Supervision

The Department superintends over the following policies:

  • Science and Technology Policy of 1996
  • Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy of 2003

Departmental Structure

The Department is headed by a Director and has two units, each headed by an Assistant Director as follows:

Science Development Unit

The responsibilities of the Unit include the following:

  1. Developing strategies for popularising science;
  2. Identifying and analysing national science problems and opportunities;
  3. Monitoring and evaluating trends in science development and promotion; and
  4. Designing packages of incentives for the development and application of science.

Technology Development Unit

The responsibilities of the Unit include the following:

  1. Developing strategies for innovation, transfer and commercialisation of technology;
  2. Identifying and analysing national technology problems and opportunities;
  3. Monitoring and evaluating trends in technological development and promotion; and
  4. Designing packages of incentives for the development and application of technology transfers.