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Friday, 15 October 2021

Department of Science and Innovation visits CPUT

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: Chief Director: Space Science and Technology, Humbulani Mudau visited CPUT Space facilities recently. STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: Chief Director: Space Science and Technology, Humbulani Mudau visited CPUT Space facilities recently.

As part of the celebration of the World Space Week, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Space Science and Technology team visited CPUT’s Space facilities recently.

Chief Director: Space Science and Technology, Humbulani Mudau, said the visit was part of the DSI’s engagement with key stakeholders to share recent government policies and strategies developments. The visit also provided CPUT with an opportunity to exchange ideas on various strategic areas such as Human-centred design (HCD) and infrastructure requirements as well as developments in technological capabilities.

The visit happened during the celebration of the World Space Week 2021 under the theme: “Women in Space”.

Mudau said DSI was guided by the White Paper on Science Technology and Innovation which the department is currently finalising on education plan. He said the plan has about five grand societal challenges which are focused on the future. “We are looking at the future of education, the type of curriculum that we design for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the other revolutions that are still coming.  We are also focusing on the health and wellbeing of the people of South Africa that’s very critical, health innovations. We are also looking at advancement in manufacturing and industrialisation, how do we then create new jobs, high tech jobs for young people, particularly women.”

Mudau added that his department will also be looking at climate change and environmental sustainability. He said they believe that Space Science and Technology has a critical role to play in addressing these challenges. “Therefore, we will be investing quite significantly in the National Space Programme. We are looking at building a national satellite communication which is very critical for rural connectivity  for ensuring that we create an environment where township or rural economy can thrive because they have access to information, they have access to education, we have seen with Covid-19,  the challenges  that those who are in the outskirts are struggling to connect virtually,” continued Mudau .

“We are very excited with the work that we have been doing on launching, we are seriously considering looking at the indigenous launching capability.”

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Prof Marshall Sheldon, who welcomed the guests at the event which was held at Bellville Campus also added that the University had a lot to celebrate within the Space Week. 

Written by Des