2009/10 DST Corporate Strategy Presented to the Portfolio Committee June 2009

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<ul><li><p>2009/10 DST Corporate Strategy Presented to the Portfolio Committee June 2009</p></li><li><p>Contents:Introduction: Strategic overviewKey strategic goalsRecent outputsTen year innovation PlanPerformance indicatorsResources: Human and financialPublic entities reporting to DSTConclusion</p></li><li><p>Strategic Overview and Policy DevelopmentsCorporate Strategy aligned to the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF):MTSF emphasises the importance of technology innovation in speeding up economic growth and creation of decent work and poverty alleviation i.e. sustainable livelihoods</p></li><li><p>Strategic Overview and Policy DevelopmentsThe MTSF emphasises the need to build on the current range of strategies and support programmes already supporting innovation in firms andResearch and Development (R&amp;D) in the private and public sectors with emphasis on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals,space science and technology,</p></li><li><p>Strategic Overview and Policy Developments</p><p>Research and Development (R&amp;D) in the private and public sectors with emphasis on: energy security and other opportunities presented by climate change. In this regard, the appropriate, continuous and effective implementation of the 2007 Cabinet endorsed ten-year innovation plan will be crucial. </p></li><li><p>S&amp;T WhitePaperR&amp;D Strategy S&amp;T missions10Yr InnovationPlanOECD Reviewof SA NSI1996200220042007Creationof DSTNew public S&amp;T missionsBiotechnologyICTAdvanced manufacturingAstronomyKnowledge-based economyGrand challengesHuman capital developmentNSI SWOTBenchmarkedDeveloping the NSI2009PolicyImplementation TIA NSA IPRStrategic Overview and Policy Developments Cont.</p></li><li><p>The innovation chainHuman Capital Development</p><p>Innovation Capacity</p><p>International Cooperation and Public sector support (R520m)</p></li><li><p>Strategic Overview and key Policy DevelopmentsStrategic Management Framework sets specific areas of DST involvement across NSI</p></li><li><p>Science and Technology missionsBased on geographic advantageAstronomyHuman PalaeontologyBiodiversityAntarctic researchKey technology platformsAdvanced manufacturingBiotechnology, ICT, poverty alleviationLeveraging resource-based industriesDeveloping new knowledge-based industries</p></li><li><p>National Research and Development Strategy</p></li><li><p>DST Principal GoalsTo develop the innovation capacity of the science system and contribute to socio-economic developmentDevelop South Africas knowledge-generation capacityTo develop appropriate human capital for research, development and innovation (RDI)To build world-class RDI infrastructurePosition SA as a strategic international RDI partner and destination</p></li><li><p>Some Recent Outputs Cont. Biotech Innovation Centres (BICs) led to: the launch of the National Biosafety Platform.the successful completion of a second year of the Cyclotron Mutagenesis project, (funded by PlantBio), by the African Centre for Crop Improvement (based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal) in collaboration with the RIKEN institute in Japan, to generate variants of maize, millet and sorghum.</p></li><li><p>Some Recent Outputs Cont. BICs led to: </p><p>the launch of a biological control company XSit (Pty) Ltd in 2008. SunBio a company that conducts yeast and wine-related research, development and commercialisation was spun out as a result of this;</p></li><li><p>Some Recent Outputs Cont.The Innovation Honours Bursary programme supported 271 students in 2008 85 % were black and 55 % female students.The Research Professional Development Programme benefited 197 young professionals.76% were black and 50% female.Centres of Excellence (CoEs) attracted 395 postgraduate students and produced a total of 220 peer reviewed research articles.</p></li><li><p>Some Recent Outputs Cont.A total of 125 unemployed SET graduates were employed at 22 science centres. National Science Week (NSW) 2008 was conducted in more than 67 sites countrywide. 89% of the 195 000 participants were learners. Over three million people were reached using electronic and print media.</p></li><li><p>Some Recent Outputs Cont.R&amp;D Survey ResultsThe 2006/7 R&amp;D survey results show:GERD is 0.95% of GDP on target for 1% by 2008business continues to be the major performer of in-house research (66,9 percent)39 591researchers and support staff in the public and private sectors, with about 18 572 FTE researchers</p></li><li><p>Principles of the 10 Year Innovation Plan Principles informing 10 Year Innovation Plan:Articulates an innovation path to contribute fundamentally towards the transformation of the economy to a knowledge economy;Informed by triage in decision-making i.t.o:Focus on SAs areas of competence;Global Objectives;Societal transformation; andCritical mass.Based on premise that governments growth targets require a significant investment in innovation</p></li><li><p>Ten Year Innovation Plan</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Establish and operationalise TIA and NIPMO in order to:Address innovation chasm and facilitate the exploration of basic research outputs for socio-economic development.</p><p>Address the fragmentation of funding instruments that are currently evident in the NSI.</p><p>Establish partnerships between government, academia and industry in respect of the translation of a greater proportion of R&amp;D into technology-based products and services with the potential for commercialisation.</p></li><li><p>Innovation instrumentsIntellectual Property (IP) for Publicly Financed Institutions Bill signed National Intellectual Property management Office (NIPMO)Offices of Technology Transfer (OTTs)Course for managers on Innovation ManagementTechnology NurseryTechnology Innovation Agency (TIA)Centres of Competence</p></li><li><p>Innovation instruments (cont.)Sectoral R,D&amp;I</p><p>Regional innovation Systems</p></li><li><p>Innovation instrumentsTIA</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Cont.Develop appropriate space technology platforms and promote the use of space applications for socio-economic benefits.Provide strategic direction towards the construction of the SKA demonstrator telescope and other activities to ensure that South Africa is well positioned to host the SKA.Drive strategic interventions to stimulate innovation towards sustainable energy security for South Africa and the Region.Provide strategic direction in building the bioeconomy in South Africa through the National Biotechnology Strategy and CoCs.</p></li><li><p>CoC model - Known outcomesCompetenceCapabilities (in various partners, incl HEIs, Science councils, etc)Potential Products/ServicesProduction methods &amp; IntegrationTechnologyPlatforms</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Cont. DST will continue to participate in international engagements:Continue to play a role in the Group Earth Observation (GEO)Deepen regional integration in STI to support the implementation of the Consolidated Science and Technology Plan of Action (CPA) and SADC Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation. Continuing support to the SADC Desk</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Cont.DST will continue to participate in international engagements:will continue to participate in the African Ministers Council on Science and Technology to influence S&amp;T policy in AfricaWill promote the leveraging of :Foreign Direct Investment,functional bilateral relationships, an increased number of large-scale research projects, and</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Cont.DST will continue to participate in international engagements:Will promote the leveraging of :access to international skills and big science facilities,leveraging international support for human capital development, knowledge generation,knowledge infrastructure and research excellence using instruments such as the Science and Technology Agreements Fund. </p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives Cont.Finalisation of the SET human capital development strategy:Development of the Innovation Enabling Skills Strategy as a subset of SET human capital development strategy Establishment of the 9th centre of ExcellenceFurther implementation of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi)Continuing implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy (such as National Science Week etc).</p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives (Cont.)The Global Change Science Plan will be launched:Indicates the key science and research work to be undertaken to take forward the global change grand challengeDevelopment of a Risk and Vulnerability atlas</p><p>The implementation of number of sector development programmes in the areas of agriculture, mineral processing, forestry, fisheries, agro-processing and mining as well as cross cutting area of water. </p></li><li><p>Medium Term Initiatives (Cont.)DST will continue introduce and promote innovative technology and management systems to support the creation of sustainable jobs and wealth opportunities in areas of deprivation and, with a focus on sustainability, to contribute to issues of human settlement. </p></li><li><p>Aquaculture (Marine)Demonstrate and Pilot technical, environmental &amp; commercial viabilityThe W. Cape Small-Scale Trout farmer Project harvested over 140tonnes Grade A trout, sold to the market2009/10 DST supporting the establishment of a Primary-Processing factory (slaughter house) for the 35 small-scale operations in W. CapeThe DST-I&amp;J Marine Finfish Grow-Out Pilot in Nelson Mandela Bay, harvested 10tonnes in May 2009, and pilot ends in Dec 2009.DST to engage in advocacy and promote investment in the project to grow pilot into a viable yellowtail grow-out SMME.controlled cultivation of a variety of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and aquatic plants in marine and freshwater mainly for human consumption, industrial use, and recreational purposes. . . implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, and protection from predators etc. [It] also implies ownership of the stock being cultivated- FAO </p></li><li><p>Aquaculture (Marine)The Hondeklip Bay Abalone Grow-Out Pilot has been completed, and results indicates abalone can be commercially grown in the N. Cape. This pilot is now being expanded into a commercial investment opportunity of R43million in partnership with N. Cape Economic Development to establish a 120tonnes p/a production facility.The DST is equipping and strengthening the women-owned and run abalone basket manufacturing SMME it established in 2008/9.The DST-DoA-DWAF Provincial Fresh Water Grow-Out Pilots are progressing slow owing to uncertainty in Provinces on Legislation. Stakeholder engagement in progress.controlled cultivation of a variety of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and aquatic plants in marine and freshwater mainly for human consumption, industrial use, and recreational purposes. . . implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, and protection from predators etc. [It] also implies ownership of the stock being cultivated- FAO </p></li><li><p>Aquaculture (Fresh Water)The project aims to ascertain the commercial, technical, and environmental feasibility potential of cage culture for indigenous species; Aims to develop a basis for commercial aquaculture development directed at Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), PDI participation and community beneficiation andBuild local capacity through tech transfer, training and skills development In 2008/9 the KZN (Pongolapoort Dam) pilot finally got started, as all legislative requirements have been met.Mpumalanga and Free State legislative compliance almost completeIn 2009/10 project is being fast tracked and a mid-term review planned in June 2009In 2009/10 the DST, DoA, CSIR plan to start an alternate feed life cycle grow-out trial of indigenous fresh water fish. Feed is based on prototype developed by CSIR as part of a DST-funded seed-cake (soya) beneficiation project by CSIR and ARC.provide an opportunity for socio-economic development and beneficiation of rural resources and communities through the sustainable non-consumptive utilization of water resources. Utilizes State-Owned water infrastructure, as well as provide access to open water systems in a manner that minimizes operational risks, reduce operational cost, exclude advance skills &amp; technologies as entry barriers to participation..</p></li><li><p>Essential Oils12 Essential Oils SMME are being incubated.Each has 30Ha under propagation, and equipped with industry standard distillation technology.In 2009/10 these continue to be supported and some will be exited end of 2009/10.DST-DTI working on a FRIDGE study through NEDLAC to develop learning on govt funded EO initiative, as well as develop a model for expansion.In 2009/20 the DST and SASOL ChemCity are to establish Provincial Demonstration facilities for plant oils and extracts as replacements for synthetic oils, waxes and moisturizers in cosmeticsTransfer technologies to propagate and extract high-value, low-volume volatile aromatic constituents from plants. These are distinguishable by their distinct aroma &amp; volatile nature which causes them to evaporate when exposed to air. Sold to SA market with international links.</p></li><li><p>Indigenous Medicinal PlantsSupport Community BIO-PROSPECTING of Scientifically-proven plants.Pilot Grow-Out Protocols (with technology partner institutions)Validate whether cultivated exhibit target molecules (chemo-type)Develop Grow-Out Models for Roll-OutLippia Javanica, African ginger, Pelargonium Sidoides, Sutherlandia plantations2009/10 these sites are being expanded Grow-Outs (Demonstration) in support of F2PhSupport grow-out trials of Early Leads and provide feed-stock (input/supply) for R&amp;D &amp; manufacturing.More than 10 herbs under trials, with uptake agreements (CSIR, UP)In 2009/10 the number of early leads trial grow-out are being expandedEstablish Community-Based Manufacturing SMMEsLight manufacture (primary processing) extraction, chipping &amp; dryingSmall-scale commercial (post-harvest beneficiation) e.g. supplementscommercially production of indigenous herbs scientifically-proven to possess medicinal properties &amp; to upscale to post-harvest primary processing to manufacture supplementary medicines, nutritional supplements, and provide raw materials (inputs) for R&amp;D, leading to further products (extractions, drugs, and molecules) development, and ultimately industry. </p></li><li><p>Technology Description(WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topologyRedundancy and Self-Healing Based on the Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g) standardAllows buildings to be linked that are in line of sight of each other (with distances more than 7 km)Broadband connectivity (&gt;5 megabits/sec), at very low cost, and no need for centralised infrastructure such as high masts and base stationsLarge areas can be coveredTo aggregate the SENTECH WiMax backhaul network that is a link to the InternetCantena</p></li><li><p>Mpumalanga Radio Network</p><p>Meraka in collaboration with Motorola have developed a radio corridor with total distance of over 400 km10 Dinaledi schools connected in MpumalangaNEPAD e-Schools connected to this corridor include:- Hendrik Makapan School in the east, ~70km north of Soshanguvhe, Tshwane - To Lomahasha School in the west, at the border with Swaziland and MozambiqueMesh network extend backbone in to towns, local areas and communitiesIntention is to leverage on this radio corridor to connect more Dinaledi schools as part of the Apex 3 Proj...</p></li></ul>