Innovation agency board appointed

first_img10 July 2009 The board of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency, a new public body to stimulate the development of technology-based products and services in the country, has been appointed. Announcing the members of the board in Johannesburg this week, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the agency would use South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs, and help move the country from a commodity-based to a knowledge-based economy. The agency will eventually incorporate the existing Innovation Fund, Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs), and Tshumisano Trust, a Department of Science and Technology agency that provides support for Technology Stations based at the country’s universities of technology. It will also build on capacity that exists in the department’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy implementation unit, and Advanced Minerals Initiative. Dr Ramphele Mamphele, former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and former managing director of the World Bank, will be the agency’s chairperson. Board members include Peotona chairperson Cheryl Carolus; SA Veterinary Council member Dr Steven Cornelius; Cape Biotechnology Trust board chairperson Prof Susan Harrison; SA Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology president Nhlanhla Msomi; and legal expert Alan Lax. Other members include CKS investments Unisys Africa director Dr Patrick Ngwenya; South Africa Bioproducts chairperson Ross Norton; Altech CEO Craig Venter; and Helen Brow, senior project manager at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Sector Education Training Authority. R720-million has been allocated to the Technology Innovation Agency for 2009/2010. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

G20 leaders divided over Syria

first_img6 September 2013World leaders gathered at a G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia remained divided over Syria after holding a working dinner to discuss the issue on Thursday night, according to the latest reported on Friday that the leaders had “failed to settle their differences over the US push for military action against Syria” following an alleged chemical attack on civilians by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.The Syria issue is proving to be a problem for G20 leaders – the discussion they really wanted at this week’s summit was on the US plan to wind down its programme to stimulate the world economy.But Barack Obama seems preoccupied with Syria. The US president has reportedly managed to win the support of key allies for his plans to launch a “limited” strike on Syria. On Tuesday, Democrat and Republican leaders in Congress announced that that the US should respond to Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.Russia has led the opposition to military action against the Syrian regime, backed by China, both of whom have cautioned against any military action without the sanction of the UN Security Council.Chinese vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao, speaking earlier on Thursday, warned the world’s most industrialised nations of the risks of military intervention, saying it would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on the oil price.South Africa has taken the same stance, urging global leaders to rather allow the UN to intervene in Syria.Russian President Vladimir Putin, opening the G20 meeting, said that a global economic recovery was not yet assured and there were still risks of sliding back into crisis. “Our main task is returning the global economy towards steady and balanced growth,” he said.SAinfo reporter and read more

Trailer: Randeep Hooda as Raja Ravi Varma in Rang Rasiya

first_imgAfter the success of his film Kick and Highway, Randeep Hooda is back again with a film of completely different genre. The trailer of his much delayed film Rang Rasiya is out.The film depicts the love story of Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma and his muse Sugandha Bai played by Nandana Sen. The trailer looks intimate and artistic.Produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India, Rang Rasiya is directed by Ketan Mehta of Mangal Pandey fame.Randeep is sporting a thick moustache while doe-eyed Nandana Sen looks beautiful in the trailer.Randeep took to Twitter to announce the release of the film’s trailer. He tweeted, “Raja Ravi Varma gave face to our Gods, sari as our national garment and was the guru of the father of Indian cinema..”Produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India, Rang Rasiya is directed by Ketan Mehta of Mangal Pandey fame and will release on October 23.last_img read more