The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is business Unit of the National Research Foundation.
Putting the world of science in society’s hands
SAASTA is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF) with the mandate to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.
SAASTA’s contribution to the NRF’s vision is to grow the pool of quality learners today who will become the scientists and innovators of tomorrow.
All science promotion or awareness programmes within the NRF reside under three key strategic areas that combine to form an integrated and seamless approach. The three areas are interdependent, each enhancing the effectiveness of the other.
By taking overall ownership of science advancement initiatives within the NRF and on a countrywide scale, SAASTA is responding to an organisational as well as national imperative.
SAASTA was formerly known as the Foundation for Education, Science and Technology (FEST). The organisation changed its name after being incorporated into the National Research Foundation (NRF) in December 2002.
SAASTA currently occupies two sites, namely the Didacta Building in Skinner Street, Pretoria that serves as its headquarters and the Observatory in Johannesburg, which the organisation acquired in 2003.
Scope of activities
SAASTA derives its core funding via the NRF from the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The NRF itself is a science council and as such is a non-profit entity.