Kick-start of the National Science Week 2019 

“Facing the harsh realities of climate change”

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) is a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), and it implements National Science Week (NSW) annually. This year over 100 organisations have been given grants to carry out activities to popularise science across South Africa from 29 July to 3 August 2019.  There will be at least one site hosting NSW activities in each of the 52 district municipalities and metros in the country.

Minister Nzimande to launch 2019 National Science Week in Kimberley

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, will launch the 2019 installment of National Science Week (NSW), the premier science engagement initiative on the Department of Science and Innovation’s calendar.This year’s launch event will take place in Kimberley on 27 July in partnership with the Northern Cape Basic Education Department, Sol Plaatje University and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).

Forging of an international relationship to share local science stories

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has forged a relationship to share South African scientific achievements with a national newspaper in China. This new agreement with Science and Technology Daily in China, complements a continuum of established agreements that SAASTA has already forged with countries across the world, including United States of America, Malawi, Egypt, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, amongst others.

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.


14 September 2019

ScopeX is a Telescope and Astronomy Expo hosted annually since 2002 by amateur astronomers and members of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa.
The event is held at the Military History Museum in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
The website gives detail on past events

TESS Mpumalanga Science Festival EXPO – Nkangala District 

24 -28 February 2020

A series of Science and Technology activities (exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations etc.) from different SET institutions.

Scifest Africa, South Africa’s National Science Festival

15 -21 April 2020

Scifest Africa is the largest science festival in Africa, and offers an interactive festival programme consisting of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, outreach activities and various other events.

Working World Exhibition 2020

21 -23 April 2020

The Working World Exhibition is the most comprehensive and cutting edge Exhibition – designed to empower and position learners for the world of work.
The Exhibition repackages the essential components of a Career guidance programme into an interactive experience that learners can identify with and find meaningful.
Career resources such as experts sharing opportunities in careers of skills shortages, bursaries and entrepreneurship, seminars as well as the Workbook gives life to South Africa’s largest careers & skills Exhibition.

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