Coronaviruses make up a large family of viruses that can infect birds and mammals

South Africans are assured that measures are in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of Novel Coronavirus should it come to our shores. So far, there are not suspected cases reported.

So far, there are not suspected cases reported in South Africa.

SAASTA celebrates International Mother Language Day

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) is joining the world to celebrate International Mother Language Day on 21 February by profiling science in all nine official languages on various platforms, including social media.

The International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual celebration intended to encourage nations to give importance to their mother language and cultural diversity, along with different dialects that preserve the diverse cultures found around the world.

Young people are breaking down barriers between science and society

Encouraging young scientists to share their work and engage with society is part of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA)’s drive to connect science and society, to lead toward its vision of a critically engaged and scientifically literate society.

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.


TESS Mpumalanga Science Festival EXPO – Kwamhlanga Showgrounds

24 – 28 February 2020

The event is aimed for showcasing, encouraging innovation and creativity via career expo for learners and encouraging them to consider choosing Mathematics, Science and Technology. There will be Science shows, exhibitions form different stakeholders and speakers.

2020 Bojanala District Grade 12  Career Exhibition – Rusternburg Civic Centre

25 – 28 February 2020

The objective of the Career Exhibition is to expose our learners to various employable career opportunities which exist in the labour market and let them make informed career choices.

Science Beyond Borders Festival-Kuruman

25 – 28 February 2020

Breaking Borders Between Science and Community by rebuilding culture of learning STEMI beyond limits.

ASSA Jhb monthly star party and picnic – NRF|SAASTA Jhb Observatory

01 March 2020

NRF/ SAASTA Jhb Observatory hosts the ASSA Jhb monthly Star Party and Picnic at the Jhb Observatory.

1st  Village Science &Technology Expo and Outreach – Makumeke Village

02 – 04 March 2020

Rivoningo foundation is leading the historic Science, Career and arts Festival, a three days event full of exhibitions, workshops, Arts, Entrepreneurship and cultural activities.Over 3000 people comprised of learners, teachers, unemployed youth and general public will benefit from this event.

Waterberg District Career Festival 2020 – Waterberg TVET College

05 – 06 March 2020

The event targets Grade 9-12 learners and local youth, and intents to expose/announce the local NGOs, entrepreneurs and business. Moreover, the aim is create an career engagement platform through presentations and exhibitions by local professionals, entrepreneurs and business as well as other external establishments within both corporate, academia and public sector.

Career Expo – Lowveld Botanical Garderns

06 March 2020

It is SANBI’s mandate that seeks to reveal, explore, celebrate, and champion biodiversity for the enjoyment and benefit of all South Africans, which includes the management of the national botanical gardens as they are the windows to biodiversity.

Career Expo – Pretoria Botanical Garderns

06 March 2020

It is SANBI’s mandate that seeks to reveal, explore, celebrate, and champion biodiversity for the enjoyment and benefit of all South Africans, which includes the management of the national botanical gardens as they are the windows to biodiversity.

11th Mangaung Youth Empowerment Week – Bloemfontein

19 – 21 March 2020

The 11th edition of the Mangaung Youth Empowerment will bring together exhibitors, speakers andordinary people with focus put on equipping young people from all corners of South Africa with information and tools that will help their career and business.

Rand Show – Johannesburg Expo Centre

08 – 13 April 2020

There is something new for the whole family to discover!Foodie Zone featuring the Jacaranda Clash of Kitchens cooking competition, Food demo stage, Coffee and cake experience with SA Bakers association, an Organic Farmers Market, Craft Gin and Craft beer Garden, Food Artisans and celebrity draw cards.

Scifest Africa 2020 – Settlers National Monument

15 – 21 April 2020

In 2020, we encourage our contributors and visitors to recognise the importance of plant health and how this is a pipeline for technologies, innovation, economy and products in their field of research and expertise.
Scifest Africa offers a rich festival programme consisting of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and over 400 other events.

Eding! International Science Festival – Polokwane showgrounds

20 – 25 April 2020

Fun-filled Showcase of Africa’s Science innovations and Development by Institutions of Higher Learning, Indigenous Experts, Research & Development centres, Science centres, Private sector and individual professionals. Exhibitions, Lectures, Science Shows and 4IR workshops are employed to convey the scientific message of E!ISeF.

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.

Science Beyond Borders Festival-Thohoyandou

04 – 08 May 2020

Breaking Borders Between Science and Community by rebuilding Culture of learning STEMI beyond limits.

Balobedu Career Talk and Role Modelling-Ga-Kgapane Youth Centre

11 – 13 May 2020

An outreach programme in which professionals will be talking to learners and general public about their careers and those within their midst while champions of industries, entrepreneurs, company representatives and etc will be talking about roles and opportunities as part of role modelling. This event will be targeting everyone from grade R (reception) to the general public.

Annual African Hands for Youth Career Exhibition-Tzaneen

14 – 15 May 2020

African Hands for Youth NPO will be hosting its 7th Annual Career Exhibition. Over the 2 days of the event, we expect over 15 High Schools to be in attenandance and approximately 1000 learners.

7th Annual Limpopo Science festival (Rural Education Festival)

11 – 17 May 2020

A 07 days’ massive programme that will involve 63 910 people (learners, teachers, general public, students, journalists, scientists/engineers & researchers, industry, indigenous knowledge holders & traditional leaders, tourists, decision makers/politicians & policy makers, science interpreters) in a series of in-reach, exchange programme, outdoor and outreach events.

èDumbe Science Festival -Tholakele Community Hall,Paulpietersburg

24 – 26 June 2020

Heading for its 3rd edition in 2020, èDumbe Science Festival (Formerly known as Maths & Science: Breaking the boundaries Expo) was established in 2016 with the purpose to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) in a fun and festive mood to create excitement, to make Science accessible as a recreational activity to the previously disadvantaged communities, and to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation industry as well as in Accounting, Economics, Tourism and History related career fields.

Sasol Techno X – Sasolburg

17 – 21 August 2020

Sasol Techno X is an exhibition that focuses on displays, workshops, tours, talks and hands-on activities aimed at enthusing learners, students and the general public about the endless possibilities of science and technology.

Eding! International Science Festival – Bojanala Moretele

24 – 28 August 2020

The only substrate that showcases STEMI Career, Research,Innovation and Indigenous System of Africa. Learners from grade 5 to 12, University students and the public get an opportunity of a life-time interacting and responding to the body of scientific knowledge and sharing their own lived knowledge, wisdom and experiences with the physical realm.

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