Department of Science and Technology of the Government of South Africa

Department of Science and Technology of the Government of South Africa

Scientific discoveries and the associated development of new technologies are key long-term drivers of economic growth and development. Innovation, technology mastery and the diffusion of knowledge and new products and services into markets are key elements in this growth and result in sustainable improvements in the quality of life of all South Africans.

The White Paper on Science and Technology (1996) created the policy framework for the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) to establish key enabling policies and strategies to inform the strategic development of science and technology in South Africa.

In 2002 Cabinet approved the National Research and Development Strategy as the basis for the National System of Innovation (NSI). The National R&D Strategy requires performance and responses in three key areas: 1) enhanced innovation; 2) providing science, engineering and technology (SET) human resources and transformation; and, 3) creating an effective government S&T system.

It is in this context that the DST has been established as a separate department to ensure that there is greater coordination, integration as well as better management of all government funded science and technology institutions and to provide a holistic overview of public expenditure on science and technology.

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Department: Science & Technology
DST Building (Building no. 53) (CSIR South Gate Entrance)
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria
Private Bag X894 PRETORIA
Pretoria 0001
Republic of South Africa

T : +27 12 843 6300
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Organization Mission

Our Vision
Increased well-being and prosperity through science, technology and innovation.

Our Mission
To provide leadership, an enabling environment, and resources for science, technology and innovation in support of South Africa’s development.

Corporate Values
We are guided by the following values:

The Department is professional and delivers high-quality performance to both internal and external stakeholders.

The Department is innovative in solving problems and enhancing effectives and efficiency.

Ethical behaviour
The Department and its employees are consistent in their actions, and accountable and transparent in dealing with public funds and other resources.

Knowledge sharing
The Department and its employees share and use knowledge constructively to ensure it contributes to the building of a robust and productive knowledge economy.

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