Prof.Natasha Potgieter (left)and Prof Jan Crafford(right)doing the official launch of National science week at the centre. Photo by Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

Official National science week event was held on Monday, 7 August 2017 at Vuwani Science Resources centre.

“The future of African continent is dependent on the next generation, therefore, it is our duty to develop the next generation of talented Scientists and entrepreneurs who can take up the opportunity to create new technologies and innovative solutions for the pressing problems facing our communities,” said university of venda Prof Natasha Potgieter, Dean for the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

She said that Vuwani Centre is making a huge contribution to the country. “It is actively involved in projects that creates awareness of the value of Science and Technology and the role it plays in ensuring sustainable community development engagements.”


Learners from various secondary schools around Thohoyandou listening to speakers during the 2017 national science week official opening. Photo by Zwavhudi Tshisudzungwane

National Science Week (NSW) is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).  This initiative was formed to celebrate various role players conducting science-based activities during the week. National Science Week is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites per province.

This year’s National Science Week is being held from 5 to 12 August under the theme: ‘advancing Science tourism,’ in recognition of the United Nation’s International year of sustainable tourism for development.

University of venda deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Jan Crafford , told the learners that they are the hope of the country’s future. “One of the biggest challenge in our country is to increase the number of female scientists,” he said.

He advised female learners to go for Science and Mathematics in making sure that the innovation becomes possible. He added that the National Science Week has in the past years celebrated during the Woman’s month and it might be a sign that we need to link it with women of this country.

Prof Crafford thanked students from the University of Warwick for their assistance, especially those who help high school teachers with Science and Mathematics. He also encouraged learners to take much information home with them and make use of the opportunity given.

Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane