11 December 2019
Hi, my name is Keabetswe T. Ncube
NEF Ambassador – South Africa
Keabetswe T. Ncube, Postgraduate Researcher and Next Einstein Forum ambassador, South Africa.
A PhD candidate at the Agricultural Research Council, registered PhD Genetics with University of Kwa-Zulu Natal focusing on goat growth and meat genomics. She is the recipient of the National Research Foundation Innovation Doctoral Scholarship Award as well as the Agricultural Research Council Professional Development Scholarship which rewards excellence among young scientists and researchers. United States Forest Services International Visitor Program Alumni by completing her research exchange program at the USDA-ARS Animal Genomics Improvement Lab in Beltsville, Maryland, USA. Ms. Ncube’s work with ARS enhances ongoing work by the ARS lab on the USDA-USAID Feed the Future Livestock Improvement Project. Named a Top Outstanding Young Person in academic Excellence by Junior Chamber International South Africa (2017) and is a Black Woman In Science Fellow (2019). Ncube holds a BTech in Biotechnology with Tshwane University of Technology and a MSc. in Life Sciences with University of South Africa. She has two publications and has co-authored one Book chapter. She is a National Project Coordinator for Rural Education Festival (REDFEST) where she uses her passion for education to ensure that learners are given an opportunity to be exposed to available opportunities in the STEMI field.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN South Africa
South Africa is currently considered one of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa. South Africa is working to profile its scientific achievements and to advance its position among the world’s scientifically and technologically advanced countries. In order to achieve this, the Department of Science and Technology provides leadership, an enabling environment and resources for science, technology and innovation. it will be necessary to accelerate our efforts to build a society that is scientifically literate. This means that we must ensure that our citizens are aware of the importance of science for the growth of the economy and the well-being of ordinary people and are sufficiently informed about science to engage critically with policymakers. It also means that we must support science education and promote careers in science. Science, technology and innovation serve to make people’s lives easier and more comfortable. Therefore, South Africa has enabled research and development in strategic and emerging focus areas such as space science, energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, photonics and indigenous knowledge systems. Science Engagement provides the basis for the national coordination of science engagement initiatives that will stimulate an appreciation of the role of science and technology in building a knowledge-intensive economy and a better life for all.