Office of the CEO
The CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Prof Olive Shisana together with the Minister in the Presidency responsible Women, Ms Susan Shabangu will on Monday, 20 April brief members of the media about the first global Gender Summit on the African continent relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.
Close to three years on since the start of the LMIP, we gather at this briefing meeting to share some of our findings to you, Honourable Minister, the Department of Higher Education and Training and the audience of skills development policymakers, practitioners and researchers. I can vouch that researchers in this project collectively spent many more than 10 000 hours studying skills planning. Not only have they studied this area and conducted research to better understand the enterprise and dynamics of skills planning, but they have undertaken the work in collaboration with government and other social actors. I am pleased to note that LMIP has become a brand synonymous with skills planning in South Africa.
The Human Sciences Research Council wishes to convey its condolences to the family of the late Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane who passed away tragically in a vehicle accident along with his two body guards.
The Gender Summit in Africa is going to stimulate meaningful conversations that will ensure that the research agenda is strengthened and also it will help us to reflect on how science, technology, infrastructure, capital and skills could lead to material benefits also for women. The Gender Summit-Africa will be able to take a fresh look at gender issues in knowledge making based on science.
On the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen declaration and programme of action on social development eleven ministers from the eastern Africa region concluded their discussions on the topic of global justice with a call for the ‘active participation’ of policy-makers and researchers from the region in the World Social Science Forum 2015 (WSSF2015), which is taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 13-16 September.
A science symposium hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland, Christian Meuwly, concluded an agreement between the HSRC, the Swiss Embassy, the University of Basel and other social partners to commit to the ideals of the Swiss–South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP).