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Innovation Towards a Knowledge-based Economy: Ten-Year Plan for South Africa (2008 – 2018)

Author: Department of Science and Technology
Organisation: Department of Science and Technology
Publish Date: 2008
Country: South Africa
Sector: Innovation
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Futures
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Innovation, Human capital, Knowledge infrastructure, Economy, Research and Development, R&D

The report builds on previous work undertaken by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). It is not, however, a compendium of existing programmes. Instead, it is a high-level presentation of the principal challenges identified by the DST, starting not from where South Africa is today, but where we should be a decade from now. The core projections for 2018 are summarised as South Africa’s “grand challenges” in science and technology. The title of this report emphasises innovation – but not innovation for its own sake. South Africa’s prospects for improved competitiveness and economic growth rely, to a great degree, on science and technology. The government’s broad developmental mandate can ultimately be achieved only if South Africa takes further steps on the road to becoming a knowledge-based economy. Transformation in this direction will necessarily shift the proportion of national income derived from knowledge-based industries, the percentage of the workforce employed in knowledge-based jobs and the ratio of firms using technology to innovate.
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