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South Africa's Approach To Foresighting - A Developing Country's Perpective

Author: P. M. Mjwara, K Njobe, N. Tsengwa, B. Memela, B Day, P Hatty, g Loots, B Protheroe, S. Zikode
Organisation: Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
Publish Date: December 2010
Country: Africa
Sector: Technology
Method: Scenarios
Theme: Futures
Type: Document
Language: English
Tags: South Africa, Foresight, Scenarios, Technology, Department of Arts Culture Science and Technology,

The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) has been conducting a National Research and Technology Foresight (NRTF) project for the past two years. The aim of the NRTF is to identify emerging technologies and market opportunities that can be beneficial to South Africa in the next five years or so. The outputs of the study will be used to guide DACST and other government department in the funding of some areas of research and technology development.

In order to identify emerging technologies, four macro scenarios were developed in order to understand the environment in which South Africa might be operating in. The implications of these scenarios have been investigated for twelve sectors of the Foresight Project. A detailed approach to the foresighting process in South Africa together with some outputs of the Foresight project are presented.

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