The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with the support of the BioFISA II Programme hosted the network’s third Annual Event from 21-22 May 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. With over 280 delegates from 17 countries, 56 speakers participating in 9 sessions, and 5 spotlight presentations during the event, there was a buzz of knowledge exchange and interaction among multi-helix players representing the private and public sectors, academia and civil society in the SADC bioscience innovation ecosystem.
Africa is young – and it continues to get younger as other populations around the world are getting older. There are almost 200 million youths in Africa and, according to African Economic Outlook it is believed that the number will double by 2045.
In the 21st century many women have really used their strength and capabilities to fill a much-needed gap in Business/Science. One of these remarkable women is Dr Nomusa Rhoda Dlamini. Dr Dlamini is a Principal Researcher in Food Sciences at CSIR Biosciences. She has extensive experience in the food and agro-processing sector and has participated in technology transfer and training. She has several publications in regional and international peer reviewed journals, and she has also presented at international conferences.
The third round of the Lean Entrepreneur in Biosciences training arranged by SANBio/BioFISA II has been successfully concluded in Pretoria. This week-long workshop was attended by 27 participants representing 10 project proposals from 9 countries in the SADC region. The training was a precursor to full proposal submission, due on 9th of November 2016, and also contributed towards the goal of capacity building in the region.
Meet Ms Nontobeko Precious Zulu, the new SANBio Network Secretary. Before joining SANBio, she was working as a Personal Assistant to the General Manager at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Social Development in the Development and Research Unit. Nontobeko holds a National Diploma in Office Management and Technology and B-Tech in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology.
NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II arranged a Lean LaunchPad™ Training Program for shortlisted seed funding candidates at the CSIR in Pretoria on 14–18 March 2016 to facilitate better proposal writing.
South African Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor with Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources at South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), Prof Aggrey Ambali, Head and Advisor of NEPAD Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH) and other representatives attending the BioFISA II Launch.