Science Deepens Democracy / National Science Week 2018

Posted on February 7, 2019

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National Science Week 2018 kicked off on the 30th July and celebrated the legacy of two great South African leaders. They dreamed of a democratic South Africa where poverty, racism and inequality are eradicated. This year marks the Centenary of both former President Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu with the theme, ‘Deepening Democracy through Science’.

With this in mind, the latest edition of Science Spaza’s newspaper, Spaza Space, celebrates South Africans making a big impact through science and technology. Benefitting the lives of ordinary South Africans every day, scientists, researchers, engineers and technologists contribute to the vision and legacy of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

10 000 copies of Spaza Space have been distributed to Science Centres and Science Spaza clubs across South Africa, to inspire the youth through interesting articles and engaging activities. Each day during National Science Week (30th July – 4th August), a different topic was be explored on the Science Spaza Facebook page.

The topics include machine learning, innovation, entrepreneurship and practical mathematics and are taken from Science Spaza activity worksheets, another resource provided to school science clubs in all nine provinces.

Science Spaza is produced by Jive Media Africa and managed under the auspices of the YAZI Centre for Science and Society in Africa (NPC-K2015047709, Non-Profit Organisation 151-830 NPO).