Jeffrey Murimbechi, Pretoria

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Scientists call-out and challenge AU on innovation competences


Jeffrey Murimbechi, Pretoria

The African Union (AU) has been challenged by scientists and innovators who believe the continental organization is not doing enough to spread technological advancements discovered and developed in some countries.

One such technological advancement, critical in the Fourth Industrial revolution is the Additive Manufacturing (AM), a complex but necessary field commonly known as 3D laser printing.

Dr Monname Tlotleng, a recognized expert on AM with the CSIR National Laser Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, believes called the AU to task for not spreading South African technological advancements which could benefit the economy.

“I want to challenge the African Union, such programs must always be in the next (AU) meeting as to how we can learn from programs within South Africa and deploy them across Africa.

“This will set an agenda as to how spread technologies developed in South Africa, at the moment, we have the biggest 3D printer machine in the world but it has not been thoroughly advertised throughout the continent.

“We are limiting ourselves to our own shows (as South Africa) yet we have the rest of Africa that needs this. My thought has always been around how then we are going to take this big machine and make it smaller, through programs like the African Laser Centre we manufacture and deploy them throughout Africa.

By the time we talk about Additive Manufacturing in South Africa, we are speaking the same language in Zimbabwe, in Congo, in Nigeria where we have our African people knowing exactly what are talking about,” he said.  

African scientists have converged in Pretoria for the 11th General Assembly of the African Academy of Sciences which ended yesterday and the Science Forum South Africa which was officially opened by the South African Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

Already South Africa has been confirmed as the host of the 2021 World Science Forum.

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