The continent’s biggest Science Festival turned 20 this year. Scifest is the biggest public Science event in the country which attracts national stakeholders in research, education, policy, and outreach from across various fields of science. Several international organizations, such as NASA, support and participate in Scifest.
The South African Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor MP, opened Scifest 2016 and praised the festival for its continued success. In her speech, she highlighted OAD Director, Kevin Govender, as a prime example of South Africans achieving global success in Science. She commended the International Astronomical Union and the OAD for their efforts in using Astronomy for Development.
Visiting fellow Ram Venugopal represented the OAD at Scifest 2016.