oa CSIR Science Scope - Promoting skills development and public awareness of laser science : lasers
South Africa is experiencing a dire shortage of skilled people in science, engineering and technology (SET) disciplines. The CSIR National Laser Centre has put measures in place to contribute to research capacity building in SET, as winning nations have clearly been those who have invested significantly in R&D. Singapore, for example, spends 2.1% of its GDP on R&D, while the figure for Japan is 3.1%. The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Mosibudi Mangena, emphasised in Parliament in May 2006 that South Africa intends to increase funding support for R&D from the current 0.81% of gross domestic product (GDP).
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