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Keynote address by DST Minister, Naledi Pandor MP, at the CoE Directors' Forum, UWC, 13 November 2014

Program Director; Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde
Dr Albert van Jaarsveld; CEO: NRF
Distinguished guests;
Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for the invitation to speak to you this morning.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our hosts, the University of the Western Cape, on being awarded their first Centre of Excellence, which focuses on the critical issue of food security.

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Minister announces additional centres of excellence

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To All Media

13 November 2014

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has announced the establishment of three more research centres of excellence (CoEs), bringing the number of such centres in the country to 17.

The CoEs will be in water, HIV and Aids, and human settlements, and will be co-funded with other stakeholders.  They are expected to start functioning in the next financial year, following a call for proposals from research institutions.

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A debate among leading astrophysicists to be hosted by the University of the Western Cape

Does the Dark Universe exist?

A debate among leading astrophysicists will be hosted by the University of the Western Cape on Thursday 20 November 2014 19h00 – 20h30 at the Life Sciences Building, Auditorium

Over the last fifty years, our picture of the Universe and what it is made of has radically changed. We interpret properties of the Universe through the light and radio waves from galaxies. This has led to the discovery that most of the Universe is “dark”!

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