The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) launched its report titled: The Emergence of Systems of Innovation in South(ern) Africa: Long Histories and Contemporary Debates. The MISTRA publication is edited by Professor Mario Scerri, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) and Professor of Economics at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The launch took part as one of the side events for the 2016 National Science Forum.
The question addressed in this study is the existence, nature and the evolution of systems of innovation in science and technology-based economies in Southern Africa. The study critically re-evaluates industrial, technological and innovation processes as well as the complexities which arise because of the interdependencies and embedded nature of these sectors within the economy.
The book is organised in two sections, the first discussing the chronological history of innovation while the second addresses several critical aspects of the post-apartheid national system of innovation. The chapters are transdisciplinary in nature ranging from, ‘Mining and metallurgical innovations in pre-colonial Southern Africa’ by Professor Shadreck Chirikure from the Archaeology Department at the University of Cape Town, to ‘The Co-Evolution of the South African National System of Innovation (1948-2014)’ by Professor Rasigan Maharajh of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University and ‘The Human Factor in the Evolution of the South African System of Innovation,’ that is co-authored by Dr Lebs Mphahlele, Director at the National School of Government and Professor Mario Scerri.
Download Joel Netshitenzhe's keynote address at the National Science Forum here: Joel Netshitenzhe Keynote_ National Science Forum_20161208.pdf