Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is pleased to inform you that the Northern Cape Innovation Forum (NCIF), will be launched officially, on Friday, 26 February 2021.
In recognition of the importance of innovation to increase social and economic development in the Northern Cape Province. The NCIF will be established as a platform for academia, government, business, and civil society to develop the Northern Cape’s system for innovation. Conceptualised in 2019, under the Department of Science and Innovation, Regional Innovation Support programme, SPU was awarded a grant from the CSIR’s Technology Localisation Implementation Unit to seed the NCIF.
With a matching grant from the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the NCIF led by SPU, has gathered momentum from key local stakeholders that include the Office of the Premier, Sol Plaatje Municipality, Black Management Forum, Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Northern Cape Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Petra Diamonds, and the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs Forum.
The NCIF is tasked to spark creative thinking and stimulate innovation, as a catalyst to advance the Northern Cape’s development in a modern and changing technological world. Visit the website at www.ncif.co.za for more information.
Dr Zamani Saul, Premier of the Northern Cape Province and Professor Andrew Crouch, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Sol Plaatje University will preside over the virtual launch. The keynote address will be given by Mr Buti Manamela, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
You are cordially invited to join the launch via the MS Teams platform.
Date: Friday, 26 February 2021
Time: 15:00 to 17:00
Platform: MS Teams (Link: Join live event )
|15h00 – 15h05||Welcome||Executive Mayor
Mr Patrick Mabilo
|Sol Plaatje Municipality|
|15h05 – 15h10||Opening Remarks and Introduction of the honourable guests||Prof Andrew Crouch
Vice-Chancellor & Principal
|Sol Plaatje University (SPU)|
|15h10 – 15h30||Keynote Address
|Mr Buti Manamela
Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science & Innovation
|Department of Science and Innovation|
|15h30 – 15h40||Northern Cape Province Outlook on Innovation||Dr Zamani Saul
|Northern Cape Provincial Government
15h40 – 16h20
|Showcase of Local Innovations|
|Abantu WIFI||Mr Edward Matiwane
Business Intelligence Analyst
|Diamond Vision Creation Hub NPO|
|South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) / SKA Africa||Ms Apiwe Holele
Technology Commercialization Specialist
|Digi-Ticket||Mr Tshepang Peme
|DigiTicket SA (Pty) Ltd|
|Snap Smart watch||Mr Melvin Kisten
16h20 – 16:40
|Messages of Support|
|North West Regional Innovation Support Platform||Mr Joseph Ndaba
|Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Acting Head of Department
|H NCIF MLab Galeshewe||Mr Henleo Louw
|16h40 – 16h55||NCIF Network and Work Plan||Ms Tshegohatso Chifokoyo Coordinator||NCIF|
|16h55 – 17h00||Vote of thanks||Mr Abraham Vosloo
For further details on the programme and for interviews please contact Ms Tshegohatso Chifokoyo:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel: 053 491 0093
Cell: 061 626 1878