Launch of the Northern Cape Innovation Forum

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 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.

Event Details:

Date:  Friday, 26 February 2021

Time:  15:00 to 17:00

Platform: MS Teams (Link: Join live event )


Time Item Name Institution/Organisation
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

Platform Facilitator

Department of Economic Development and Tourism


Mr Mabija

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: or

Tel: 053 491 0093

Cell: 061 626 1878 


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