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The role of scientists in societal development - challenges for South Africa

P. van Eldik
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 17, No 1 | a688 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v17i1.688 | © 1998 P. van Eldik | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 1998 | Published: 11 July 1998

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P. van Eldik,, South Africa

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Abstract

International and local trends and experiences confirm the importance of reassessing; the role and responsibilities of scientists in South Africa. Revised strategies for human resource development, equipped with scientific and technological expertise and skills, offer tremendous challenges to scientists and the higher education system of the country. Simultaneously the contributions of scien­tists, through their involvement in research and development, to new knowledge as well as the application and utilisation of knowledge in new processes, products and technology transfer, is of vital importance for the economic development of South Africa.

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