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SATN Conference 2010 - Dr David Phaho


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SATN Conference 2010 - Dr David Phaho

  1. 1. TIA and Industry Focused Science, Engineering &Technology (SET) Education 3 RD ANNUAL SATN CONFERENCE 2010   VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY David Phaho Group Executive: Technology Innovation Agency
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>What drives a Knowledge based Economy </li></ul><ul><li>TIA and It’s mandate </li></ul><ul><li>What drives TIA’s Strategic Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>TIA’s Skills Development initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Technological Education -The Case of Tooling </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Key Elements for Sustained Economic Growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information and Communication Technology (ICT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation - Diffusion & Exploiting of Science and Technology outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vibrant Entrepreneurial Culture (namely High Growth, Innovative SME’s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source: 2001 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Report, The New Economy: Beyond the Hype. OECD, Paris. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bridging the “Chasm” through local technology commercialisation and diffusion Research Development Manufacturing Local Knowledge Value added local technology Products & services OVERSEAS TECHNOLOGY SOURCES Research Development Production Technology Transfer $ Innovation “ Chasm”
  5. 5. TIA Mandate & Vision <ul><ul><li>The TIA Act [No 26 of 2008]: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The object of the Agency is to support the State in stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by supporting the development and exploit ation of technological innovations ” </li></ul></ul>The TIA Vision is to be: “ A world class innovation agency that supports and enables technological innovation to achieve socio-economic benefits for South Africa through leveraging strategic partnerships”
  6. 6. Technology Innovation Agency <ul><ul><li>The Seven Anchor Tenants in TIA: </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. TIA’s Strategic Partnerships <ul><li>The Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resource Development </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Technology & Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>International co-operation in skills and Technology Development </li></ul><ul><li>The Partners </li></ul><ul><li>National Departments: DoHE, DTI, DOL, SETA’s </li></ul><ul><li>Others: GTZ, Academic Institutions, Industrial Partners </li></ul>
  8. 8. Centrality of Skills to TIA’s Corporate Strategy
  9. 9. Sector-driven strategies <ul><li>Limited socio-economic impact of technology driven focus </li></ul><ul><li>For optimal socio-economic impact, TIA’s interventions will be sector driven </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as a tool to impact on the sector and societal needs </li></ul>
  10. 10. TIA Sector Driven Skills Focus Areas <ul><ul><li>Enhancing engineering and technical capabilities in the following TIA technology innovation portfolios: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agro-processing, Plastics and Chemicals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tooling and Metal Casting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy Technologies (Green jobs) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Light Materials and Electronics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced production Technologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biotechnology </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>TIA’s Technology Station Programme </li></ul><ul><li>A Brief Review of Skills Development </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Industry focused Technological Education </li></ul><ul><li>The Example of Tooling </li></ul>
  13. 13.                                                         Centrality of Tooling to Development Tooling Design And Manufacture Mining Medical Appliances Packaging Aerospace Others Plastics Automotives Bottling Industry
  14. 14. Benefits of a Competitive Tooling Industry “ For every R1 million invested in Tooling Equipment and Technology, over R250 million of Components can be produced  Sustained Economic Development”. Ref: Department of Trade and Industry’s Fund for Research into Industrial Development Growth and Equity (Fridge) into the Tool, Die and Mould Industry, 2006
  15. 15. <ul><ul><li>But………. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Africa faces serious skills shortage in these critical sectors: Designers, IT specialists, Project Managers and Toolmakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Africa is a net importer of Tools e.g. Local Automotive Industry imports over R3 billion worth of tools annually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low levels of Investment in Machinery and Equipment by SMME’s in Tooling Industry </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. TIA based Initiatives   Institutes for Advanced Tooling (IAT)   Centers of Excellence for Tool Design , Tooling Technology Transfer , Research and Innovation .      These DST initiatives were implemented through the former Tshumisano Trust at Tshwane University of Technology , Walter Sisulu and Stellenbosch Universities  
  17. 17. <ul><li>Key Objectives of the IAT’s </li></ul><ul><li>Integrative Approach to Tooling by looking at the whole lifecycle in the Tooling Manufacturing: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>From Design  Production  Tool Recycling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Economic Growth through enhanced competitiveness through: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design and formulation of curricula for knowledge driven advancement of scarce skills (Designers, Toolmakers, IT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>World class products via properly designed tools </li></ul></ul></ul> 
  18. 18. IAT’s Operational Model                                                                                             ( Walter Sisulu University ) Tool Design             (US) R&D and Technology Transfer   (TUT) Training and SMME Support           Technological Services Industry          
  19. 19. TIA-UoT’s engagements <ul><li>The way forward </li></ul><ul><li>Continue with Industry Specific Internships at UoT’s </li></ul><ul><li>Escalate SME Skills Development (Factory level) </li></ul><ul><li>Orientate Technology Education Initiatives towards National Economic Imperatives namely: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DTI’s IPAP-2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DST’s Technology Localization Program & 10 Year Innovation Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DPE’s Competitive Supplier Development Programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Tooling Initiative </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul></ul>