Gateway to Space: The Exhibition
The Department of Science and Technology has partnered with Media24 to showcase technological advancements in space, science and technology.
The Department of Science and Technology's exhibit at Gateway to Space: The Exhibition was officially opened by the director general, Dr. Phil Mjwara, on the evening of 1 June 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The exhibit by the
department of science and technology (DST) focuses on the South African space
sector and highlights astronomy as well as space science and technology.
The DST has partnered with
Media24 to demonstrate its commitment to bringing awareness and inspiring the
youth of South Africa to take up science, technology, engineering and
mathematics as school subjects through its association with Gateway to Space:
The Exhibition, which runs from 1 June to the end of July.
“Space science and
technology, particularly satellite applications, have rapidly become an
integral part of our daily lives, from observation of Earth as a system to
connecting people through mobile apps and broadcasting to satellite navigation.
The minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor, recently emphasised that
science isn’t only for the elite and our partnership at this exhibition aims to
support this,” says Humbulani Mudau, chief director of space science and
technology at the DST.
Minette Ferreira, Media24’s
spokesperson, says that following its tour of Europe this exhibition brings the
great adventure of space exploration to South Africa for the first time. “It’s
an enormous privilege to bring this phenomenal experience to the nation in collaboration
with the most relevant government department. We’re delighted to see schools
have come on board and that more than 16000 school
children have so far booked to come to the exhibition,” she says.
The DST, along with
organisations such as the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, Southern
African Large Telescope, South African National Space Agency, Square Kilometre
Array Project (SKA), Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Denel
Spaceteq, is exhibiting a collection of artefacts that depict success stories
in this field. This part of the exhibition focuses on the South African space
sector and includes SA’s space journey illustrated on a timeline stretching
from 1535 to 2016.
“We’re proud to partner
with Media24 in showcasing the technological advancements in the area of space
science and technology,” Mudau says. “We believe this exhibition will not only
help bring science closer to the youth but also demonstrate how space science
can help the government address priority service delivery and social