The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is a broad stakeholder body that represents over 100 organisational members in 7 distinct sectors. The diagram shows the sectors (excluding government) and the approximate member proportion per sector.

The Government sector is represented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). However, NSTF engages with all government departments responsible for policies that relate to aspects of science, engineering, technology and innovation.


Each member organisation is represented at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the NSTF, by official representatives appointed by the organisations themselves. The seven sectors elect representatives to the Executive Committee, which meets about seven times a year. Members of the Executive Committee are not remunerated for their services.

  • Science Councils & Statutory bodies (12%)
  • proSET (Professional Bodies) (38%)
  • Business/SOEs (18%)
  • Higher Education (14%)
  • Civil Society (22%)

The Executive Committee/Board has an oversight role and takes fiduciary responsibility for the non-profit company. The Executive Director serves on the Exco/Board, and directs all activities of the NSTF and secretariat/office. The Exco has sub-committees, including the Science Councils committee, and the proSET committee, chaired by members of the Exco.

At the senior management level, the NSTF has two people, the Executive Director and Office Manager (who serves as Financial manager as well).

At the deputy management level, NSTF has five staff members and one volunteer/intern:

  • Human Relations & Financial Officer
  • Committee Secretary & Stakeholder Relations
  • Media, Communications & Marketing Officer
  • Outreach & Communications Officers (responsible for the Share ‘n Dare, and Brilliants programm
  • Database Officer (Bursary Directory, contact and web databases) – This staff position is filled by a volunteer/interns from the National Youth Service programme managed by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a division of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Vision

SETI System responsive to the needs of the nation. Socio-economic growth of SA.


Mission

Promote SETI, influence SETI public policy in the national interest.

Objectives
Influence & Monitor SETI policy

Activities:

  • Discussion Forums

Outputs:

  • Media Releases
  • Full Proceedings
  • Recommendations
Recognise Excellence

Activities:

  • Awards

Outputs:

  • Awards Finalists identified & celebrated
  • Awards Winner identified & celebrated
  • Award publications & publicity
Youth Outreach

Activities:

  • Youth Outreach

Outputs:

  • Share ‘n Dare Programme
  • Brilliants Programme
  • Science bursaries database
Corporate Governance

There are six directors on the Board of Directors of the Non Profit Company. The Directors and the other members of the Executive Committee, are the following

Prof Ali Dhansay

Prof Ali Dhansay NSTF Chairperson and Director of Company

Ms Jansie Niehaus (NSTF)

NSTF Executive Director and Company Director

Mr Denis Hunt

NSTF Head Adjudicator, Chairman of the NSTF Adjudication
Panel and Director of Company

Ms Mariana Purnell (Agbiz Grain)

Business Sector – Main representative

Ms Deidre Penfold (Chemical and Allied Industries Association)

Business Sector – Alternate

Dr Sibusiso Manzini (GreenMatter)

Civil Society and Director of Company – Main representative

Prof Marissa Rollnick Civil (Wits)

Civil Society Sector-Alternate

Dr Philemon Mjwara (DSI)

Government Sector – Main representative

Mr Mathala Mokwele (DAFF)

Additional Government member: Department of Agriculture, and Main representative

Prof Lesley Cornish (Wits)

Higher Education Sector Representative

Vancant

Deputy vice chancellor for Research,Innovation and Partnership, University of Limpopo.

Dr Mlungisi Cele (NACI)

Additional Member: Government Sector – Main representative

Dr Ntsane Moleleki (NACI)

Additional Member: Government Sector – Alternate

Prof Kerstin Kruger

(Entomological Society of Southern Africa) representing Scientists proSET representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies Sector – Main representative

Mr David (Dawie) Botha (South African Academy of Engineering)

proSET representing Professional Bodies and Learned Societies Sector – Alternate

Vacant

NSTF Vice-Chair and sector representative of the Science Councils & Statutory Bodies sector

Dr Gerda Botha (SACNASP)

Science Councils and Statutory Bodies Sector – Alternate

Dr Mpho Lekgoathi (NECSA)

State-Owned Enterprises Sector – Main representative

Ms Rebaone Mokate (NECSA)

State-Owned Enterprises Sector – Alternate

Prof Brenda Wingfield (University of Pretoria)

NSTF Immediate Past Chairperson and Director of Company

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng (University of Cape Town)

Past NSTF Award Winner and Director of Company

Ms Wilna Eksteen (NSTF)

Office Manager and Secretariat