13 November 2015The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) invested in 17 new projects in the 2014/2015 year, according to the organisation’s first annual report. Cash dispersed in project and programme related funding amounted to R371-million over the year.The agency published its report on 6 November at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria; it is planning regionally launches in Durban on 18 November and on 19 November in Cape Town.The strategyBoard chairperson of the Technology Innovation Agency, Khungeka Njobe. (Image: Technology Innovation Agency)The strategy adopted by the board for the period 2015 to 2020 emphasized its funding focus in the early parts of the innovation value chain – in particular technology development and pre-commercialisation activities – remained as is, said board chairperson Khungeka Njobe.“Our goal is to ensure that innovation ideas can be shaped into viable technology development projects and that we de-risk the technology innovations for commercialisation funding by our partners,” she said. “To achieve these aims, we have established the following funding mechanisms – the Seed Fund, the Technology Development Fund and the Commercialisation Support Fund.”The TIA looks for investment opportunities in sectors such as mining, health biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, energy, and agricultural biotechnology.Year on year performanceThe graphic shows the various streams where the TIA money is spent. (Image: Technology Innovation Agency)The Parliamentary grant to the TIA decreased by 30%, or R143-million, in the period under review, to R338-million, from R481-million in the previous year. Specific contracted agreements recognised as income in 2014/15 amounted to R51- million, a drop of 18% over the previous year’s amount of R62-million.Other income increased 225% to R83-million, from R26-million in the 2013/14 year. A significant amount of R59-million represented the profit on the sale of an equity investment in an associate company. The TIA’s financial year runs from April to March.Of the amount spent, R371-million, a 4% increase, was for project grants and R15.9-million represented loans. The board said it was satisfied with the performance of the organisation against the predetermined performance objectives and targets, having reached 73%.“We expect that these projects will soon feed into the TIA mainstream Technology Development Fund,” read the report. “A total of 38 innovative products were developed through support provided by the Technology Platforms; eight technologies reached demonstration stage (TRL 7) and six were taken up by the market.”Barlow Manilal, the chief executive officer of the Technology Innovation Agency.(Image: Technology Innovation Agency)Barlow Manilal, the chief executive officer of the TIA, was positive about this year’s report. “We are now well-positioned to continue, in an accelerated manner, with the numerous impressive projects contained in the annual report.“There are also significant process improvements to augment governance and the control environment so that the clean audit achieved in the period under review becomes the organisational standard,” he said.“Strategic partnerships, collaboration, high yield synergistic relationships, both nationally, on the African continent and further afield, will be a key focus as we play a role to position South Africa for greater localisation and beneficiation in support of the National Development Plan goals.”He added that the agency’s five-year strategic plan had been approved and this would guide the organisation forward.The TIA is a statutory body. Its vision is to be a world-class, leading technology innovation agency that stimulates and supports technological innovation to improve quality of life for all South Africans. This is in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan for skills development, to ensure a skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.According to the agency, it primarily uses South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs and help to diversify the economy. It invests in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, industrial biotechnology, health, mining, energy and information and communications technology.More information on the TIA’s funding guidelines can be found here.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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The importance of polls in the election process is undeniable. They provide a window into the minds of voters and often help guide the direction of campaigns.On the heels of a roller coaster 2015 Federal Election, Nanos Research CEO Nik Nanos will speak at Brock University Thursday night to deconstruct the election and provide insight into the issues, personalities and trends that made it fascinating.“Nik Nanos: Election 2015 Deconstructed,” hosted by Brock’s Department of Political Science, will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Brock’s Academic South Room 216 (near the entrance to Walker Complex). The event event is free to attend.Also speaking will be Munroe Eagles, Distinguished Professor of Canadian Studies at the University at Buffalo.
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share **US television production company to visit Dominica**Discover Dominica Authority will host US TV production company Aura 360 Productions from September 24 – 29, 2011. The company produces an NBC TV Show called World of Adventure Sports. The five member crew will participate in adventure activities on the island, with a view to providing exposure to the range of attractions on offer in the Nature Island. The objective of the partnership is to highlight the unique environmental and cultural attributes of Dominica through media, and develop the logistical framework for the creation of an adventure sport event in the near future. Key sites and attractions to be visited are segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, the Boiling Lake and Titou Gorge. These and other natural assets of Dominica will be distributed to all the World of Adventure Sports media channels, including NBC, VERSUS and Universal Sports. Additionally a 30 second commercial will be produced for the destination. **Dominican Delegation to attend Seatrade Europe convention**Ms. Kathleen Cuffy, Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, and Mr. Benoit Bardouille, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air Ports and Sea Ports Authority will attend the Seatrade Europe convention from September 27 – 29, 2011 in Hamburg Germany. The convention brings together key stakeholders in the cruise and travel sectors for focused business meetings, exhibition, travel agent programme and social networking activities. Key topics to be covered during the conference are cruise port development, the European cruise industry, regulations for European cruise lines and factors which influence the deployment of cruise ships. **World Tourism Day is September 27, 2011**World Tourism Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2011. The theme for this year’s celebrations is Tourism- Linking Cultures. The theme seeks to highlight the fact that through travel, cultural experiences can be shared through interaction with individuals and communities thereby fostering more tolerance, respect and mutual understanding for each other. Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs Hon. Ian Douglas, and Dominica’s winner of the Caribbean Tourism Oganization’s Tourism Youth Congress and Junior Minister of Tourism, Kitwanie Carbon are expected to deliver addresses to the nation on this occasion. **Discover Dominica Authority Contributes to Carib Week celebrations**Dominica celebrates Carib Week from September 17 – 25 in commemoration of the 1930 Carib uprising. This annual event showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Kalinago people. Activities for the week will culminate with a Miss Kalinago and Princess Natari pageant. Discover Dominica Authority wishes the Kalinago community and all Dominicans by extension, a successful and memorable Carib week. **Dominica wins Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress**Dominica’s Kitwanie Carbon emerged victorious at the Tourism Youth Congress organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The competition took place in St. Martin on September 17, 2011 and formed part of CTO’s annual State of the Industry conference. Miss Carbon won from a field of 10 other competitors and spoke to the creation of a wellness and longevity festival in Dominica as being the ideal method for promotion of the island’s tourism product. As winner of the competition Miss Carbon will serve in the capacity of Chairperson for the CTO Tourism Youth Conference to be held in St. Kitts in 2012. Management and staff of Discover Dominica Authority joins the entire Dominican population in congratulating Ms. Carbon on her success. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 23, 2011 by: – September 26, 2011 Share 30 Views no discussions