Tuesday, July 23

Space boom, rest slump 2023

Aside from spending on space programs, the South African scientific budget for 2023-24 indicates that further cuts are on the way.

A banner year for science, but one that brought very few advantages to the field as a whole, both in terms of research and innovation. This is the forecast that was given during the voting and discussion on South Africa’s science budget for 2023-2024, which took place on May 23.

A considerable increase from its previous allocation of R9.1 billion in 2022-23, the Department of Science and Innovation will be given 10.9 billion rands, which is equivalent to 570 million US dollars.

The majority of this increase, on the other hand, is going into the field of space science, and more specifically, the nation’s Space Infrastructure Hub and the Square Kilometre Array.

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