JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says science is at the centre of all human progress and is critical to development as a South African nation and as a continent.
Ramaphosa was speaking on the future of sustainable energy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s national conference in Pretoria.
He says it was in Africa that people discovered science and he’s used Homo naledi as a prime example.
“I anticipated a kissing episode with Homo naledi confirming that all of humanity’s ancestors are from Africa.”
The deputy president commended the CSIR on its good work and contribution in advancing science and technology both on home soil and abroad.
“These are people who are developing drugs to beat malaria, improving the ability of our security services to deter threats and protect our borders.”
He says these pioneering methods prove that South Africa is moving in the right direction.