MORE doctoral degrees are awarded to men than women.
This was according to the latest South African Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators report, released at a conference in Tshwane yesterday by the National Advisory Council on Innovation.
The report said of the science, engineering and technology doctoral degrees awarded in the 2015 academic year, 717 went to men, with only 546 being awarded to women.
According to science and technology spokesman David Mandaha, the National Development Plan has set a target for 100 000 additional doctorates to be awarded by 2030.
“To reach this target, 6 000 doctorates a year need to be produced,” he said.
Council member Azar Jammine said the local taxi industry should compete with new global entrants such as the Uber business.
“The introduction of the Uber system in the country was met with resistance against the new technology from metered taxi drivers.
“They should embrace opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Jammine said the report also showed that progress in Mzansi’s knowledge generation was good.
He said the council launched a national portal to serve as a central area to place data relating to innovation.
The council’s acting CEO, Mlungisi Cele, said this brings all the relevant science, technology and innovation data and information together, creating a central point to access information.