There’s been a “turnaround in the way our politicians see scientists”: South Africa’s science minister

Naledi Pandor, South African Minister for Science and Technology. Photo courtesy of GCIS and GovernmentZA
Naledi Pandor, South African Minister for Science and Technology. Photo courtesy of GCIS and GovernmentZA

Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s science minister, told a delegates at last week’s Euroscience Open Forum that South African scientists are playing more of a leading role in driving policy responses to important societal issues such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

She says a growing use of research in evidence-based policies suggests that a “turnaround is beginning to occur in the way our politicians see our scientists…we have begun to see a quite exciting forward movement.”

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