From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.
The South African National Space Agency, or Sansa, started operations in April last year, and so is approaching the end of its first year.
Keith Campbell reports.
Sansa absorbed the already existing Satellite Applications Centre and the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory. The space agency now comprises four divisions, namely Space Operations, Earth Observation, Space Science and Space Engineering. Sansa CEO Dr Sandile Malinga reports on the achievements of the agency in its first year.
Sansa CEO Dr Sandile Malinga
Shannon de Ryhove:
Other news making headlines this week: Government planning and infrastructure are seen as key growth drivers; and Mercedes-Benz and Merseta co-fund a technical learnership to help reduce the skills dearth.
In the prevailing context where economic growth will be harder to generate and global competition will intensify as nationalism grows, governments will have to play more strident roles in planning for and supporting economic expansion initiatives, says a leading international economist.
George Washington University International Business Professor Danny Leipziger
The scarcity of appropriately skilled technicians in the automotive sector has spurred Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) to extend its involvement in the training of technicians by initiating a technical learnership at St Anthony’s Education Centre (SAEC), in Boksburg.
Merseta CEO Raymond Patel
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.