Child Gauge 2016 marks the coming of age of the Child Support Grant, which is recognised as one of South Africa’s most successful poverty alleviation strategies.
At the beginning of 2016 it was decided that the Department of Research and Innovation that housed the Research Office and RC&I would separate into two separate departments. During this transition, RCIPS elected to change its name and bring in the term “Innovation” which better describes the current breath of activity of the “IP Management” component of the office.
Dr Sudesh Sivarasu’s path to becoming a prolific inventor of biomedical devices has had its twists and turns.
As a child, he was mesmerised by the locomotives that thundered down the railways in his hometown near Chennai in India. He also loved to conduct experiments, especially if they included fire, which led to him almost burning down the family home more than once.
The South African government in participation with SADC Member States launched an innovation and technology transfer (I&TT) mentorship program to help strengthen I&TT management functions at SADC-based research institutions. Mr Philip Hoekstra, UCT IP Manager, volunteered to mentor the Pedagogical University of Mozambique (Universidade Pedagogica) and enjoyed a successful trip to Maputo for a week in October.