National Science Week

National Science Week (NSW), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities during the week.

National Science Week is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites per province. SAASTA has been appointed by the DST as the implementing agency and play the role of the National Project Manager for the National Science Week.

Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences. The theme for 2016 is “Science for Sustainable Development and Improved Quality of Life”.

Please note that due to the local government elections in the first week of August, National Science Week will take place from 8 – 13 August. The launch will take place on Saturday, 6 August at the University of the Western Cape.

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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) will be hosting mathematical activities to promote the importance of mathematics. The mathematical activities aim to popularise mathematics, to increase public awareness, understanding and appreciation of mathematics and create an opportunity to share the beauty and importance of mathematics.

Read our blog on the importance of maths -

Activities at several venues in Pretoria will include:

Date  Activity Venue 
6 & 13 Aug Teacher Problem Solving Course Pretoria Technical High School
8 & 9 Aug 

Fun maths activities for the whole family

Exhibition on careers in mathematics

Wonderpark Shopping Mall
10 & 12 Aug

Maths Relay for Primary Schools

Maths games 

University of Pretoria (Mamelodi campus) 
11 Aug

Maths Relay for Secondary Schools

Maths games 

University of Pretoria (Mamelodi campus) 
13 Aug

'I hate maths' session by Palanga Publishers

Calculator training for teachers by Sharp 

Mogale Primary School

Nellmapius Secondary School


For more information contact:

David Ramaboka

Tel: 012 392 9324