News & CommentSouth Africa

New Minister Picks Up the Baton

Science  06 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5280, pp. 1333
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5280.1333a


Cape Town—For the past year, South Africa's first postapartheid government has been developing a comprehensive science policy. Now, just as the exercise is entering the home stretch, the man who has been instrumental in putting the new policy together has stepped down. Ben Ngubane, who headed the Ministry of Arts, Culture, Science, and Technology since the multiracial elections in 1994, resigned last month to join the KwaZulu/Natal provincial government. He is being replaced by Lionel Mtshali, a former history teacher and minister of education and culture in the former KwaZulu homeland government. Mtshali has pledged to carry forward Ngubane's work on a white paper for science and technology which aims to make the research system more relevant to the needs of the new South Africa.