H.E. Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa visits ICGEB, New Delhi

Mrs. Naledi Pandor, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa, visited the ICGEB New Delhi Component on 12th October, 2016. 

The Minister was accompanied by Ms. Eudy Mabuza, Minister Counsellor, Science and Technology, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Boitumelo Marishanem Chief of Staff, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, and Mr. Gideon Christians, First Secretary, Immigration and Civic Affairs, South African High Commission, New Delhi, India.

Upon arrival, the Minister and her delegation were received by Dr. Dinakar M. Salunke, Director, ICGEB New Delhi Component.  The Minister met with the Director where administrative and functional structures at ICGEB, New Delhi component were discussed. The Minister then addressed a meeting of all the Group Leaders of the Centre where she described the priorities of research in biotechnology in South Africa in general, and ICGEB, Cape Town in particular. She was also briefed about the ongoing research activities at the Centre. She extensively interacted with all the Group Leaders.

On her way to visit the research laboratories at the Centre, the Minister also planted a tree in the campus. The minister was given a brief tour of the research laboratories in the areas of bioenergy and malaria, as well as the major research facilities of the Centre. The Minister enjoyed a walk through the Campus and appreciated the research activities as well as the campus ambience; a great occasion for all at ICGEB.

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