Introduction (OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: South Africa 2007)

The review is based on a background document prepared by the South African National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), an advisory body to the Department for Science and Technology (DST), and on the results of a series of interviews with major stakeholders of South Africa's innovation system by the OECD review team.11 Many people were very generous with their time and information in connection with both the background report and the visit (see Annex A). As a result, the review team was able to form a good picture of the parts of the innovation system that relate to government, the knowledge infrastructure and to a lesser extent of activities in large companies and relevant policies that lie outside the remit of the DST.
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