Africa analysis: Where next for South African science?

by Linda Nordling

, by Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)

Linda Nordling reflects on what the future holds for South African researchers following the resignation of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki’s government backed science research at home, but his successor must reforge strong ties with the continent to maintain pole position.

he past few weeks have been turbulent for South African politics. The ousting of Thabo Mbeki in controversial circumstances, leaving the country in the hands of a caretaker president, sparked an avalanche of speculation about the country’s future.

But if, as many expect, his left-leaning adversary Jacob Zuma is sworn in after the 2009 General Election, how would this affect South African science? Read more