Western Cape report for 2012

Adele Baleta was our regional representative for 2012. This is what she had to report:

Whatever has been achieved in the Western Cape has been a result of team work.

Some of the events covered included:
A seminar was held where SASJA journalists and others were invited to a University of the Free State seminar on food security. The presentation was excellent giving an overview of the issues but also up to day statistics that proved to be useful for our members.

Prior to the Olympics, members and prospective members were given an insight into the world of drug testing of athletes and the classification of para-Olympians by two researchers from the University of the Free State. One of our members produced an in-depth article after the well attended meeting.

Data mining and journalism was the topic of innovative ways of viewing science, research and capturing information that already exists.

The planned trip out to sea has not happened partly due to weather conditions. We have had a wet and windy winter and although, there are promises of sunshine, it’s raining today. We leave this prospect in the capable hands of the new committee.

Time and effort was put into looking at establishing closer links with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. Several meetings held to find media platforms for collaborations such as the training of science journalist. There were discussions about the possibility of holding a science reporters conference.

Membership has increased in the Western Cape partly due to the SASJA committee’s work, but also following the death of Christina. Obituaries on behalf of the organisation were written and used widely on the internet, in the Mail and Guardian and the South African Journal of Science.

Collaborative team work was done to try and secure the Scjoop Mentorship Programme Conference in Cape Town.