About us

South Africa has a respected and world-class science and technology community that, over many decades, has pioneered globally significant and successful new ideas, techniques and technologies. These include the complex techniques to produce fuels and useful chemicals from raw coal, pioneering steel production, the extreme engineering and chemistry required to extract minerals from increasingly miserly reefs of the deepest mines in the world, medical expertise that not only saw the country pioneering the world’s first heart transplant, but makes South Africa-trained doctors in demand – and working – all over the world, and in recent years, a thriving space science industry.

The government body responsible for the sector is the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

The objective of the Science and Technology office in Tokyo is to:

  • Promote and manage South Africa’s bilateral Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation with Japan in line with the Department of Science and Technology and national STI priorities.
  • Facilitate research and development partnerships for targeted and focused human capital development initiatives.
  • Market South African as the preferred science and technology destination.

S&T Team

Minister Counsellor: Science, Innovation & Education
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Mr Ghaleeb Jeppie

Ghaleeb Jeppie


Tel: +81-3-3265-3366


Mr Daisuke Tanaka E-mail
Liaison Officer: Science & Technology