National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)



About the NSTF

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is a broadly representative umbrella stakeholder body for organisations with an interest in science, engineering, technology (SET) and innovation.

The NSTF is the largest, most longstanding and most representative stakeholder body of its kind. It represents more than 100 organisations, councils and institutions. It spans both the private and public sectors.

The NSTF consist of a formidable gathering of expertise and experience. The individual representatives of member organisations include:

  • Researchers and scientists (in various disciplines)
  • Engineers (in all branches of engineering)
  • Entrepreneurs and business people
  • Technologist and technicians
  • Administrators
  • Academics and teachers

The NSTF’s mandate is to:

  • Represent a wide range of stakeholders in SET and innovation
  • Promote SET and innovation
  • Network stakeholders and engage all government departments around SET-related issues


The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) was involved in the founding of the NSTF organisation together with key stakeholders. The DSI recognises the NSTF as a SET-Forum and associates, support and interact with members for consultation purposes and addressing SET issues within the broad SET community. This is to ensure healthy engagement between government and civil society on strategic socio-economic and sustainable development policies and plans. The NSTF facilitates collaboration in a non-partisan and neutral manner. Collaboration with other government departments (other than the DSI) with synergy to SET and innovation thus far includes the following departments:  

Members participate under the following sectors:

Science councils and statutory

Small, medium and large business, including business associations

State-owned enterprises

Civil society and labour

Higher Education

Professional bodies and learned societies – represented by the NSTF’s proSET (Professionals in science, Engineering and Technology)


Legal Status


The NSTF is a registered non-profit company (registration number 2007/029165/08). It is also registered as a non-profit organisation (registration number 92042) with the Department of Social Development, in compliance with the Non-Profit Organisation Act, No. 71 of 1997.

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