A new book supported by Denel is set to forever change the understanding of post-school application of Mathematics, Science and Technology education for the South African learners when it is launched to the public on Tuesday 30th June.
The launch of “Defence Technology Made Easy”, a book aimed at demystifying the technology that drives the Defence industry for school learners, will create greater awareness about innovation and post—school opportunities that derive from Maths, Science and Technology education.
The Denel Group, with capabilities in the defence, aerospace and advanced manufacturing, is a South African state-owned company that provides innovative defence, security, maritime, aerospace and related technology solutions to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). State-owned but commercially driven, the company also provides products and solutions to selected clients in global markets
“This book will positively impact the Maths, Science and Technology Education in South Africa by demystifying the defence industry to South African children, particularly those from historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Denel’s Group Head for Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Vuyelwa Qinga.
Ms Qinga says the book addresses common misconceptions that the defence industry is only about wars and conflict. “Throughout the world – and especially in South Africa – the defence industry has been a catalyst for research and development in a large number of areas that benefit the entire society.
Research done by Denel has led to the growth of technology in areas such as civil aviation, mine exploration, rail safety, power generation and nuclear medicine. Current projects of Denel support the fight against rhino poaching, the development of a civilian airliner and support for the country’s growing space industry.
The book was commissioned by Denel in 2014 as part of the Group’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy.
“When Denel was approached by the independent writers with the idea for the book, we found it necessary to support an initiative that would do something that has never been done before, to open up the world of Defence for particularly the youth from historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” Ms Qinga says.
The book touches on a wide range of defence-related subjects, including aerospace, the growth of unmanned aerial vehicles, ballistics, advanced manufacturing and the naval environment. The focus is on the engineering, technology and science behind the products and solutions.
Ms Qinga says the book will be a valuable resource for young learners and will also inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in the Engineering, Scientific, Technology and Manufacturing sectors, while at the same time guiding them towards making the right subject choices at high school level.
“Defence Technology Made Easy.” will be launched during a function at the Denel Kempton Park Campus on 30 June.
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