Zim celebrates Africa Science Week

By John Nhandara

ZIMBABWEAN engineers have received recognition for their participation in innovation ecosystems as the continent marks the Africa Science Week from this Monday.

Innovation, research, science and technology have been identified as the cornerstone of development and as Zimbabwe joins the rest of the continent to mark Africa Science Week from this Monday, focus is on increased investments in these areas.

The Africa Science Week comes at a time when two Zimbabwean top scientists and researchers, Ramson Nyamukondiwa and Ruvimbo Samanga from the Zimbabwe National Geo Spartial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) are scaling dizzy heights in the area of satellite technology.

Engineer Nyamukondiwa was selected among thirty emerging young space leaders by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) this year and will participate at the International Astraunical Congress set for Paris, France in September.

The development was confirmed on the IAF website, noting that Nyamukondiwa, a former lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, has gained experience in satellite development processes, from mission definition to satellite operation and can operate various space environment testing equipment as well as satellite control ground stations.

Also among the celebrated Zimbabweans is Ruvimbo Samanga, who is the country’s space law and policy analyst and researcher selected as one of the upcoming space leaders.

Zimbabwe is set to launch its first satellite into orbit this year.

The Africa Science Week celebrates science and technology with the goal of promoting science and engineering as well as participation of students and the majority in various innovations.