South Africa is committed to take off in space. We have a long history in space-related activities, but until the formation of the South African Space Agency (SANSA) these activities were fragmented with periods of high levels of activity followed by a slump in activity, followed by another flare up. I met Dr. Sandile Malinga over coffee at the Innovation Hub near Pretoria, where SANSA is located. “As a country with a growing knowledge economy we cannot afford fragmentation and although many activities were under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the various units had no common vision. That changed with the formation of SANSA,” he said… (more)