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The main task of Scientific Roets is, has been, and remains, the development of rural Africa. About this task it remains passionate and assists in rural entrepreneurial, institutional and human talents development within viable, technologically sensible rural and agricultural enterprises. In this way each team member of Scientific Roets (and its partners) can truly be classified as social entrepreneurs and our company, in totality, social- and economic-development oriented.

The Sustainable Development Goals and the National Development Plan of South Africa directs the work of Scientific Roets. Through our knowledge of the Innovation Systems approach to rural development, Scientific Roets aspires to be an innovative leader in agricultural and entrepreneurial development in rural Africa, assisting local, provincial, national and international role-players to achieve the higher order objectives of fiscal responsibility, capacity building, broad-based black economic empowerment, job-creation, entrepreneurial development and improved health and welfare. Although, as our name implies, we harness the power of science and technology to aid in rural development, we draw stalwartly from the softer approach of the social sciences when working with rural communities. Our approach is based on our belief in four Prime Movers of Rural Development: Agriculture, Infrastructure, Institutional Innovation and Capacity Building.

As such, Scientific Roets has positioned itself nationally to respond to the latest National Skills Development Strategy developed by the Department of Higher Education and Training and facilitated through the Sector Education and Training Authorities, to the Expanded Public Works Programme facilitated through several National Departments and to the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme facilitated through the IDP and District Municipalities. The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Scorecard has also created opportunities to assist private firms to reach their Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development Targets.

While responding to the social need for specialised services in rural development (agricultural, AgriBioTech, enterprise, entrepreneurial development and capacity building services), Scientific Roets has also responded to the legislative compliance requirements which government departments require of their service providers. These include compliance with fiduciary responsibilities, BBBEE and labour legislation. (Check out our BEE Scorecard)

The AgriSETA (www.agriseta.co.za) has several requirements for accreditation of training service providers. These include a defined recruitment process, up-to-date information systems, a total quality management system, and appropriate facilities and resources (equipment, staff and skills). Scientific Roets has been fully accredited with AgriSETA since 2003 (Accreditation number: PAET2907) and are registered to deliver the New Venture Creation Programme NQF 4 with Services SETA since 2011.

Scientific Roets complies with Labour Legislation in that all employees are registered for workers compensation, PAYE, UIF and SDL. Furthermore, Scientific Roets complies with all VAT (VAT Registration no: 4860204470) and Tax legislation.

Developments in ICT internationally, combined with the grass-roots nature of our work, has necessitated a move within Scientific Roets to laptops, WiFi, satellite telephone system, cellular and flash-disk technologies. We also use data-projectors for presentations and training. However, in rural situations we still use flipcharts and white boards in participatory learning exercises.

Scientific Roets (PTY) Ltd has also mobilised to meet the environmental challenges facing the planet. To this end, new premises were constructed using "green" principles. The first new building - our offices - at the new AgriSPACE campus sports an 8KVA solar grid to inverter and battery bank which has been designed around our current energy use, so although we have a "grid-tie" system, we will essentially never need it - we are completely independent as regards power. Furthermore, two 10 000L rainwater tanks have been installed which service the ablutions and drinking water. Kokstad can get very cold, so we installed a 1926 ARCO wood-burning stove the chimney of which has been fitted with a flange for water which can be heated and circulated under the cement slab floor. The property contains invasive wattle species which will be cleared and used as the firewood for this stove. Since much of our work entails agricultural and entrepreneurship training, we generate a lot of paper. Instead of sending this to landfill we have strapped this paper into "paper bricks" which we have used as insulation on several of the internal walls. Our existing bookshelves were given a new coat of paint and these line a further wall for insulation. The ceiling has been insulated with green insulation fibre and isoboard. All the windows that were in the building were re-used in new ways and the exterior was given a modern look using left-over paint (our homage to Mondrian and his love of trees). Visitors are most welcome!