Scifest Africa 2020 Postponed

 In light of the national and global situation regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the pressing need to take all necessary precautionary measures to reduce the potential risk of exposure to the virus, the boards of the Grahamstown Foundation NPC and the National Arts Festival NPC have jointly taken a decision to postpone our festival.

This decision was made in the context of the protocols announced by the South African Government to curb the virus, including:

  • Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited;
  • Schools are closed from Wednesday 18th of March to the 14th of April for the moment;
  • International travel bans have been instated for specific countries and domestic travel has been advised against; and finally
  • The general recommendation on social distancing.

The 24th National Science Festival will now take place in Makhanda from 9th to 15th September 2020.

The move to September 2020 presents an opportunity for Scifest Africa to comfortably locate itself both within the published private and public school calendars.  It also allows us to incorporate new elements including the arts, creativity and innovation into our platform which aligns with our longer term growth plan for the national science festival.  We will be working with our sponsor, the Department of Science and Innovation, exhibitors, lecturers and participants in the months ahead to make sure that festival is a great success.