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What is BSTEP?

The Black Science, Technology and Engineering Professionals (BSTEP), is a non-profit organization that was established in 2005. It is a non-profit Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) advocacy organization that seeks to promote the attainment of a critical mass of SET skills locally, regionally and internationally.

Apart from the goal of achieving competitive SET skills among the black community; we also aim to develop the Black SET Professionals to become responsible leaders within their respective areas of SET and in the general public domain.

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Vision

To be the premier advocacy organisation for black Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation professionals for the economic development of South Africa and the African continent.

Mission

BSTEP is a non-profit Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) advocacy organization that seeks to promote the attainment of a critical mass of Black SET skills locally, regionally and internationally.

Apart from the goal of achieving competitive SET skills among the black community; we also aim to develop the Black SET Professionals to become responsible leaders within their respective areas of SET and in the general public domain.

Objectives

The overall objectives of BSTEP are:

  • To increase the number of blacks with SET skills on a local and international level;
  • To advocate equitable access to quality infrastructure for Black SET Professionals;
  • To advocate for training and research resources for Black SET Professionals;
  • To network Black SET professionals nationally and internationally;
  • To influence national SET Policy;
  • To influence structural SET Education Policy changes to fit national SET future strategies;
  • To advocate for the formation of the SET Charter;
  • To market BSTEP as the preferred voice for Black SET professionals; and to advocate for the involvement of Black SET Professionals in government programmes.

Values and Principles

BSTEP is founded on the following core values and principles as espoused by the philosophy of Ubuntu

  • Respect for individuals
  • Black Consciousness
  • Excellence among Black Professionals
  • Commitment & hard work
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Strategic thinking
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