Proud time for SA - Pandor

Naledi Pandor is proud of the local team that helped find the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

JOHANNESBURG - Following the success of local scientists working at the giant European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) experiment, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor expressed great hope on Thursday that South Africa will start producing more scientists.

After decades of searching, scientists at CERN said they had found what appears to be the Higgs Boson particle, which could reveal secrets about mass and the universe.

South Africa also recently won the lion's share of the Square Kilometre Array, which will be the world's most powerful telescope.

Pandor said she was proud of the local team that helped find the elusive particle.

"They helped me confirm that the investment science and technology has been making to work on the Large Hadron Collider is money well spent."

Scientists at the CERN experiment revealed the discovery on Wednesday, calling it a "new dawn for science".

The so-called "God particle" is believed to create mass and could unlock the secrets of gravity and dark matter.