Cape Town. 130226. The Cape Town Science Centre was officially opened by Minister Derek Hannekom(middle), Brian Schroeder(left) and Julie Cleverdon in Observatory. They placed a Science capsule in a cube that will be opened in ten years time containing predictions of current scientists of the future of science. Reporter Xolani. Picture COURTNEY AFRICA

Staff Writer

SCIENCE and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom officially relaunched the Cape Town Science Centre not with the traditional cutting of a ribbon but by sealing a time capsule.

The centre, known for its first 10 years as the MTN Science Centre, moved from Century City last year. At its new building in Observatory last night, Hanekom sealed in a cylinder scrolls by leading scientists saying what they hoped would happen in the next 10 years. The cylinder will be kept on display.

Since moving into the new building, the centre had attracted about 70 000 visitors, 20 000 of them schoolchildren, its director, Julie Cleverdon, said.

The centre was open daily and pupils were taking advantage of its proximity to public transport.

An auditorium was on the centre’s wish list.

Hanekom said moving the centre had made it more accessible to children who had not been able to travel to Century City.

His department has given R5 million to the centre.