The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.
The Southern Ocean is a hostile and remote region, but when travelling there as a young oceanography student, the CSIR’s Dr Sebastiaan Swart was immediately fascinated by its ‘moodiness’ and its importance for climate science.
The island of Saint Helena will enjoy a boost to tourism upon completion of its first airport and a new permanent wharf. The CSIR did docked ship motion tests and breakwater stability tests for the design of the wharf.
An idea to use environmental and oceanographic numerical models and data to create an early-warning system that could help prevent drownings along the Western Cape coast has resulted in a tool that is proving popular among False Bay fishermen.
The Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, on 19 May 2015 announced that renowned energy expert Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz of the CSIR has been appointed to the newly-established Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy (MACE).
For years, the tea plant Camellia sinensis has been growing on the Tshivhase Tea Estates near Sibasa in Limpopo. In efforts to boost the local economy, the CSIR became part of a collaboration to produce botanical extracts from this tea crop and to test the viability of value-added products based on these extracts.
CSIR scientists are using state-of-the-art equipment to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) exchange and related factors on land and sea. This information helps researchers to more accurately predict the rate of (CO2) build-up that could lead to high risk and costly climate change.
The CSIR is working to develop paper-based diagnostic sensors that are affordable, sensitive, specific, user friendly, rapid and robust, equipment free and deliverable to end users - ideal for low-resource areas.