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CSIR research and development in information and communications technology (ICT)

The Meraka Institute is an operating unit of the CSIR focused on Information and communication technology (ICT). We are in the business of research, innovation and advanced human capital development. With over 200 staff and students, Meraka is the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research. It has extensive national and international networks and actively collaborates with other organisations across the globe. Meraka contributes to enhancing quality of life and economic competitiveness in South Africa and the continent through ICT by:

  • researching and developing new technology that enables ICT access, inclusion and use
  • researching, developing and transferring innovative ICT products, processes and services into the market
  • researching, developing, building and operating world-class cyberinfrastructure
  • contributing skills and outcomes that are changing the profile of our ICT landscape.
Meraka's research and development covers the following areas:

Meraka's cross-cutting initiatives combine a number of capabilities in developing flagship opportunities in specific markets, notably for education and  rural development

About this section
Overview: CSIR Meraka
Brochures and fact sheets
Strategic initiatives
Contact details
CSIR publications
CSIR ScienceScope
CSIR focus on National Service Delivery Support
CSIR enews
Smart Radio Tech Workshop
St Petersburg State Polytechnical University visit to South Africa
CSIR research on cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum
Java mobile applications explored
Time Magazine inventions list features UNICEF/CSIR innovative solution for computer learning
Laurens Cloete now Executive Director: CSIR Meraka Institute
Notetaker recognised by SAB Foundation Innovation Awards
Research fibre optic network up and running in Cape Town
SAP Africa and DST renew ICT research partnership
The SmartEnergy project
SA's supercomputer back in TOP500
Phase one of SANReN complete
ICT research - African and European perspectives and plans
African Talent Blossoms
Launch of UKZN/CSIR-Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research
mLab Southern Africa officially opens doors in Pretoria
mLab Southern Africa Opens Application for Membership
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