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CSIR focus on National Service Delivery Support

Sound and effective integrated planning and allocation of resources are critical for the socioeconomic development and economic growth of any country. Service delivery in terms of expanding, improving and maintaining infrastructure such as houses, roads, rail networks, health facilities and other facilities is a national priority and must be planned and achieved without forfeiting environmental sustainability. In addition, the effective planning of the components, through effective management of these components, reduces the possibility of developing a silo mentality when planning.

The provision of tools at both a district and municipal level would provide an opportunity for redressing a past and very dysfunctional and inequitable space economy. It would also offer a guide for investment decisions to achieve more sustainable human settlements. Infrastructure and associated operations are not only enablers of economic growth, but also stimulate growth by increasing the productive capacity of the economy. Social development, which is fundamental for any country, can take place only with proper provision of basic amenities such as hospitals, schools and housing. Likewise, the provision of infrastructure for electricity supply, waste management, water and sanitation services and improved communication between all constituencies is imperative.

The CSIR conducts relevant research and development to find key solutions to facilitate the planning of resourcing service delivery and successfully transfers solutions to enable this to take place. Many of these technologies are used extensively locally and in a number of specific instances also internationally. Examples of such science, engineering and technology (SET) research listed in the publication include projects on systems to maintain bridges, models for waste collection, a geo-spatial analysis platform to facilitate planning, sustaining natural resources and a rural innovation and development model that guides and supports the establishment of primarily youthowned social enterprise networks that provide ICT access to rural communities.

 

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