A sound and effective built environment is critical for socio-economic development and economic growth in the country. Expanding and improving infrastructure such as roads, rail networks, bridges, ports, airports, buildings and other facilities is a national priority and must be achieved without forfeiting environmental sustainability. In addition, the effective operation of the infrastructure through proper management of these components is crucial for economic welfare.
The provision of infrastructure and associated operations is not only an enabler of economic growth, but
also stimulates growth by increasing the productive capacity of the economy. Social development, which is
fundamental for any country, can only take place with proper provision of basic amenities such as hospitals,
schools and housing together with infrastructure for electricity supply, water and sanitation.
The CSIR conducts relevant research and development to find key solutions to facilitate socio-economic
development and improve the quality of life of South Africans. This edition of ScienceScope showcases some of the work done in the CSIR's built environment research impact area, focusing in particular on transport and logistics; service delivery, and human settlements, construction and buildings.
Enquiries: CSIR Communications