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Youth month profiles

Adv Lulu Makapela has been named one of the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) 2015 Young Space Leaders. Lulu is the CSIR’s representative on the South African Council for Space Affairs and is also project and contract manager for aerospace and composites within the CSIR.

He was the highest academic achiever in his matric class of 2005 and went on to complete two Honours degrees in physics and computer science simultaneously, which he passed cum laude! He completed his Master's in eight months while working full-time also cum laude. His Master's thesis was selected as the best in physics in the country that year.
Who is this man? His name is Nicolin Govender!

In one of the CSIR's television adverts, we see Dr Zodwa Mbambo say these powerful words: "I want to make sure that no child goes to school hungry. By combining the power of food and pharmaceuticals, we want to make malnutrition a thing of the past."

He skipped grades 7, 9 and 10, which resulted in him matriculating at the age of 14. In 2010, he took a gap year to decide whether to start job-hunting or to continue studying. After all that he was able to obtain a PhD at 23, making him South Africa’s youngest doctoral graduate! His name is Dr Previn Naicker and he works as a researcher in veterinary science and the development of protein particles at the CSIR!


2015 CSIR profile series

This year, we will be profiling the CSIR's chief researchers. A chief researcher is an individual who has achieved the ultimate status of their research career. These are individuals who were evaluated among their peers in terms of international status in their respective field(s) of research. Meet Dr Raj Lalloo, a specialist in the field of bioprocess and product development.

Following his appointment as Executive Director: CSIR Implementation Unit, Johan le Roux is guiding a staff contingent of over 320 people based in seven locations nationally.

Researcher profiles series 2011/2014

Researcher profiles series 2010

Researcher profiles series 2008

Researcher profiles series 2009







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