To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Fleckson’s research interests include mining performance improvement, occupational health and safety (OHS), OHS culture transformation/management, OHS risk management, change management (including technology adoption), impact assessments, studies to facilitate progressive modernisation of the mining sector, technology road mapping, skills road mapping, techno-economic assessments, socio-economic assessments and sustainability related studies in the mining sector.
Bergh’s interest lies in evaluation and testing of mechanical systems and his role includes the management of laboratories and facilities that offer health and safety testing and training services to the mining and other industries.