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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Ndlela’s research interests include environmental microbiology, bioremediation, algal research and eco-toxicity. Water and health related microbiology is part of her research niche within the CSIR.
Dr Ntshidi is a water resources professional natural scientist. Her research interests are in plant water use monitoring and modelling, agricultural water management and groundwater monitoring.