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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Mapiravana specialises in research and development of building and construction materials and methods at the CSIR. His research interests include geopolymers, structural fibre reinforced composites, high performance cement and concrete and innovative building technologies.
Roro’s research interests are photovoltaic technologies across the entire value chain, solar resource assessment and forecasting, integration of solar technologies to the grid, and renewable energy.
Van Niekerk’s research interests include the assessment of estuary condition and ecosystem threat status; estuarine freshwater flow requirements; climate change impacts on estuaries; estuarine hydro and physical dynamics as well as estuarine policy development and management.
Godfrey’s research interests include the role of the waste sector in transitioning South Africa to a green economy; waste innovation; waste economics; and the governance, social and behavioural aspects of integrated waste management.