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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Marais’ research focuses on development, especially the use of information and communications technology for development. Community informatics, systems thinking and decision-making expertise are applied to improve service delivery systems in education, health and rural development.
Botha’s research interests include the goal-orientated use of mobile cellular technology in a techno-social context. More specifically, her work examines the application and use of mobile technologies for health, education, innovation and other goal-orientated interactions.
Abu-Mahfouz’s research interests lie in wireless sensor and actuator networks, low-power wide-area networks, software-defined wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, network security, network management and sensor/actuator node development. His current focus is on smart water management systems.