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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Teleka manages the provision of quality mechanical engineering testing and technical services to the mining and engineering industries and provides high-level engineering expertise to address client needs.
Lefophane’s research interest and expertise are in identity authentication, with a special focus on automatic identification and data capture technologies, embedded systems, Internet of Things and sensor node development.
Phiri’s interests are in laboratory accreditation, which ensures that standards are maintained and that results are reliable in support of clinical and public health activities and certify compliance with standards.
The CSIR’s work in optronics sensor systems focuses on video image processing, infrared electronic warfare and opto-mechatronics engineering. Mkwelo leads the group, with its strong expertise in modelling, simulation, design, prototyping, testing and evaluation of optronics systems. The CSIR addresses problems related to improved optical observation of relevant targets/phenomena, camera-based intelligence and situational awareness in operational scenarios and aircraft self-protection countermeasures.