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Media briefing to unpack 5G technology opportunities and concerns raised regarding human health and Covid-19

Publication Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2021

Media advisory

Members of the media are invited to a media briefing to unpack 5th generation (5G) technology standards and opportunities for industrialisation, as well as growing concerns raised by social media regarding 5G and human health. The virtual media briefing is scheduled to take place on Monday, 8 February 2021.

Contact Person

David Mandaha

+27 (12) 841 3654/072 126 8910

dmandaha@csir.co.za

Media advisory

Members of the media are invited to a media briefing to unpack 5th generation (5G) technology standards and opportunities for industrialisation, as well as growing concerns raised by social media regarding 5G and human health. The virtual media briefing is scheduled to take place on Monday, 8 February 2021.

Over the years, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has undertaken directed research on 5G technologies. Researchers from the CSIR will share their research on different radio frequencies and human tissue, as well as epidemiological evidence of the effects of current mobile phone networks.

CSIR chief researcher, Dr Fisseha Mekuria, will give a technical background on the emerging 5G mobile network technology opportunities for South Africa and dispel some myths about 5G technologies. It is alleged that 5G technologies cause several health effects, including the spread and mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. CSIR senior researcher, Dr Essa Suleman, will unpack some of the alleged health effects, including the spread and mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Covid-19 vaccines and whether or not there can be a link between these and 5G mobile technologies.

Media is invited to the briefing as follow:

Date: Monday, 8 February 2021

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3a5bafab99892b468a854b820c339e76bd%40thread.tacv2/1612286817100?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%222fd3c5d5-ddb2-4ed3-9803-f89675928df4%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2249926312-ee0e-4818-acd0-469837f2f4de%22%7d

Please confirm your attendance to Ms Kgauhelo Dioka on 012 841 2972/073 398 8633 or email: kdioka@csir.co.za.

Enquiries:

David Mandaha: CSIR Media Relations Manager
Tel: 072 126 8910/012 841 3654
Email: dmandaha@csir.co.za