Water experts at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have joined calls by government and other organisations urging South Africans to exercise caution when using water as supply in the country is under great pressure and demand continues to rise.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) welcomes the announcement of the preferred bidders by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in the fifth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P).
In a first for Africa, the CSIR and biotechnology company Sawubona Mycelium have produced 800 litres of liquid cultivated mushrooms called Enokitake for bio-based cosmetic products.
The CSIR assisted Sawubona Mycelium, a small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME), to scale up the production of high-value products from the mycelium of Enokitake using liquid-cultivation method. The company is bringing the global mushroom ingredients mega-trend to South Africa with the help of the CSIR Biomanufacturing Industrial Development Centre (BIDC).
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The CSIR has developed a polymer composite solution for one of Africa’s largest steel pipe manufacturers, Hall Longmore, which takes them one step closer to offering the South African water industry a localised push-fit application for pressurised steel pipelines.
Using the DSI-CSIR Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility, CSIR researchers developed a uniquely formulated polymer composite material for the steel pipe manufacturer and performed coating trials at their facility.
“The coating trials proved to be a success and an indication of a fruitful collaboration between local institutions working together to localise technology solutions for industry,” says Managing Director of Hall Longmore, KC Van Rooyen.
CSIR, an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation, has donated furniture to enhance the teaching and learning of maths and science at Sikhululekile Secondary School, in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.
The donation forms part of the CSIR’s efforts to improve the learning environments in schools that are less privileged. It is also part of an extension of the commemoration of Mandela Day.
Sikhululekile Secondary School is one of the top performing township schools in maths and science with limited resources. Last year in July, the school was one of the schools and orphanages in and around Hammanskaal that received thousands of masks from the CSIR.
CSIR and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will strengthen research, development and innovation (RDI) into the fourth industrial revolution and digitisation, and promote digital inclusion and the creation of socioeconomic opportunities in information and communications technology (ICT) in South Africa.
In August 2021, the CSIR Chief Executive Officer, Dr Thulani Dlamini, and the Resident Representative of UNDP South Africa, Dr Ayodele Odusola, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their collaboration, which will see the parties working together on scientific and technological research to improve the performance of the economy and, essentially, address the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment in the continent.
South African businesses and households have been urged to significantly reduce food losses and waste in order to address the country’s hunger problem, while also addressing the associated economic and environmental impacts, including climate impacts.