Recycling only 4% of the waste it generates, Africa has become a dumping ground for waste, particularly hazardous waste, often from developed countries. A far cry from the African Union’s vision that “African cities will be recycling at least 50% of the waste they generate by 2023”.
This and other findings are outlined in the report released by the United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 5 June 2018, World Environment Day, at the Sustainability Week in Pretoria.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is currently developing a 5G testbed, to prepare for the advent of 5G technologies and to ensure that Africa is able to adapt to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-west Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. Knowledge about and a thorough understanding of it will help scientists understand ocean circulation in the region and have direct implications for the management of local fisheries south of Madagascar.
The South African government has launched a R37.5 million biorefinery facility in Durban, which is set to extract maximum value from biomass waste. The facility, which is a first for South Africa, will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro processing and other biomass-based industries.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, launched the Biorefinery Industry Development Facility (BIDF) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Durban today, 20 March 2018.
Young scientists are using 3D printing technologies to enthuse the next generation of engineers at the National Science Festival, also known as Scifest, currently underway in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Scifest is an annual science festival aimed at stimulating the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. This year the theme of the festival is “Innovation 4.0”, which alludes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which speaks to technological advancement and transformation.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) welcomes the appointment of Ms Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane as the new Minister of Science and Technology.
The second edition of an atlas showing South Africa’s vulnerability to climate change has been launched in Johannesburg, to help the country’s economic and social sectors take informed decisions to avoid risks related to climate change. Developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (SARVA) disseminates spatial and non-spatial data that describes, assesses and evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities facing the country due to climate change.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) presented its research findings on laser-based HIV diagnostics at the world’s largest photonics conference in California, San Franciso.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) showcases some of the latest technologies to improve safety in the mining sector.
These innovative technologies will be displayed at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town from Monday, 5 to Thursday, 8 February 2018.
The Inaccessibility of some areas underground makes it difficult and dangerous for inspections after blasting. The CSIR developed a robot platform equipped with safety inspection sensors to enter mines during safety periods. Known as “Monster”, the robot aims to assess and identify risk for underground mines.