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Media Releases

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) welcomes the appointment of Ms Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane as the new Minister of Science and Technology.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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.

Report: South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

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.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

South Africa's mines remain one of the most hazardous working environments in the country, with seismic activity and rock bursts resulting in injuries and fatalities (73 in 2016).

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Growing up in a community with a lack of resources to stimulate learning, and being surrounded by poverty, substance abuse, and high numbers of child-headed families, is a dream killer for most youngsters. These are some of the factors that always push a group of young people into the world of crime. However, Charles Maphanga, a young researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), did not allow similar conditions in Ga-Mampuru village, Limpopo, to stop him from dreaming big.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

South African students from different universities will represent the country at the International Student Cluster Competition hosted at the 2018 International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. The students came first at a national competition which took place during the annual Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) conference in Pretoria last week.  
Watch the interview here.[YouTube]

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The next industrial revolution must be inclusive and the science community must ensure that young people are empowered to participate, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Deputy President addressed thousands of people who packed the CSIR International Convention Centre today, for the first day of the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) 2017, joined by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017 to Thursday, December 7, 2017

Over 30 students from different universities across the country will battle in a cyber security competition This competition creates a platform for students to compete in real-time and come up with ideas that could protect South Africa from cybercrimes. According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africa loses over R1 billion each year to cybercrime.