It is relatively easy for a child to apply for an identity document (ID) and have it issued with the identity of another child; because the South African government and most other world governments do not, in simple terms, know what a child who is linked to a particular identity looks like. This, by extension means that any child can use the identity of another child, with the scary implication that it is easy to move through national borders with a stolen child.
CSIR earth observation experts are making significant contributions to a global consortium that is set to deliver data, models and knowledge that will improve the management of 23 protected areas across the globe – of which the Kruger National Park is one.
Ecopotential is funded by the European Union and has 47 international collaborators. The Ecopotential partners are tasked with delivering earth observation products that will contribute to understanding and monitoring changes to ecosystems while supporting the effective management of protected areas.
The CSIR has developed a modelling capability that can help municipalities adapt to climate change and associated rises in temperature. This is done by combining information from temperature projections and detailed information of urban surfaces, such as roads and buildings, using the city spatial development plan in that region.
CSIR researchers at the Southern Ocean Carbon & Climate Observatory (SOCCO) will put five years of climate and ocean study to the test as part of the international Good Hope-SOSCEx 2018 Experiment. Dr Pedro Monteiro hopes that the outcome of this coordinated South African polar community experiment will improve climate projections for the rest of the century, an important step for local and global climate mitigation and adaptation.
The CSIR corporate functions Bursary Programme aims to build a pipeline and strengthen capabilities in the corporate functions to ensure business excellence that will forster a conducive environment for the Research, Development and Innovation work to thrive. This bursary is open to academically qualifying young people and also aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people. The CSIR hereby invites bursary applications from talented young people wishing to pursue their studies. Read more...
CSIR researchers are producing mycotoxins that will support the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) to provide more affordable and easily accessible measurement standards for mycotoxin testing by laboratories locally and on the continent.
CSIR geospatial experts have helped government assess the location of magisterial district courts in an effort to ease the access to courts.
Infrastructure is a key part of improving service delivery. However, the spatial distribution of infrastructure must be based on where people live and where they can best access such services. To support this objective, the CSIR has undertaken geospatial accessibility analyses for a range of purposes.
CSIR research to determine the monetary value of the impact of aphids on selected commercial small grains in the Western Cape concluded that aphid-related problems is insignificant from a financial perspective. Aphids (commonly referred to as plant lice) are small insects that suck sap from plants.
The South African National Defence Force recently launched a range of new military vehicles that will be used to patrol South Africa’s borders. The CSIR played a key role in determining which vehicles would be best suited for the job as well as how these can be modified to achieve maximum impact while also reducing the environmental impact caused by larger military type vehicles.