Dr Happy Marumo Sithole, Centre Manager for the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure Initiative (NICIS), has won the Management Award at the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards. He was also a finalist for the Data for Research Award. Dubbed the ‘science oscars’, the NSTF awards were established in 1988 to recognise outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa. The glitzy event took place on 27 June 2019 at the Emperors Palace Conference Centre.
Media briefing: 26/06/2019
Young researchers from CSIR briefs media on the impact of, opportunities available and future skills required by young people to thrive in the rise of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).
The briefing focus on how South African youth can seize the opportunities presented by the FIR, such as machine learning, robotics and additive manufacturing.
The CSIR is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Sipho Mbhokota, as the new Executive Manager for CSIR Defence and Security. CSIR Defence and Security is a key strategic focus area that seeks to build resilient defence and security capabilities for South Africa to ensure secure borders and the safety of citizens.
CSIR is proud to be ranked top most attractive employment destination by most students and professionals in the category of natural science.
Branding firm, Universum, recently released its Most Attractive Employer rankings for 2019. According to the survey, 14.64% of students and 13.35% of South African professionals in the natural sciences category have a strong interest in working for the CSIR. In this category, the CSIR rose above the competition when ranked with companies such as Sasol, AB Inbev, Unilever, Google, Discovery and the Agricultural Research Council.
With challenges such as access to finance, markets and infrastructure that support new business, the small medium and micro enterprise (SMME) landscape in South Africa has experienced teething problems, which have made it difficult for SMMEs to succeed. With this in mind, the CSIR’s Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) hosted an Accelerator networking event for SMMEs in the biomanufacturing space, on 24 May 2019.
Call for Innovative Solutions for the provision of technology and product support for Capital Equipment in the Mining Sector (Yellow Goods) and Rail
Proposals are hereby invited to companies to provide product development support and innovation to manufacturing companies for yellow good (capital equipment), mining innovation and rail infrastructure and components that must be localised for the respective sectors.
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Some of the most common household products, including sunscreens, hair relaxers, lotions and cleaning detergents, contain engineered nanomaterial ingredients that, when released into the environment, have the potential to cause nanopollution, warn studies by local environmental and nanotechnology scientists.
A novel research study by the CSIR and Stellenbosch University to quantify water uses nationwide shows that, while South Africa’s largest water user is the agricultural sector, in Gauteng; industrial water use is the highest.
“An ability to quantify water use is key to the planning, management and allocation of water resources, especially in an arid region such as South Africa,” says CSIR research group leader, Dr Nebo Jovanovic.
The Chairperson of the Board of CSIR, Prof Thokozani Majozi, together with the CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini, held a media briefing to provide an update on some of the latest strategic developments in the organisation, including new key research projects.
The mandate of the CSIR requires the organisation to undertake directed scientific and industrial development research to improving the quality of life of the people of South Africa.