South Africa’s foremost climate experts met at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Cape Town recently to discuss the drought condition that is being experienced in the Western Cape currently.
Part of their deliberations was the possibilities that the 2017 winter season in the Western Cape region may be drier than normal or relatively normal - none of which will alleviate the current low reservoir levels.
The coordination of space activities across the continent is vital for unlocking the promise that space holds for sustainable development, as well as economic growth, said the Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, in her opening address of the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE).
The Sheffield University-led strategic research network partnership begins its research into digital data for development with the initial meeting held at the CSIR. The newly established strategic research network partnership to explore the role of digital technologies and participatory approaches in international development had its kick-off workshop at CSIR Meraka Institute on 24-26 April.
CSIR principal researcher Dr Louis Celliers has co-edited a new book and valuable resource in the management of the oceans, seas and coasts of the world.
Titled “Geoinformatics for marine and coastal management”, the book responds to the 14th Sustainable Development Goal: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The book represents an important stepping stone in the journey into a better future, where sophisticated analytical frameworks are evolving to probe and determine the interrelationships of the oceans.
Researchers from the CSIR are investigating the impact of climate-induced migration or environmental refugees in the Southern African region, focusing on internal displacement and cross-border displacement as part of a multi-funded project. Dubbed ‘Kukimbia’, which means ‘to flee’ in kiSwahili, the research will look at how environmental factors lead people to move from their homes for a life elsewhere.
Demonstrating its support of green living and local innovation, the CSIR has successfully implemented the use of a local range of eco-friendly biological cleaning products across most of its campuses. The products were developed by the organisation’s scientists.
An Agrément South Africa certified technology, Hydraform, is changing how the brick industry is manufacturing bricks, one interlocking block at a time. The technology is currently changing lives in Gombani, a small village outside Thohoyandou in Venda, as well as in Northern Uganda. At Gombani village, Hydraform’s interlocking brick building technology was handed over to twelve women, one from each of the families who were trained in block making, by the Department of Public Works for a rural housing project a few years ago. The women in Gombani have since constructed their own houses utilising the Hydraform machine.
The CSIR’s capability to test the performance of military vehicles when detonating a landmine has been significantly enhanced with the updating of the organisation’s crash test dummies. Called anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), these crash test dummies are used to simulate human injuries suffered as a result of blast events.
The CSIR has completed the first stage leading up to the development of guidelines on how municipalities can adapt human settlements to withstand the impact of climate change.