The African Water and Sanitation Association (AfWASA), in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Water Research Commission, Rand Water and Development Bank of Southern Africa, co-hosted the 91st meeting of its Scientific and Technical Council (STC) from 3 to 5 July 2023 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg. Read more...
Climate Action Youth Seminar
On 8 June 2023, candidate researchers from the Holistic Climate Change research group attended the Climate Action Youth Seminar 2023, hosted by Ranyaka Community Transformation, a national non-profit organisation (NPO), in partnership with the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme and the City of Tshwane.
Modelling assessment of green hydrogen
On Tuesday, 20 June 2023, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) partnered with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Energy Council of South Africa to establish a modelling capacity to support the just energy transition (JET).
The CSIR, together with project partners, convened the first scientific briefing about the potential effects of the looming El Niño at the University in Pretoria on 19 June. A panel of climate experts shared technical and impact information with representatives of the business community and various levels of government to increase their awareness of the impact on global weather patterns associated with the El Niño and La Niña events. This was in light of the potentially strong El Niño that is currently manifesting in the Pacific Ocean region.
The CSIR launched the African Bio-manufacturing Workforce Development and Training Programme in June 2023. The programme, aimed at developing a skilled and competent workforce in the biomanufacturing sector in Africa, is expected to run for three years. The first intake focused on biomanufacturing technologies (CSIR-BT-1A).
Youths’ contribution to South African industries
The month of June is about celebrating and paying tribute to the youth of 1976. In commemoration of Youth Month, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) recognises the incredible work done by the youth and the opportunities presented to young people by its beneficiaries. These young people play a remarkable role in helping local companies and small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) to achieve milestones in their projects and grow their companies.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) staff in Stellenbosch have been saddened by the news that former CSIR coastal engineer Piet Huizinga passed away on 10 June 2023. Known to many as ‘the father of coastal numerical modelling in the CSIR’, he introduced this emerging innovation in the early 1990s when most at the time still viewed the technique of tackling complex geological problems with scepticism.
4IR innovations aimed at improving South Africa’s Health care system
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will host a hybrid media briefing, where young experts will brief the media on various cutting-edge technologies that they are developing to improve South Africa’s healthcare system using fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies.
The 4IR has had a considerable impact on the manufacturing industry, which has encouraged a surge in the automation of medical diagnostics, led by artificial intelligence and the internet of medical things.
On Thursday, 25 May 2023, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS) had the honour of hosting Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Buti Manamela, at the National Cyber Infrastructure Centre System, which is based at the CSIR Cape Town regional office.