Monday, June 11, 2018

Media briefing

While most South Africans especially the youth are actively using social media and the internet for most of their daily operations, they remain vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks.

Cybersecurity experts from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will brief the media on some of the latest scientific research on cybercrimes conducted by the organisation.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Every year on the 16th of June South Africa commemorates the 1976 youth who stood up against the apartheid government and laid down their lives fighting for freedom and the right to equal education.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will join South Africa's leading researcher on Devonian marginal marine ecosystems and early vertebrates (ancient fish and early tetrapods), Dr Robert Gess, for the announcement of a groundbreaking fossil discovery.

The announcement will take place at Wits University's Origins Centre in Johannesburg on Friday, 8 June.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Media invite

Current poor waste management practices are causing negative impact on the economy, society and environment in Africa.  

The United Nations Environment Programme and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will launch Africa’s first consolidated waste management outlook, which seeks to address the impact of mismanaged waste on the continent.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Devastating wildfires are known to cause irreparable damage the world over. Studies conducted by CSIR earth observation experts revealed that determining the end of the growing season is important to be able to assess the risk of fire spread in the African savannas.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with Actom’s Metalplus, will market and provide laser-welding services to industry over a period of two years. The CSIR, through its laser-based manufacturing capability, will provide expertise in laser cladding and hardening, while Atcom’s Metalplus will bring forth its machining and grinding capability.

Friday, May 18, 2018

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Benjamin Heard and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems.  They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

An innovative mining simulation centre based at the Mandela Mining Precinct, at the CSIR in Johannesburg, is set to fast-track South Africa’s mining sector to adopt Industry 4.0 principles as it activates minds for mines.

SiMINE – a first for South Africa – is aimed at senior executives in the sector, aspiring mining engineers and the youth. It is a purpose-built mining simulation centre that provides a true-to-life experience of the financial, physical and interpersonal dynamics in a complex commercial value chain.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CSIR scientists are part of a team of global researchers that will work on the next assessment of the science of climate change, starting in June 2018. The assessment, which is in its sixth edition, is commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and will inform policymakers, international climate negotiators and other stakeholders about the state of knowledge on all aspects of climate change.