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.
World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.
The theme this year is, ‘It is my right to know my status; Prevention is my responsibility’ and the slogan, ‘Let Our Actions Count!’. Let’s make this year’s World AIDS Day the biggest ever yet!
The SABS’ (South African Bureau of Standards) has published 10 proposals that have been received for development of new standards and request you to comment on these proposals as part the drive to encourage wider stakeholder participation in development of national standards. This is to ensure that the standards developed in SABS technical committees are inclusive of all stakeholder needs and are relevant to national strategic priorities.
CSIR principal researcher Dr David Motaung has been appointed as affiliated associate professor in physics at the University of the Free State.
The world’s premier aerospace laboratories and research organisations were represented in South Africa at the end of October when the CSIR hosted the eighth summit of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR).
The summit took place from 23 to 25 October and 38 participants from 17 member countries were represented.
Researchers from the CSIR are teaching the community of Stinkwater, in Gauteng, how to make their drinking water safe. A study that looks at the quality and use of the community’s groundwater revealed chemical and biological pollutants that may expose consumers to health risks when consuming the untreated groundwater.
Light metals experts at the CSIR have been instrumental in product development and improvement of light metal manufacturing processes. The research and development undertaken has the potential to add significant value to the aluminium value chain.
Protection of South Africa’s most important water source areas is critical for a water-safe future and the reason why the CSIR and partners embarked on a research project supported by the South African Water Research Commission (WRC). In October, CSIR experts met with their private sector counterparts, as well as senior planners and policy makers within government departments, to finalise the delineation of South Africa’s national strategic surface and groundwater source areas.