Late last week, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) held a media briefing to announce that it has introduced a new strategy that seeks to leverage the company’s strong science, engineering and technology capabilities, to build on development opportunities in the industrial manufacturing sector as required by its mandate.
According to IT Web Africa, the strategy will focus on nine synergistic clusters, which will help with the development and commercialisation of industrial technologies to deliver the desired impact through collaboration with host of public and private sector stakeholders, including funding partners, industry associations, higher education institutions and innovation partners.
“The technologies that we develop must be aligned with the needs of industry and should assist in improving the lives of our people. The ultimate goal plan is to harness our resources and skills to support government and industry, thereby collectively contributing to the alleviation of unemployment, inequality and poverty in SA,” explained chairperson of the CSIR board, Professor Thokozani Majozi.
The publication adds that the nine clusters are next-gen health, advanced agriculture and food, future production (chemicals), future production (mining), future production (manufacturing), defence and security, smart places, next-gen enterprises and institutions as well as smart logistics.
“The successful implementation of the CSIR strategy will accelerate socio-economic prosperity in SA. Rolling out this strategy will create a balance between the support we provide to the public sector and government to contribute to industrial development,” added CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini.
As part of CSIR’s implementation, the organisation will conduct high-quality and relevant research and technological innovation to foster scientific and industrial development.
Furthermore they add that the strategy is the culmination of a process called Project Synapse, which was officially started in 2017 when the organisation embarked on a journey “to amplify the I in the CSIR.”