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CSIR Marks 75 years of Innovative Excellence

October 7, 2020

Department of Science and Innovation

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has marked 75 years of innovative excellence.

In a science and innovation department statement, the higher education, science and innovation minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulated the CSIR for its contribution in shaping the country’s science, engineering and technology landscape.

The CSIR is described as playing a “significant role in supporting both the public and private sectors through directed research that is aligned with the country’s priorities, the organisation’s mandate and its science, engineering and technology competences”.

Accomplishments highlighted by the minister include a leading organisation in the development of much-need ventilators and rapid testing kits to combat COVID-19, contributing towards the start of commercial Internet services in South Africa, opening the clinical and botanical supplies unit in 1999, generating the first induced pluripotent stem cells in Africa in 2002 and setting up the Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre in 2014.