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HSRC Seeks Board Members

October 3, 2019

Department of Science and Innovation

3 October 2019

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Board seeks members.

The science and innovation department (DSI) published the call for nominations of candidates in Government Gazette 42736.

The HSRC conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies.

Research projects are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

According to the notice, successful candidates will be appointed in their personal capacity and serve on a part-time basis for the remainder of the four-year period that ends on 31 October 2021.

In particular, the Board is looking for candidates with qualifications, experience and skills in economics, democracy and service delivery and social science research community in the rest of Africa.

Nominations are invited until 30 October 2019.

Meanwhile, the department has announced that technologically advanced infrastructure to respond to the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is being put in place.

The department declared this in a statement on the sixth edition of the South Africa-UNESCO Engineering Conference recently held at North-West University’s Mahikeng campus.

The Conference “brought together role players from various engineering fields to discuss opportunities and challenges and propose strategies South Africa can adopt to develop relevant and future-oriented capacity and capabilities”.

According to the department, South Africa already possesses the world’s largest 3D printer situated at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

The printer uses titanium powder to create complex components with potential application in a range of industrial sectors.

Speaking at the conference, Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general of the DSI, pointed out that many of the world’s problems were engineering challenges.

“These included providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation, redesigning cities to function as smart cities, safeguarding against cyberattacks, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.”

Engineering can also help developing countries to benefit from the opportunities posed by the 4IR.