The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socioeconomic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.
The CSIR was established through an Act of Parliament in 1945 and the organisation’s executive authority is the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
The organisation plays a key role in supporting 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.
CSIR’s role in the project involved technology development and implementation, two technologies for implementation were developed within the agricultural sector. I) Biogas production and ii) Compost production. Both these technologies have the potential to generate a circular economy via utilisation of foodwaste to produce green energy (Biogas) as well as improving crop yields.
CSIR senior researcher
From left: Dr Samuel Ebie (Swansea University), Luntu Hlatshwayo (UKZN), Dr Thea van der Westhuizen (UKZN), Suvina Singh (UKZN), Alan Price (Swansea University), Deven Reddy (UKZN).