British research firm opens SA office

UK-based communications research company Informa Telecoms & Media is to open a new office in Johannesburg, giving it direct access to the fast-growing African telecommunications market.

Google research awards for SA duo

Two researchers from South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have won Google Research Awards, together worth R1.2-million, for their work in human language technologies and wireless and mobile communication systems.

SA research network now online

Second landline operator Neotel and its partners have launched the first four sites of South Africa's own national research network, giving tertiary and research institutions access to high bandwidth in a bid to reshape research and education networking in the country.

SA gets first supercomputer

South African researchers will now have a better chance in their quest to find new knowledge and scientific applications, with the Centre for High Performance Computing giving them access to massive amounts of computing power.

SA joins solar clean water project

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is representing South Africa in an international, multi-partner project aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection of drinking water is an effective intervention against waterborne diseases.

SA, Korea in biotech partnership

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has partnered with Korean state institution KRIBB to form the South Africa-Korea Biotechnology Research Centre.

SA joins FLOSSWorld project

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of the Western Cape are to participate in a global research project looking into the development and uptake of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) in the developing world.

Exporting SA geranium oil

The geranium, historically one of South Africa's earliest exports, is bringing trade to the country once more. In a landmark deal for SA's budding bio-extract industry, half a ton of essential oil extracted from geraniums organically grown in South Africa has been exported to a major international cosmetics brand.

Indigenous plant benefits San

The San community will receive between R8-million and R12-million from the CSIR over the next four years for an indigenous plant that is being developed into a slimming drug by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

KZN’s flood radar ‘nowcasters’

A KwaZulu-Natal professor and a team of researchers are developing technology that will help predict floods up to six hours in advance - buying precious response time for emergency authorities - using radar technology and computer-based mathematical techniques.