Agreement to support industrial development in space science

October 17th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini and SANSA CEO Dr Valanathan Munsami.

CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini and SANSA CEO Dr Valanathan Munsami.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have renewed a memorandum of understanding which will see greater support in implementing the space strategies of the Department of Science and Technology and the African Union. The renewed agreement, signed in Pretoria by the CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini and SANSA CEO Dr Valanathan Munsami, is expected to optimise the country’s investment in research and development within the space industry and maximise existing benefits of space services and applications for the benefit of society. The first agreement between the CSIR and SANSA was signed in November of 2013. This partnership will enable the two organisations to draw on each other’s research capabilities and infrastructure in order to develop new industries which will impact the economy and help realise their mandates of improving the quality of life of South Africans through science and technology. Dr Munsami said the agreement cemented the existing relationship between the two entities and will impact the future of a rapidly growing industry segment.

Contact David Mandaha, CSIR, Tel: 012 841-3654,dmandaha@csir.co.za