In conversation with Dr Thulani Dlamini: Putting the “i” in “CSIR”

Earlier this year, the CSIR announced a programme to put a greater focus on industry and industrial development. For my last “In conversation with” that I am authoring as features editor, I decided to meet with the CEO of the CSIR, Dr Thulani Dlamini and have a conversation about bolding the I in CSIR. “While […]

Textbooks on tablets: The worst idea for government schools?

In his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa made a startling statement that set media a-buzz with criticism: “Over the next six years, we will provide every school child in South Africa with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device.” There are myriad challenges facing SA that make this idea […]

In conversation with… Dr Happy Sithole

HPC focus must shift to SMMEs The initiative to establish a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility in South Africa came from the academic research community. When Dr Happy Sithole was working on his PhD in material science, there was a small cluster of super computers at the University of Limpopo, but for some very large […]