Ramaphosa lauds CSIR for its work in SA & abroad

Cyril Ramaphosa says the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s work is crucial to SA’s transformation.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a keynote address at the 5th CSIR conference, themed 70 years of Ideas that work, held at CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, on 08 October 2015. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the work done by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), saying it has played a crucial role in helping transform South Africa.

Ramaphosa was speaking on the Future of Sustainable Energy at the CSIR's national conference in Pretoria on Thursday.

He was accompanied by Science Minister Naledi Pandor, who congratulated the council for being the jewel in the crown of technological development in the country.

Ramaphosa said the CSIR has contributed to nation building.

The deputy president visited an exhibition centre conducted by the council, and said more than 50 percent of the workforce are truly representative of the demographics of South Africa.

"Thirty-one years ago many of us, particularly black people, would never have found it easy to come into this place, let alone be enabled to do the type of work that they are doing."

He commended the council on its good work and contribution in advancing science and technology, both in South Africa and abroad, using pioneering methods.

"They're supporting the growth and sustainability of small business in areas such as biotechnology."

The deputy president said science is at the centre of progress and it's critical to the development of the continent.