The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the SA National Space Agency (SANSA) will work together fostering research and supporting industrial development in space sciences and technologies.
The organisations this week renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will strengthen implementation of space strategies of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the African Union (AU). The first MoU between the CSIR and SANSA was signed in November of 2013.
The renewed agreement was signed in Pretoria by the CSIR CEO, Dr Thulani Dlamini and SANSA CEO Dr Valanathan Munsami.
The organisations aim to maintain and grow South Africa’s tradition in space science, dating back to the 1950s, which positioned the country as an active participant in the global space arena with unique space infrastructure.
According to the organisations, the signing of the memorandum is expected to optimise South Africa’s investment in research and development in the space industry and maximise existing benefits of space services and applications.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dlamini said the partnership was a significant step toward improving research and developing new industries in the space sciences and technology areas.
“This partnership will enable us to draw on each other’s research capabilities and infrastructure to develop new industries which will positively impact our economy and help realise our mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans through science and technology,” he said.
Munsami said the MoU cemented the existing relationship between the two DST entities for the greater benefit to South African citizens in the areas of space science collaboration. “Space science and technology is integrated into our daily lives and by contributing to industry support in this area we will impact the future of a rapidly growing industry segment and bring value to all citizens utilising technologies associated with space.”