Defence well represented at this week’s CSIR conference


Defence is going to be well represented at this week’s CSIR conference with seven speakers due to address topics ranging from landmine protection through to fighting poaching and streamlining aeronautical systems.

The two day event on Thursday and Friday at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria is a highlight of the research and development organisation’s year and covers all areas it operates in.

Of particular interest, not only to the nation’s security agencies but the general public as well will be the paper to be delivered by Priaash Ramadeen. He will speak on technology to combat poaching with the emphasis on taking it from the developmental – laboratory – stage to the practical in national parks and game reserves.

Other defence speakers and their subjects are Rayeesa Ahmed (Research and development to protect soldiers from landmines and improvised explosive devices), Kevin Jamieson (The reality behind the assumptions: modelling and simulation support for the SA Air Force), Simphiwe Mkwelo (Your eyes and ears in the battlefield” optical and radar/radio frequency sensor research and development), Dr Kaven Naidoo (novel technologies for streamlined aeronautical systems research and development), Cobus Venter (Finding the right technology solutions to secure our borders) and Mthobisi Clyde Zondi (Technology-based acquisition strategies for the future defence force).

Former SA Navy chief and current Armscor chairman, retired vice admiral Johannes Mudimu, will deliver the keynote address for the defence component of the CSIR conference on Thursday.

Another area of interest for the wider defence and security community is the cyber security component of the conference. Five papers are set to be delivered on this topic on Friday.