Military information symposium attracts over 400 delegates


More than 400 delegates attended this year’s Military Information and Communications Symposium of South Africa (MICSSA) to hear and question 25 different information and communications technology (ICT) papers.

The symposium is hosted bi-annually by the Command Management Information Systems (CMIS) of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and was held at the CSIR International Conference Centre last month.

The theme of the conference was “Gaining the edge through ICT modernisation”. The CSIR has been a MICSSA partner for many years, along with Armscor and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA). The CSIR also exhibited at the conference.

Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka, CSIR manager for the command, control and information warfare research area, gave a keynote address on the topic, “Towards the modernisation of South Africa’s ICT systems: Implications for the SANDF”. In his concluding comments, he said “ICT modernisation would not be complete without the upskilling of the labour force,” pointing out that, “without the upskilling of its forces, the SANDF may not be better off with the most modern ICT equipment in a typical African battle space.”
“The purpose of this symposium is to share new technologies, trends and developments in the area of ICT,” said Dr Rachel Chikwamba, CSIR Group Executive. “Looking at the programme, I was impressed by the broad range of ICT presentations. I believe the CSIR contributed significantly by enriching the discussions during MICSSA 2016.”

This conference is important to the CSIR as it promotes the safety and the security of South Africa and its people. Chikwamba concluded: “We are here to champion scientific and industrial development in the national interest with partners from the private and public sector to improve the quality of life of all South Africans.”