Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

PO Box 395 Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Email: callcentre@csir.co.za
Tel: + 27 12 841 2911
Fax: +27 12 349 1153
Web: www.csir.co.za

About the institution:
Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945, the CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. The CSIR’s main site is in Pretoria, while it is represented in most of the nine provinces of South Africa through regional offices. The organisation undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology (S&T) services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors. The CSIR transfers the knowledge generated through research activities by means of technology and skilled people. The generation and application of knowledge reside at the core of the CSIR. This takes place in domains such as biosciences; the built environment; defence, peace, safety and security; materials science and manufacturing; and natural resources and the environment. The Water Resource Governance Systems (WRGS) group is situated in the competency area, water resources. The focus of the WRGS is on knowledge generation in the areas of policy, governance, water resource planning and management approaches and social-ecological systems (including human health). The objective is to ensure the equitable, efficient and sustainable deployment of water resources to support socio-economic development. The WRGS has recently employed two anthropologists as a part of their full-time staff compliment. This is a groundbreaking move for the CSIR and shows their commitment toward trans-disciplinary and trans-boundary research.

Role in LiveDiverse:
WP4 Public beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and preferences leader, and provides expertise in gender issues, anthropology, conflict reconciliation and socio-economic development in developing countries.

Key researchers:
Marius Claasen
Maronel Steyn

Key publications
Hattingh, J, Maree, GA, Ashton, PJ, Leaner, J, Rascher J and Turton, AR. (2007 in press). Introduction to Ecosystem Governance: Focusing on Africa In: Ecosystem Governance: Focusing on Africa. Special Edition of Water Policy – Official Journal of the World Water Council. IWA Publishing. London.

Rascher, Jeanette. 1993. The Implementation of Qualitative Research in Urban Areas. In: South African Journal of Ethnology, Volume 16.

Rascher, Jeanette, Nortje, Karen, Turton, Anthony and Maree, Gillian, A. (2007 in press). Resettlement Practices within the Context of two case studies: The Lesotho Highlands Water Project in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Phongolapoort Dam in the KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa. Presented at the International Workshop on Reservoir Inundation Related Issues in Cairo, Egypt, 12-15 February 2007.