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The importance of international cooperation towards mutual benefit
Dr Jean Marc Nasr


Panel discussion: How do we see the role of aerospace companies in support of industrial development in SA?


Understanding the trade-offs between development and resources


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Sizwe Nxasana

Founder of Future Nation Schools and Chairperson of National Student Financial Aid Scheme and National Education Collaboration Trust



Nxasana holds BCom, BCompt (Hons) degrees and a CA (SA) qualification.  He started his career at Unilever. In 1989, he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in KwaZulu Natal. In 1996, he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba now called SizweNtsalubaGobodo which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998, he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges. Nxasana was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Nxasana serves as chairman on various foundations and trusts. He is the co-founder and chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He was appointed chairman of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme in August 2015 and chairman of the Ministerial Task Team developing a new funding model for students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds.

Nxasana is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Future Nation Schools which is a chain of affordable private schools in South Africa. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group which is involved in Edtech, academic publishing and real estate.

Nxasana has been conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.


6th CSIR Conference presentations: Day 2

Opening plenary session: The changing face of manufacturing: Industry 4.0
Industrial innovation and industry 4.0 Janeen Uzzelll
Staying ahead: Driving and implementing technology evolution Dr Jean Marc Nasr
Shaping the future of production: Country-readiness and social impact Mark Saunders
Digitisation to foster industrial development I
Wendy Dent
Dr Quentin Williams
Digitisation to foster industrial development II
Reimagining industrial development in the digital age Hans Zachar
A strategic perspective on leading global technology developments in pursuit of digitalisation for industrial development Dr Harry Teifel
The CSIR and bringing smart systems to industry Lee Annamalai
Emerging manufacturing technologies I
Johann du Toit
Ralf Leinen
Dr Neil Trollip
Emerging manufacturing technologies II
International collaboration tools for industrial development Dan Nagy
The impact of advanced manufacturing technologies: An SMME perspective Peter Erasmus
The contribution of high-performance computing and modelling for industrial development Dr Happy Sithole
Cybersecurity threats to the growth of the South African industry
Darshan Lakha
Paul Strauss
Dr Kiru Pillay
Dr Barend Taute
Cybersecurity as an enabler and prerequisite for Industry 4.0
Cyber 4.0 - The evolution of cybercrime Kovelin Naidoo
The security of embedded devices and Internet of Things security from an industry perspective Jaco Botha
Video killed the radio stars Aubrey Swanepoel
CSIR research and development aimed at enabling industry 4.0 from a cybersecurity perspective Dr Jabu Mtsweni
A competitive aerospace industry
The importance of international cooperation towards mutual benefit Dr Jean Marc Nasr
Accessing global aerospace supply chains from South Africa Jay Isaac
CSIR research and development in aerospace Dr Kaven Naidoo
Industrial development for medical devices and diagnostics
Innovating transformative medical devices and growing the local medical device manufacturing sector Dr Tony Bunn
Industry and funding challenges: Playing for both teams Pieter de Beer
CSIR research, development and innovation initiatives for the medical device and diagnostic industry Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi
Sustainable economic growth
Industrial symbiosis - a means to power regional growth and the green transition Dr Per Møller
Simultaneous energy and water optimisation in design, synthesis and optimisation of chemical plants Prof. Thokozani Majozi
Understanding the trade-offs between development and resources Xolisa Ngwadla
Industrial development and its link to water
Water, job creation, industrial development and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa Alex Simalabwi
Planning for water infrastructure to support industrial development: The Coega Special Economic Zone - Spatial Planning to support water demand for long-term growth and short-term demand Graham Taylor
CSIR technologies and interventions to maximise the availability of water for scenarios of industrial growth Dr Harrison Pienaar


The 6th CSIR Conference takes place on 5 and 6 October 2017, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa under the theme ‘Ideas that work for industrial d

6th CSIR Conference presentations: Day 1

Opening plenary session - Video

Industrial Policy: Where does innovation fit in?

Saul Levin
Trends in and outlook for the global and South African economies Jorge Maia
Skills and innovation as a driver for industrial development in South Africa Sizwe Nxasana

Localisation for industrial development

Garth Strachan
Henk Langenhoven
Ashley Bhugwandin

The growth and transformation of the South African defence industry

Theo Kleynhans
Dr Moses Khanyile

Erlank Pienaar

Industrial development of SMMEs in the bioeconomic sector

Christo Fourie

Kris Wadrop

Dr Daniel Visser

The elusive competitive advantage in local pharmaceutical manufacturing

Stavros Nicolaou
Glaudina Loots
Perspectives from a new entrant in biopharmaceuticals Martin S Magwaza
Enabling local production of biopharmaceuticals in South Africa Dr Tsepo Tsekoa

From waste to value-adding alternatives for improved industrial competitiveness

Ruben Janse van Rensburg
Sarushen Pillay
Dr Bruce Sithole

Industrial development guided by science: opportunities and risks of shale gas development

Prof. Bob Scholes
Rudi Heydenrich
Luanita Snyman-van der Walt

Nigel Rossouw

Infrastructure innovation as an enabler for industrial development

Jack van der Merwe
Llewellyn van Wyk
Lizeka Matshekga

Industrial development in the transport sector

Mohan Vivekanandan

Prof. Jan Havenga

Chris Hlabisa

Maximising South Africa's mineral endowment

Dr Edwin Ritchken
Dr Paul Jourdan

Navin Singh

Product lifecycle management in the context of industrial development

Garth Strachan, Riaan Coetzee, Joost G.A. van Gemert, Rentia Barnard

Martin Sanne

The Siemens vision and its effect on local industry Bas van Dijk