Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation & Engagement.
In her address, Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation & Engagement and one of the signatories, emphasised the importance of industry partnerships. She said: “The Institute for the Future of Work seeks to institutionalise this, hoping for private sector investment in the initiative designed for mutual benefit. TUT also seeks partnerships that can help to expand the demonstration and testing platform focusing on IoT technologies. Partnerships can support impactful research and development projects, technology transfer, specific skills development programmes and incubation supporting the development of students and industries in South Africa”
Dr Jabu Mtsweni, the Head of the CSIR’s Information and Cyber Security Centre, indicated that the collaboration between TUT and the CSIR is strategic and unique, especially because the CSIR and the University share many values including similar statements in their missions.
The new relationship provides for both organisations to contribute in building human capital, supervision capacity, transformative research and development, and home-grown solutions in the cybersecurity domain”. Mtsweni said. He added that the collaboration between the CSIR and TUT is unique because they share resources that have a better understanding of both the CSIR and TUT business model.
Dr Motodi Maserumule, CSIR Divisional Group Executive: Mining, Manufacturing, Defense and Security, said since the inception of the CSIR 76 years ago, collaboration has always been part of the DNA of the CSIR.
He added: “Collaboration is who we are, and we always collaborate with outstanding institutions. The CSIR will take this collaboration opportunity with both hands and make it a success for the socio-economic transformation of the country. We expect a lot of R&D outputs from this collaboration, but also development of new SMMEs in the cybersecurity domain.”