The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is South Africa’s central and premier scientific research and development organisation
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It was established by an act of parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in the city of Pretoria.
It is the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in Africa and accounts for about 10% of the entire African R&D budget. It has a staff of approximately 3,000 technical and scientific researchers, often working in multi-disciplinary teams.