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About the Webinar

The online Webinar will profile the role that science has played in the fight against COVID-19 and will serve as a platform to celebrate some of the successful efforts that scientific entities are playing in the efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. The sessions will also highlight the importance of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in modern society.

Webinar Details

18 November 2020: National Ventilator Projects

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Time: 16:30 – 18:30

Panellists:

  • Willem Esterhuyse - Head: Engineering (SARAO)

  • CSIR Future Production: Manufacturing Team

25 November 2020: COVID-19 Diagnostic Research

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Time: 17:00 – 18:30

Panellists:

  • Dr Lusisizwe Kwezi (CSIR), CSIR senior researcher
  • Dr Daniel Ndima, Founding CEO at CapeBio Technologies

2 December 2020: Understanding Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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Time: 17:00 – 18:30

Panellists:

  • Professor Nceba Gqaleni
  • Mdumiseni Nxumalo

Date:18 November 2020
Time:16:30 – 18:30
————————————————————– The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), which has been mandated by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC) to manage the process in the National Ventilator Project. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) – in collaboration with a number of local partners – has completed work on a local ventilator to be rolled out nationwide to patients showing respiratory distress in the early phase of COVID-19 infection. The objective of The National Ventilator project is to meet the anticipated demand for simple, low-cost ventilators that can be rapidly produced, certified and deployed in large numbers, in order to treat the majority of hospitalised COVID-19 patients. The project also aims to o establish a support or incubation programme to meet the anticipated ventilator demand for the treatment of a smaller number of critically ill patients. The development forms part of government’s National Ventilator Project (NVP) under the auspices of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC), and is supported by the Solidarity Fund. The Session aims to profile the and celebrate the work that these organizations have done in the response to COVID-19.

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Date:25 November 2020
 
Time:17:00 – 18:30

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The session will profile the extensive work done by Dr Lusisizwe Kwezi from the CSIR and Dr Daniel Ndima from CapeBio. The collaboration has resulted in the developed a cost-effective, commercial-scale technology for the production of Taq DNA polymerase, a key ingredient in RT-PCR reagents. This technology was licensed to CapeBio, which successfully commercialised it for local and international markets.

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Date:02 December 2020
Time:17:00 – 18:30
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The session will focus on Indigenous Knowledge Systems(IKS) and the importance of IKS in modern society. The session will also discuss the interface between science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The session will also detail the scientific process involved in researching Indigenous Knowledge Systems as well as the application of that research in society.

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Njabulo Duma

Njabulo Duma

Project Officer
njabulo@saasta.ac.za