In 2013, the CSIR entered into an agreement with SANParks to render specialist technology support over five years in several tactical and strategic programmes. A substantial part of the contribution lies in expertise in day and night surveillance, systems integration, communications and data collection and analysis, defence technology and tactics for specialised reaction force deployment and other systems that detect human movement, border crossing and the origin of gunshots.
By definition, security is the protection of a country and its people from anything that might have an impact on their well-being such as, crime waste dumping and the poaching of natural assets, just to name a few. Areas considered important to maintaining a country’s security are its politics, social environment, economic well-being, military capabilities and environment issues. A threat to any of these areas is a risk to the county’s security.
“2015 is the year in which the war on rhino poaching will be won or lost.” This is according to Major General (retired) Johan Jooste, Commanding Officer for Special Projects for the South African National Parks (SANParks). The CSIR has taken up the challenge to ensure that the best possible scientific and technological tools contribute to the protection of these natural resources. The latest intervention is the establishment of a mission-area control centre near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.
The CSIR assisted the South African National Parks with writing specifications for canine units to be deployed in the Kruger National Park as part of an on-going partnership between the two organisations.
The CSIR has converted a standard 4×4 trailer into a tactical unit, which will be used by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in clandestine counter-poaching operations.