Group Executive: Research & Development at the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
Date and place of birth
3 December 1965
PhD, Materials Engineering 1999 The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
MSc, Materials Engineering 1997 The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
BSc, Mechanical Engineering 1994 Tuskegee University, USA
BSc, Physics 1994 Tuskegee University, USA
Engineering Trade Certificate/Artisan 1989 James Park College, S.A
N6, National Technical Certificate 1989 Shikoane Matlala Technical College, S.A
Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
He is the past co-opted member of Council (SAIMM)
Brief career history:
Dr Molefi Motuku is currently the Group Executive: Research & Development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Prior to joining the CSIR, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA). He managed the Advance Materials (Physical Metallurgy) Division at Mintek and was later appointed General Manager: Research & Development before joining NMISA in 2010. Before joining Mintek, he was the Director of the Fort Hare Institute of Technology (FHIT); and prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Tuskegee University, USA. He spent over four years at Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co. Ltd, Rustenburg Platinum Holdings in the mid-eighties.
Dr Motuku has over seventeen years of solid and hands-on strategic, business, research & development, leadership and management experience in science and technology; minerals and mining; renewable energy solutions, and the advanced engineering environment.
He is familiar with the National System of Innovation, and has experience in working with local and foreign governments at all levels, specifically the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti), the Department of Mineral Resources as well as the mining industry.