Legal notice and disclaimer
This agreement is between the CSIR and any person accessing and using this website or those acting through such persons (‘the User’).
Please note that by accessing this website, you are using it entirely at your own risk and are agreeing to be bound by all of the terms and conditions as set out herein. In the event that you do not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, please exit this website as you may not access, display, use, download, copy or distribute any of the content of this website. By using this website you, the User, undertake not to use this website for any illegal or unlawful purpose and are using a computer system or device that you are authorised to use.
The CSIR makes a reasonable effort to keep the contents of this website updated, complete and accurate, but does not warrant or represent that the information is always updated and correct, therefore, the onus lies on you to verify any information before use. The CSIR does not warrant that this website is uninterrupted, virus and default free. It is the responsibility of the User to ensure that his/her device, hardware and/or software are compatible with this website.
Should this website provide a link to another website, the use of such other linked website must not be construed to constitute a relationship with this websites terms and conditions. The use of such links will be at your own risk and liability. In terms of section 15(1) the Merchandise Marks Act, 1941 (Act 17 of 1941) as amended, the User or anyone who acts through or via him/her may not use the CSIR logo, brand, trademarks and copyright without an expressed written permission of the CSIR.
If any particular provision of this website is unenforceable and may be severed from the remaining terms and conditions, then such remaining terms and conditions shall continue to apply. Failure to apply any of these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right.
The CSIR reserves the right to modify and update this website at any given time and as such, there may be down-time of the website from time-to-time.
The CSIR, its board, executive management, employees, sub-contractors, agents, representative or assigns shall not be held liable for any claims (for personal injury, whether direct, indirect, consequential or special in any manner whatsoever), losses and damages that may be suffered by the User or his/her employees, sub-contractors, agents, representative or assigns that may arise, directly or indirectly, from use or reliance of the contents of this website and its functionality.
By accessing and using this website, you hereby indemnify CSIR, its board, executive management, employees, sub-contractors, agents, representative or assigns against any and all liability for all claims, loss, damages made by any third party or incurred by you in respect of any third party that arises from your use of this website.
This website shall be governed by the laws of South Africa. The use of this website constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions, which contract is then deemed to have been made in Pretoria in South Africa.
The CSIR cares about your personal information and we therefore provide you (the user of this website) with this notice so that you may make an informed decision about whether you would like to use the website or not.
Please note that by using this website you consent to this Privacy Notice. If you do not consent to this Privacy Notice you must stop using this website immediately.
What personal information do we collect?
When you use this website, the CSIR collects the following personal information automatically (this will always be recorded without you having to do anything):
- Your IP address, browser and operating system information;
- The date and time you accessed the website;
- Your geographic location The pages you view while using the website;
- Any search terms you use when using the website’s search functionality.
In addition, we collect any personal information that you voluntarily provide to the CSIR. For example, by submitting a CV or subscribing to a newsletter.
What do we do with it?
The personal information we collect automatically is to help the CSIR improve the functionality and content of its website.
The information we collect that you provide voluntarily is to provide you with a service, or facilitate a function, where your personal information is required to provide the service or fulfil the function.
Who do we share it with?
We share the personal information you provide voluntarily and the personal information we collect automatically differently.
Personal information provided voluntarily:
We do not share this personal information with third parties unless we have a justifiable reason to do so. Typically, the third parties who will have access to your personal information are the contracted parties who assist us with the development of the website IT maintenance and related matters.
In certain circumstances we may be forced by law to share your personal information, for example, when served with a court order or other valid request from a lawful authority.
In other circumstances we may share personal information that has been anonymised and it will not be possible to link the information to a specific individual.
Personal information collected automatically:
Some of the personal information that is collected automatically is collected by third parties whose technology we use to provide website functionality and acquire website analytics information. The table below lists these third parties, where they are located, details on opting out of their personal information collection, and if available, their contact details for privacy queries.
Company: Google Inc. Services: Google Analytics, DoubleClick, YouTube
Opt-Out / Privacy Contact:
In addition, if you make use of the social media sharing buttons on the website, your information will be automatically collected by the social media company that you use to share content (see the “Social Media Platforms and External Links” section below).
How do we collect your personal information?
With regard to the personal information we collect, we make use of a number of technologies that collect personal information automatically:
Cookies: Cookies are small files that are saved onto your computer which track, save and store information about how you use this website. In some instances, these cookies are needed for the website to function – you can disable them in your browser but this may interfere with the proper functioning of the website.
Google analytics: This is tracking software from Google which we use to monitor how users interact with the website in order for us to improve its functionality and content.
Web-server software: Web-server software delivers web-pages to your browser. The web-server software will automatically collect your IP address whenever you connect to the website.
YouTube: This is software used to display videos. We do not collect personal information from you by placing these videos on our site or through you viewing them, but Google Inc. (which owns YouTube) collects personal information when videos are placed on webpages.
Social media platforms and external links
This website may make use of social media platforms such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Whenever you make use of any such platforms on this website please note that any personal information you share on these platforms is subject to their privacy policies and not the CSIR.
This website may also contain links to external (non-CSIR) websites. Whenever you click a link and are taken to an external website, note that your use of these websites is governed by their privacy policies and not the CSIR.
Securing your information
We take care to protect your personal information using information security safeguards, however, you should be aware that no safeguards are 100% effective all of the time and it is therefore possible that your personal information may be accessed by unauthorised or unknown persons should these safeguards be defeated or fail.
Changes to this Notice
We may amend this privacy notice at any time. All amendments shall be posted on this website. Unless we state otherwise, the current version will replace all previous versions of this notice. It is your responsibility to check for changes each time you visit the website.
How to contact us
Physical address: Privacy Office, Building 3B, Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria, South Africa
Physical address: Privacy Office, PO Box 395, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telephone number: +27(0)12 841 3267
Copyright in this website and its contents vests with the CSIR. You may not reproduce or redistribute any part or all of the contents without authorisation nor may you transmit or store it on any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.
Conditions of use of information
The User expressly acknowledges and agrees that the use of the data and information contained in these pages is at the User’s sole risk. The data and information contained in these pages are provided ‘as is’ and without any warranty of any kind.
The CSIR makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that the data and information contained in its World Wide Web (WWW) pages has fitness or merchantability for a particular purpose. No warranties are made that the data and information contained in these pages will meet your requirements, is complete or free from error. No warranty is given as to the accuracy or reliability of the data and information contained in these WWW pages.
In no event shall the CSIR be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of business profits, loss of business information or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of, or inability to use, the data and information contained in these www pages.