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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a prominent research organization dedicated to developing and disseminating technologies to foster socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. Through its work, the CSIR contributes to industrial development and supports the growth of a capable state. (General Assistants)

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Position: General Assistants

Job Description:
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is offering a thrilling opportunity for a General Assistant to join the Facilities Management and Security Services (FM&SS) portfolio. The role involves carrying out semi-skilled repair and maintenance tasks, as well as assisting in planned and breakdown maintenance, refurbishments, and new installations. The General Assistant will also be responsible for performing preventative maintenance tasks on buildings, equipment, and ancillary areas. This position is based in Pretoria.


Supporting Artisans and Handyman, the General Assistant will participate in planned maintenance and repairs of CSIR buildings, plants, and equipment. Perform minor plumbing work, including assembling and installing piping, toilets, washbasins, valves, and fittings, and conducting preventative maintenance inspections. Support the plumber in various plumbing tasks, such as installations, inspections, diagnosing faults/leaks, testing, and repairing pipes, fixtures, and water systems. Undertake routine tasks related to erecting and repairing structures, maintaining stormwater and drainage systems, excavating earth, clearing and leveling sites, and installing and maintaining piping systems and fixtures. Erect and dismantle temporary structures like barricades and scaffolding. Handle general facilities duties, including housekeeping, cleaning vehicles used by the section, and attending to personnel visiting the site, such as contractors. Fulfill other general duties within the section and assist clients with minor requests assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

Grade 12 certificate.
Two (2) years experience in a technical/maintenance environment.
Good knowledge of maintenance and Facilities management.
Familiarity with Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), and statutory compliance in a workshop environment.
Code 8 driver’s license with a medical clearance certificate.

Closing Date: 24 July 2023

Please note that feedback will be provided only to shortlisted candidates.

For more information, kindly contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at Please refrain from sending applications to this mailbox, as it is intended for inquiries only.

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